E3 2017: Metroid: Samus Returns Coming to Nintendo 3DS
During the Nintendo Treehouse live stream today, Nintendo revealed Metroid: Samus Returns, coming to the 3DS on September 15, 2017. The game is a re-imagining of Metroid II: Return of Samus, which originally came out for the GameBoy in 1991. You can watch the trailer below.
MercurySteam is the developer of this remake, the same team behind Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Additionally, Samus Returns will include free aiming.
Last year, Nintendo shut down a Metroid 2 fan remake, AM2R, after the project was released on PC. A Nintendo representative told IGN at the time “…just as Nintendo respects the intellectual property rights of others, we must also protect our own characters, trademarks and other content. The unapproved use of Nintendo’s intellectual property can weaken our ability to protect and preserve it, or to possibly use it for new projects.”
While the above reasons are perfectly valid on their own, now we know why the fan-remake really got shut down. Either way, can’t wait to play this on my 3DS.
Also coming are snazzy new amiibos for the game. The new Metroid amigo is oddly cute, and it has a squishy texture. The other new amiibo is Samus Aran in her iconic pose from the classic Metroid II box art.
Both amiibos will feature functionality in Metroid: Samus Returns, which are to be announced at a later time.
Additionally, both the Zero Suit Samus and classic Samus amiibos from the Super Smash Bros. line will have some special functionality within Metroid: Samus Returns.