E3 2017: Metroid: Samus Returns Makes World Premiere

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

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Following the conclusion of Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight 2017, they saved one more surprise for Treehouse Live via Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS. A remake of 1991’s Metroid II: Return of Samus, it turns the dusty Game Boy Metroid into a 2.5D polygonal experience. As before, it looks like you’ll be hunting down all the Metroids remaining on SR388.

With Samus Returns, the mechanics of yore are getting an update as well. Aeon Abilities are brand new and give new powers to Samus’ suit, albeit in limited quantities. Examples shown included a Scan Pulse, which shows hidden paths and secrets while Samus is on the move.

Mercury Steam will be handling development duties. The studio previously worked on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate for 3DS, which launched in 2013. Samus Returns launches later this year, September 15th to be exact, so fans won’t have to wait long for the return of Samus.

About Alex Irish

When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise has to be Pokemon, full-stop. But his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4, He's been an attendee to the first-ever IGN House Party and a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.




  • Josh S.

    THIS is the announcement I was looking for. Well done, Nintendo. I can be hyped about Metroid once again 😀 Also, Prime 4 should be interesting.

  • Can we hear from the AM2R community?

  • Jeff Neuenschwander

    Certainly looks like the same style as Mirror of Fate. I guess it makes sense since (1) the two franchises share similar gameplay and (2) it’s developed by the same studio.

  • Panpopo

    The biggest reveals in E3 to me. This is so awesome!