Ever since the surprise announcement at E3 2017 that Nintendo would be releasing a re-imagining of the classic Game Boy title Metroid 2 with Metroid: Samus Returns – the first new entry in the series in about seven years – fans of the action-adventure franchise have been clamoring for as much information as possible regarding the game. Thankfully, the Big N has decided to continue unveiling more details about the forthcoming release, with the company putting out an overview trailer showing off the new moves and powers players will be able to wield.
As seen below in the latest trailer for Metroid: Samus Returns, in addition to the game’s new melee counter, some of the most major additions to the title are the Aeion abilities – that is, four unique powers fueled by a special energy bar. One of the first Aeion abilities shown off was the Scan Pulse, and it is a power that lets players scan their surroundings to reveal destructible blocks and hidden paths, with the remaining three being Lightning Armor, Beam Burst, and Phase Drift.
When it comes to Metroid: Samus Returns‘ Lightning Armor, the Aeion ability acts as a defensive mechanism in players’ suits, making Samus temporarily invulnerable to attacks, while also allowing her to pass through various hazards. The Beam Burst is pretty self explanatory, as it greatly increases the power and firing rate of one’s arm cannon, and the Phase Drift ability slows down time around Samus to get a faster drop on enemies or to speed through dangerous environmental pitfalls.
Furthermore, Metroid: Samus Returns‘ overview trailer offers a look at some of the power-ups Samus will obtain throughout the game. An array of different staple weapons from the franchise will be available, such as the Morph Ball, the Ice Beam, the Space Jump, the Spider Ball, and the Grapple Beam. As far as the lattermost feature is concerned, it not only lets Samus swing across lengthy gaps, but also she’s shown using it to magnetically pull and destroy blocks.
For those fans anticipating even more features in Metroid: Samus Returns, Nintendo also plans on releasing two new amiibo figures alongside the game’s launch next month, with one being Samus Aran in a kneeling pose and another being a Metroid that has broken out of containment. The Samus amiibo will provides players with an Aeion reserve tank and, after beating the game, unlocks an old-school art gallery, while the Metroid amiibo helps track nearby Metroids and unlocks the game’s “brutally hard” Fusion Mode, which adds even more to the title’s replay value.
Metroid: Samus Returns releases on September 15, 2017 for Nintendo 3DS.
Source: Nintendo – YouTube