Nintendo is hitting Metroid fans with a double dose of good news today, as the company has announced an all-new Metroid-themed Nintendo 3DS XL to coincide with the launch of Metroid: Samus Returns. The exclusive, limited-edition system comes in Samus’ red and yellow colors, features an image of the intergalactic bounty hunter on the front, and is stamped with the Screwattack logo on the back just above the “New Nintendo 3DS XL” label.
Those looking to pick up the special-edition system for themselves should note that the New Nintendo 3DS XL doesn’t come with a copy of Metroid: Samus Returns, and is priced at $200 USD. Though purchasing the upcoming title will be a separate task entirely, both Samus Returns and the system launch on the same day: Friday, September 15, 2017.
A refreshed reimagining of Metroid 2, the forthcoming Samus Returns touts a pretty hefty collection of upgrades. With updated visuals and new 3D graphics support that can be switched off if needed, Samus Returns seems like a perfect Metroid title for the Nintendo 3DS XL.
But boosted graphics and nifty suit abilities aren’t the only new aspects hitting Samus Returns. Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that, in supplement to the significant gameplay additions, new Aeion Abilities will be included. Though they’re limited in nature, relying on an energy bar known as the Aeoin Gauge, the Aeion Abilities give Samus a laundry list of new capabilities not seen in her suit skills, allowing players the chance to angle their gameplay in various different ways throughout Samus Returns.
Additionally, the new version of the game features a spruced-up melee counter system in which Samus can block enemies’ attacks, an important component when players gear up for big boss battles. Samus Returns also allows Samus 360 degrees of motion when aiming, and its Scan Pulse shows players where to go next on the map.
With just over a month left until Metroid: Samus Returns is released, it seems Nintendo is doubling down to unveil new features and make exciting announcements with increasing frequency. This month alone, the company confirmed that Metroid: Samus Returns is getting amiibo and revealed that the new figures would unlock a hard mode DLC within the game. Though it’s difficult to predict what Nintendo will announce next, it’s likely safe to assume something else is coming soon.
Metroid: Samus Returns releases for the Nintendo 3DS on September 15, 2017. The Samus Returns-edition New Nintendo 3DS XL launches the same day.