The long wait is finally at an end as Nintendo announced not one, but two new Metroid games during its E3 2017 presentation. While Metroid Prime 4 was only shown as a logo in a very short teaser trailer, Metroid: Samus Returns was given a lengthy demo – including a question and answer segment with Jose Navas from Mercury Steam and longtime Metroid developer Yoshio Sakamoto. At the end of the segment, two new amiibo figures were also revealed, with both being completely compatible with the upcoming side-scrolling 3DS game.
The first Metroid: Samus Returns figure shows titular character, Samus Aran in her classic Metroid II: Return of Samus pose. The second features a metroid that has broken out of its containment cylinder, perhaps a reference to the baby metroid Samus finds and kicks off the events in Super Metroid. Another interesting aspect to the Metroid figure is that the top part of the creature has been made squishy and soft, likely what an actual metroid would feel like if creatures like that actually existed.
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While not only made to look cool on a shelf, Amiibo figures also carry with them the ability to be used with certain games on the Wii U and Switch. The same is true for these two figures, as each offers gameplay enhancements when used with Metroid: Samus Returns. Unfortunately, Nintendo wasn’t willing to divulge what the figures actually unlock in-game, but with the title launching in just a few months, fans likely won’t need to wait long.
Nintendo turned some heads late last year when the company shut down fan projects centered around Metroid II: Return of Samus. Now knowing that Metroid: Samus Returns is a re-imagining of that classic Game Boy title, the move makes a bit more sense. Nintendo likely wanted to avoid any confusion between the fan project and it’s then yet-to-be-revealed 3DS installment.
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Metroid: Samus Returns launches on September 15, 2017 for the Nintendo 3DS.