Everything We Know About Metroid: Samus Returns
The latest Metroid game returns to series roots with a few new surprises.
Nintendo dropped a bomb on Metroid fans with this year's E3 presentation. Not only did the company surprise reveal an all-new entry to the beloved Metroid Prime series, the company also teased Nintendo 3DS players with a fresh take on classic Metroid action. The title they revealed is called Metroid: Samus Returns, and it's an all-new updated version of Metroid 2: The Return of Samus completely reimagined for the 3DS hardware. Despite being based around a 16-bit classic, there's still plenty to learn about Samus' latest outing, and we've collected all available information about Metroid: Samus Returns below.
New Features Added To Metroid: Samus Returns
One of the biggest and most obvious features new to the Metroid 2 formula is Samus Returns' shift to 3D-based graphics. While the game will still mostly play out on a two-dimensional plane, Samus Returns is based around a 3D graphics engine that presents the familiar experience in an all-new way.
The changes are more than just visual, though: Samus Returns will include several new gameplay enhancements, most notably including the direction to fire Samus' weapon in any possible direction. Samus' arsenal has further been decked out with new powers which Nintendo has dubbed Aeion abilities, as well as a new energy meter that controls the frequency with which these abilities can be used. Lastly, Samus has been gifted with a potent melee counterattack that can be used to wipe out foes, even powerful ones, with a single attack.
Players will also be able to make use of Nintendo's Metroid-based amiibo to unlock new content within the game. Some amiibo will be able to unlock new tools and other power-ups within Samus Returns, which is business as usual, but Nintendo has made a potentially-controversial move by only allowing the game's Hard difficulty mode, called Fusion Mode, to be unlocked by the Metroid amiibo. Players will have to decide on their own whether or not this is a problem, but for Metroid fans who already have the amiibo sitting around, there probably won't be any issues.
Metroid: Samus Returns Release Date, Price, And Special Editions
Metroid fans won't have to wait long to get their hands on Metroid: Samus Returns, as the game is slated to release for Nintendo 3DS systems on September 15. In celebration of this upcoming release, and in order to give fans a fresh taste of the game after this year's E3 presentation, Nintendo has also released a brand-new four-and-a-half minute trailer for the game, which can be seen at the top of this story.
Two versions of the game will be released: the standard physical edition, which will be priced at $39.99, and the Special Edition version of the title, which will cost $49.99 and includes a special reversible insert for the game's case and what's called a "sound selection CD" titled Samus Archives which is slated to feature 25 different tracks from several different Metroid titles. Lastly, players in European territories will be treated to an exclusive Legacy Edition version of the game that includes the soundtrack CD, a pin badge, a download code for Metroid II, and a 40-page art book, all of which will be contained within a specially-designed Samus Returns steelbook case.
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