Samus returns in Metroid on 3DS

Matt Sayer 14 June 2017 NEWS

The first 2D Metroid game in over 10 years.

In news that's sure to excite a whole heap of Nintendo fans, Nintendo's Treehouse E3 event unveiled a new Metroid game coming to 3DS later this year. Metroid: Samus Returns is a true-blue 2D Metroid title, reimagining the original Gameboy game Metroid 2: Return of Samus.

Exploration is the focus here, with the usual array of abilities on show: the charge beam, rockets, and the morph ball all make their appearance. New to the game is a switch from the 45-degree aiming of previous Metroid titles, with Samus able to aim in a full 360 degrees. An audio cue triggers when Samus is aiming at enemies, which looks to be quite handy.

Another new ability in Samus' arsenal is a melee counter. When enemies launch themselves at Samus, she can swing her arm and knock them back if the player times it correctly.

Metroid: Samus Returns will be coming to 3DS on September 15 this year.

We'll be covering E3 all week. You can follow along with us by checking out our guide on how to watch all the E3 2017 live streams, or catch up on all the news and announcements from the show at our E3 2017 hub.

Metroid: Samus Returns is one of over 150 titles to be shown off at E3 this week. If last year's trends continue, there's a 70% chance it'll see release before E3 2018.

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