Metroid: Samus Returns

Released on September 15, 2017 by Nintendo

Developed by MercurySteam

A classic Metroid adventure returns, rebuilt from the ground up!

Brave the hostile terrain of an alien planet teeming with vicious life forms as legendary bounty hunter Samus Aran. Her mission? Terminate the Metroid menace in this masterful reimagining of her 1991 Game Boy adventure. Samus Aran’s arsenal has been enhanced with new moves and abilities that are sure to help her face the deadly surprises that await. This intense, side-scrolling action platformer is a great entry point into the Metroid franchise and perfect for returning fans as well, and it’s available only on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

When I saw that Nintendo was releasing a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus I was very excited. I played a ton of the original Gameboy game and have very found memories of it. I'd argue the original Gameboy title is a good game but doesn't entirely hold up now but there is a lot there that's really fun and a remake seemed like a no-brainer.

I'd describe Samus Returns as the best parts of Super Metroid mixed with a fighting game.... sort of. The reason why the game feels like a fighting game is because Samus Returns includes a melee attack that is essential to progressing through the game. A lot of the time enemies will charge at you and the best way to kill them is... Read All


Clocking in at a little under 5 hours, the Nintendo World Championship stream is a marathon session that the hardcore Nintendo lovers should watch. Featuring matches of Metroid: Samus Returns, Balloon Fight, Mario Kart 7, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Splatoon this Championship is a good mix of current Nintendo titles. It's a fun stream and the announcers do a good job of keeping things interesting.


This years Nintendo World Championship 16 qualifiers have been chosen and are heading to NYC to battle for determining who is the best Nintendo player in the land on October 7th! One interesting bit of news that came today was the Nintendo is selected Samus Returns on 3DS to be one of the games played at this years World Championship. To get the players ready for the challenge Nintendo is sending them a new 2DS and the game which is a nice way to get everyone up to speed on the game.

I'm adding a Championship event to the Cheerful Ghost calendar so if you are interested in watching this live with me and head over to the events page click join and then click to add the... Read All


A new video is out that shows the new abilities Samus can find in Metroid: Samus Returns. The new Aeon abilities such as scan pulse, lightning armor, beam burst and and phase drift are new to Samus Returns and are powered by a new Aeon energy meter. The trailer seems to imply that the new abilities are optionally available to find which might allow the game a more open ended path to navigate through. The original Gameboy version of Samus Returns is pretty linear and also very hard to navigate as there was no(that I remember) in game map system requiring you to resort to making your own OR finding one online. Samus Returns includes a modern in game Metroid map AND it... Read All


Nintendo announced a new 3DS Metroid game remake of the classic Gameboy game called Metroid: Samus Returns today at E3. Samus Returns aims to bring the 3DS remake treatment to Metroid II: The Return of Samus and I'm really happy to see Nintendo do this. I picked up the original Metroid II on Gameboy last year and had a lot of fun replaying it. That said, Metroid II suffers from the same problems I had with the original NES game in that if you don't bomb every wall and the like it's really hard to figure out how to progress. I didn't have that same problem with Super Metroid, which was the first Metroid game I actually ever completed. One of my hopes for this remake is... Read All


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