3DS is Getting a New Metroid Game Called Samus Returns

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On the upper screen, players control Samus, who can run, jump, flip and morph into a movable sphere, while on the bottom screen, a map keeps tabs on progress through the game's labyrinthine nether regions.

Nintendo is remaking Metroid 2 from the Gameboy for the Nintendo 3DS. It stands out like a sore thumb from the rest of Nintendo's lineup to begin with, with its eerie, somber, science fiction trappings- but Nintendo also seems to give it less time in the spotlight than it does something like Mario or Zelda.

A short teaser presented during the conference showed a "4" over a galactic-themed background.

Previous Metroid games in the Prime canon adopted a first-person viewpoint while maintaining the series' sandbox design from the classic SNES and NES eras.

Nothing substantial has been said about the game.

This is certainly the USA release date, but we predict a global release around the same week.

3DS is Getting a New Metroid Game Called Samus Returns
3DS is Getting a New Metroid Game Called Samus Returns

Yes, the Metroid Prime continuation every fan has been begging for has been confirmed. The last game in the series was Metroid Prime 3, released in 2007. Interestingly, there are rumors that the Prime 4 will allow users to look around using the Switch tablet. Those games were critically acclaimed, but Nintendo fans have wanted to see Retro do something new with Metroid. The new "Core" game being similar to the games released on the 3DS, Ultra Sun and Moon for example, would be understandable since we now know for sure that the 3DS and Switch can communicate with each other, making trading and other tasks possible. In addition to enhanced graphics, players can expect a wide range of motion and brand new abilities.

As well as the gameplay trailer at the top of the page, below is the full game reveal from Nintendo at E3.

Metroid Prime: Samus Returns will launch on the Nintendo 3DS on September 15. MercuryStream is now finishing the game. It will launch in two forms: the regular version and a special edition with a soundtrack CD. They'll come sold as a two-pack in North America.

Over the years, Metroid Prime series earned praises from gamers and critics.

That's not all for the nearly-31-year-old franchise, though. So far, much of the attention has been on games for X-Box, Playstation, and PC; Nintendo, however, is getting in on the action too.

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