During its E3 2017 press conference, Nintendo announces Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS. The game will bring back one of gaming’s most iconic female protagonists to the handheld device.
Metroid: Samus Returns is one of several upcoming 3DS games with female leads, as RPG Ever Oasis and the forthcoming Lady Layton release both starring women.
Metroid: Samus Returns Coming to Nintendo 3DS
Metroid: Samus Returns has been described by Nintendo as an “action-packed” side-scrolling shooter. The game is a “reimagination” of Metroid 2: Return of Samus which was initially released on Game Boy in 1991.
Though, despite this being a remake, it comes with several gameplay improvements for iconic female protagonist Samus Aran to take advantage of. These include: free-aiming for Samus’ arm cannon, a Metroid scanner for enemies, “map pins” which make it easier to return to a previously visited location, a Melee Counter attack, and Aeion abilities which use energy and aren’t suit upgrades.
Additionally, Nintendo has unveiled two new amiibo for the game, one of which you can see below. The other is an amiibo of a Metroid.
For big fans of Samus Aran – particularly female gamers – the Nintendo announcement is fantastic news. Samus is cited as the first female protagonist in a mainstream game ever, having first being introduced in 1986. This year’s release of Metroid: Samus Returns should also make up for 2016’s Metroid Prime: Federation Force, which many were unhappy with as it was a spin-off not a core series title.
What’s also positive is that Metroid: Samus Returns isn’t the only new Metroid game set to star the female lead. During its E3 presentation, Nintendo also announced Metroid Prime 4 for the Nintendo Switch with a brief teaser trailer. No details about the game have been revealed yet and it seems unlikely that the game will release this year, but the news is still exciting nonetheless.
Metroid: Samus Returns will be released on September 15 for Nintendo 3DS.
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