Believe it or not, it’s in basically three weeks that Metroid: Samus Returns, the first 2D Metroid in many years, will be released on Nintendo 3DS. Earlier today, the game was showcased on Nintendo’s livestream at gamescom 2017, and new elements were introduced. Make sure to check everything in this post!
And if you want to see more of the game, no problem! Nintendo just uploaded a brand new trailer for it, that briefly goes over the main features and elements of the game. It starts with a brief overview of the story, which sees Samus travel all the way to Planet SR388 in order to exterminate the Metroid menace.
That planet certainly is no tropical paradise: hidden paths everywhere, dangerous lifeforms at every turn, strange mechanisms… Needless to say, a good map is a requirement to get around the planet, and it’s pretty convenient that you just happen to have one displayed at all times on the bottom screen of the Nintendo 3DS.
In Metroid: Samus Returns, Samus Aran can use various abilities to get around the world, but also defeat enemies. Here’s a few examples:
- morph ball
- ice beam
- grapple beam
- space jump (continuous jumps)
There’s also a brand new ability called the Melee Counter: if your timing is right, you can counterattack using a melee attack, and stun enemies for a few moments, leaving them completely vulnerable.
Metroid: Samus Returns also introduces 4 special abilities called “Aeion Abilities”:
- Scan Pulse: scan environments for hidden paths
- Lightning Armour: generates a barrier that nullifies attacks
- Beam Burst: enhances your beam’s power and fire rate
- Phase Drift: slows down time
But unlike regular abilities, Aeion Abilities require a special energy called “Aeion Energy”, and that one is finite. If the gauge is completely empty, you will not be able to use those special abilities until you find some more energy to fill it up.
Finally, the overview trailer ends with a showcase of the amiibo features, but those are already detailed in this post, so there’s not much left for us to say!
Here’s the overview trailer for Metroid: Samus Returns on Nintendo 3DS:
And here’s the Japanese version of that same trailer:
Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS) comes out on September 15th worldwide.