2D Metroid is back in the form of 3DS title Metroid: Samus Returns. Based on the classic GameBoy title, Metroid II: Return of Samus, the game blends 2D gameplay with 3D visuals and a dynamic camera. Metroid: Samus Returns is due for release in 2017, only on 3DS family systems (so no Switch version, sadly).
We’ll round up all the info on the game right here, including the Metroid: Samus Returns release date, Special Edition details, and pre-order info.
Metroid: Samus Returns Essential Information:
- Release Date: September 15, 2017
- Price: $39.99
- Platform: Nintendo 3DS family
- Developer: MercurySteam
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Genre: 2D Action Platformer
At Gamescom 2017 Nintendo released a brand new trailer for the game, showcasing the classic Metroid gameplay and amiibo functionality.
Metroid: Samus Returns Release Date, Special Edition, Developer, New Moves
Metroid: Samus Returns will be released worldwide on September 15 and will be compatible with all 3DS family systems (3DS and 2DS). A special Edition of the game will also be released, coming in a fancier box and complete with a 25-track soundtrack CD.
MercurySteam, the Spanish studio behind the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series is working with Nintendo to create Metroid: Samus Returns. The team is no stranger to 2D metroidvania-style titles, having developed Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate. Although Mirror of Fate had a mixed reception, many players believed it to be an excellent entry in the genre.
“Metroid is one of the most recognized Nintendo franchises and we are so honoured to collaborate with them on the latest game in the saga of space-faring bounty hunter Samus Aran,” said Enric Alvarez, Head of Studio at MercurySteam. “Our collaboration with Nintendo will give gamers around the world the chance to play this fantastic adventure in a completely new way not seen before”.
“The development of this Metroid game with Mercury Steam has gone very smoothly and more than anything, it has been very exciting,” said Yoshio Sakamoto, senior officer of Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning & Development Department, and the producer of the overall Metroid franchise. “Metroid: Samus Returns is based on the GameBoy classic Metroid II: Return of Samus, and we are very confident that this collaboration with Mercury Steam is the reason we have been able to successfully pull together various features like actions never seen before in the Metroid series, a stunning recreation of the planet SR388 and classical Metroid gameplay elements into a single powerful package.”
Although the game is based on the GameBoy original, this complete remake offers brand new 3D visuals and a number of new moves. Players will be able to make use of a melee counter, 360 degree free-aim, a fast area-to-area teleport system, and Aeion abilities.
These Aeion abilities give Samus new non-suit-based skills and make use of the Aeion gauge. One ability shown off is the Scan Pulse. This lets players see more of the mini-map, revealing hidden pathways or items.
All the new features can be seen in an extensive Metroid: Samus Returns gameplay demo from Nintendo’s E3 2017 Treehouse stream.
Brand New Metroid Amiibo
Nintendo has announced that two new Metroid amiibo will be released that have functionality in the game. One amiibo is the expected Samus, shown in her Metroid 2 pose, while the other is an escaped Metroid that has a soft and squishy feel.
Nintendo Addresses the Metroid: Samus Returns Amiibo Controversy
When Metroid: Samus Returns was initially announced by Nintendo, there was speculation that the 'hard mode' of the game was locked exclusively behind Amiibo. Nintendo recently clarified to USgamer that this was not entirely the case, and that while the hardest Fusion Mode difficulty will be locked behind Amiibo for the game, the standard Hard Mode for the game can be unlocked after beating Metroid: Samus Returns on standard difficulty.
The Fusion Mode difficulty will not be available as DLC through the Nintendo eShop, and can only be unlocked through Amiibo, all of which are detailed above. Fusion Mode unlocks Samus' Fusion Suit, as well as taking the difficulty up a notch.
Our Metroid: Samus Returns Hands-On Impressions
We recently got the opportunity to play Metroid: Samus Returns at a preview event, and while we were initially concerned for the game after finding out that the studio behind the remaster were responsible Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, are fears were put to rest after seeing the game running gloriously on the Nintendo 3DS.
There are several new features coming to Metroid: Samus Returns. These include the ability for Samus to now aim 360 degrees all around her, and is generally far more relaxed about how our protagonist moves, giving her opportunities to jump all around the landscape with relative ease. There's even a new melee counter attack, that lets Samus stun nearby enemies, but only if timed to perfection (which we found out requires quite some practice).
We'll bring you more info on Metroid: Samus Returns for 3DS as news breaks.. We've also got all the info on Switch game, Metroid Prime 4.
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