At E3 2017, Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo premiered Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS. The surprise game is in the mould of older Metroid platform games but with lush 3D graphics. File-Aime said it will be ‘launching later on this year’.
Nintendo said the game is ‘a reimagination of the original Game Boy classic that was released in 1991, Metroid II: Return of Samus.’ In this way it is similar to the 2004 Game Boy Advance game Metroid: Zero Mission, which was a remake of the first ever Metroid game from 1986.
Nintendo also announced it is working on Metroid Prime 4 for the Switch.
When is Metroid: Samus Returns coming out?
Nintendo announced that the game will be out on 15 September 2017.
This is certainly the US release date, but we predict a global release around the same week.
How much will it cost?
The game will likely cost £34.99 in the UK in line with most other major 3DS releases.
What is the style of gameplay?
The game is a remake of the 1991 Game Boy game Metroid II. As you can see from the below screenshot from that game, the new one will be a tad prettier.
Nintendo said that gameplay will include new abilities for Samus and her famous suit, such as free aiming, a shooting method not possible on consoles with fewer controls than the 3DS.
It’s a sidescroller unlike the home console Metroid Prime series, but the 3DS can produce some stunning scenery, with gameplay previews showing deep colour palettes, smooth transitions and a great depth of field.
Nintendo has a brilliant track record of bringing new life to remakes. Even if you’ve played Metroid II: Return of Samus for hours, we have no doubt you’ll still want to get this.
Metroid: Samus Returns trailer and interview
As well as the gameplay trailer at the top of the page, below is the full game reveal from Nintendo at E3.
Metroid: Samus Returns screenshots