Oh dear Metroid fans, what a day! In addition to the short but intense confirmation that Metroid Prime 4 is in the works for Nintendo Switch, BigN revealed during the Nintendo Treehouse Live event that the 3DS family is also going to have its own Metroid goodness. This new title is called Metroid: Samus Returns, and it goes right down memory lane.
Developed in collaboration with MercurySteam, Metroid: Samus Returns is an expanded remake of GameBoy classic Metroid II (1991). A nice move for Nintendo since the game is not known for young players, and the storyline is right after the events of Metroid Prime 3 and Federation Force. Here are some infos taken from the Treehouse gameplay session:
- The game is a 2D side-scroller with 3D effects
- Samus can now aim her cannon in a full 360-degree range
- Melee Counter: when an enemy charges at you, press X to directly knock them down
- Aeion Abilities: abilities tied to an energy gauge (ex. Scan Pulse, a sonar revealing secrets)
- Special Suits are included (ex. Varia Suit)
- Gear upgrades can be obtained from defeating “boss” Metroids
- You have a Metroid Detector to hunt and take down Metroids
- Map Pins give you a reminder to visit specific locations
- Teleport Stations are unlockable so when Samus goes, Samus Returns! sorry…
In addition, Nintendo of America unveiled on its Twitter account that a series of two Metroid: Samus Returns amiibo will join the already massive catalogue of figurines: Samus Aran and the Metroid. They’ll come sold as a two-pack in North America. Furthermore, the 3DS title will be available in a Special Edition ($50) that contains the game and a “Samus Archives Sound Selection” OST.