Rejoice, Nintendo fans!
The video gaming juggernaut announced a pair of brand new Metroid titles today at E3!
First up, we've got a new sidescrolling game for 3DS called Metroid: Samus Returns.Said to be a reimagination of the classic Game Boy game Metroid II: Return of Samus, the new title is being developed by MercurySteam and will arrive on September 15th.
You can check out the trailer for the game posted below...
Here are some more specific details revealed about the game by Nintendo...
- Samus now has free-aiming; you can point her arm cannon with a full 360-degree range of motion.
- Samus has a Melee Counter: Right before an enemy charging at you hits your body, you can press X to knock them away and score a counter hit.
- “Aeon abilities” are a new feature not in the original, giving Samus different abilities that are not suit upgrades. They’re limited abilities that rely on an energy gauge. One, called “Scan Pulse,” lets you display more of the game’s mini-map in a small area around you, showing you where hidden pathways and items are.
- Like the original Game Boy game, you’re hunting down Metroids right from the get-go, and you have a Metroid detector to let you know they’re nearby.
- You can use “map pins” to remind yourself to visit a location later once you have a new ability.
- Metroid fights use the Melee Counter, too; the Alpha Metroid Samus goes up against has a highly-telegraphed charge slam that you can counter, to open him up for a damage opportunity.
- The game’s soundtrack is being composed by two of the composers from the SNES game Super Metroid.
- You can load up a menu seemingly at any time and return yourself to the “Last Checkpoint” or the “Last Save.”
- The game does have 3D effects. (Hey, these days with 3DS games that’s not exactly a given...)
- Going by the menu screen, it would seem as if there are 40 total Metroids (of different evolutions) scattered about the game for you to take down.
- Samus acquires the Spring Ball not by finding a statue, but by defeating an evolved Metroid.
Metroid: Samus Returns is an action-packed, side-scrolling shooter which has been remade to include engaging and immersive 3D visuals and a rich, atmospheric color palette.
But, that's not all! A teaser trailer has also been released for Metroid Prime 4, which is currently in development for the Nintendo Swich. A release date has not been announced and Nintendo has not revealed any additional details for the game...
Let it never be said that Nintendo doesn't hear the fans! A new Metroid Prime has been at the top of most gamer's wish lists for years now - well, at least since the last game was released in 2007.
Look for more details soon!