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Following the bombshell teaser of Metroid Prime 4 at their E3 Spotlight event, Nintendo took to their Treehouse stream to announce Metroid: Samus Returns, a 3DS “re-imagining” of Metroid II: Return of Samus.
Although the cinematic trailer doesn’t say too much about the game, the Treehouse followed it with an extended gameplay preview. Metroid: Samus Returns seems to play exactly like its 2D, side-scrolling predecessors, except with updated graphics, audio, and a handful of new mechanics. For example, the bottom 3DS screen will display a HUD, including a map of the game’s levels. Samus will have a full range of motion aiming, as well as new moves such as an uppercut and limited “Aeon abilities.”
It’s interesting that Nintendo didn’t include Metroid: Samus Returns in their Spotlight, but then again, the gameplay is mostly business as usual. That being said, it’ll be cool to see an updated version of a classic game such as Metroid II. Those ready for the return of Samus will be able to step into her shoes on September 27th, 2017.
EDIT: the game will also launch with two amiibo; a classic Samus and Metroid. In addition, Metroid: Samus Returns will have a collector’s edition which includes a compilation soundtrack CD of tracks from every Metroid game.
Check out the trailer below: