Metroid: Samus Returns - Nintendo 3DS

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Animated blood, Fantasy violence, Mild suggestive themes
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    • Metroid: Samus Returns

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (530 out of 533)

    Product Details


    • Developer: MercurySteam Entertainment
    • Publisher: Nintendo
    • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
    • Genre: Action and Adventure|Platformer
    • Release Date: 09/15/2017

    Synopsis


    Lose yourself in a classic with Metroid: Samus Returns. This engaging adventure reimagines the virtual world seen in Nintendo’s 1991 Metroid for Game Boy and follows the adventures of bounty hunter Samus Aran. Defeat a menacing Metroid threat and access an array of brand new content when you play Metroid: Samus Returns on your Nintendo 3DS.

    Features


    This intense, side-scrolling action platformer has been completely remade with engaging and immersive 3D visuals and a rich, atmospheric color palette

    The classic Metroid II: Return of Samus gameplay is joined by a wealth of new content, including a set of brand-new abilities, using a mysterious energy resource called Aeion, a powerful melee counterattack and 360° Free Aim mode

    There are plenty of secrets to find, and if you uncover enough of them, you may even start to unravel the mystery of the planet SR388's past

    For one player



    Customer rating

    4.8
    100%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent remake of a lesser-known title.

      Posted
      Warrick
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      I am a long-time fan of Nintendo Games, and of Metroid in particular. Metroid has always been a series I've regarded with a great fondness. Super Metroid was one of the first games I was truly enamored with, even before Mario and Zelda. This title is a remake of the second entry in the series, Metroid II: Return of Samus, which appeared on the original Gameboy. I have only played a little of the original myself, and therefore cannot go in-depth into the updates in the Remake, aside from improvements that have become standard since the time of the original release. The gameplay shares the style of side-scrolling Metroid titles like Super Metroid and Fusion. Abilities such as the Spider-ball make their re-debut, and abilities like Wall-jump and Edge grab are present as well. Four new abilities, called Aeion abilites, reveal a portion of the map, offer damage protection, rapid-fire, and slow-down time. They are powered by an Aeion meter, and are unlocked a certain points in the game. The premise of the story, which I'll get to, is that Samus is hunting-down and exterminating the Metroid population. As such there is a certain amount of repetition. The development team did a good job of making the level design varied, and the gradual progression into more challenging Metroids satisfying. Still, most Metroid fights aren't all that unique. Also many of the standard enemies in later levels are upgraded versions of those present in earlier levels. Even so, I personally found there to be enough variety to avoid making the game a slog to the end. Difficulty-wise, this game isn't punishing, but it isn't easy either. Newer players will likely struggle, even with helpful abilities enabled. When the next level of Metroid is introduced, fighting it can be a pretty decent challenge. By the time you're pretty used to that kind of Metroid, a more powerful one is introduced. The Omega Metroid was epic to fight, and a joy to defeat. There are also a few boss fights that are pleasing, if occasionally frustrating, challenges. I also greatly enjoyed the final boss, and found it to be quite difficult. A gaming savant might find it easy or moderately challenging. An unskilled gamer would likely find it impossible. Overall, I found the challenge to be slightly more than what I would find in most other games. Story-wise, there isn't much there explicitly. Lore exists outside the game, such as the origin of Metroids, or the Chozo, but it isn't delved into. Veterans of the series will definitely notice nods to other titles, and easily see where this game falls between the original Metroid, and Super Metroid. Newcomers may be lost entirely to the narrative, or the significance of certain events or enemies. What this game accomplishes is a sense of solitude. A lone huntress charging in headfirst into a danger-filled world. The story, in that sense, is more experienced than told. Much can be, and has been, extrapolated from the series as a whole, for those who are interested. For average gamers, I encourage you to simply play the game, and enjoy it for what it is upfront. Overall, I think this game appeals more to experienced gamers than newcomers. While the difficulty curve isn't extreme for newcomers, this wouldn't be the first game I'd give them to play. As a game, it is mechanically solid, and is a blast to play. It is more centered around an experience than a narrative, which may be a turn-off for some. However, I think most gamers will enjoy it, and especially fans of the Metroid series.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Samus Strikes Again

      Posted
      Ribnax
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      Super Metroid is one of my favorite games of all time, and I'm ALWAYS in the mood for more of Samus' adventures, even if some of the games in the franchise left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Exploration, discovery, tense encounters, and atmospheric environments are the bread and butter of Metroid, and although I have high standards when it comes to these things, Metroid: Samus Returns gave me another quality entry in the series. Metroid: Samus Returns is a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus, and Nintendo really overhauled the entire game. Enemies are updated, new abilities are added, and the game is far more expansive. If you are looking for a full-bodied Metroid game, this is it. Metroid: Samus Returns has over 10 hours of content, even for players who want to mainline the essential encounters, which makes it over three times longer than Super Metroid. Bigger isn't always better, but in this case, cleverly designed puzzles, tons of new abilities, and strange boss encounters create a truly fantastic experience. The new melee ability, in particular, is one worth mentioning, as it makes it easier for Samus to rebuff charging attackers, taking advantage of a momentary stun to do boosted damage. The game requires players to use the ability too often, and it can get tedious when melee countering provides the only opportunity for damaging dangerous enemies. Overall, Metroid: Samus Returns is a fantastic game, and one of the best Metroid games, and one I'd highly recommend for any fans of Metroid, Castlevania, or other platforming adventure games. Now if it would only come to Switch...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great, but not quite perfect.

      Posted
      Nico
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      Metroid 2: Return of Samus is a frustrating timesink that can feel hardly worth the effort you put in. Now Metroid: Samus Returns is a fantastic game that sets the standard for "remastered" games. The first breath of fresh air Samus Returns introduces is the counter-attack mechanic, which lets you manage fights and your speed. Then the first Aeion ability you're given is Scan Pulse, which reveals most secrets within a certain distance, removing the need for guessing which blocks are destructable. Just as with the original, how you go about exploring is mostly up to you. The map helps tremendously with this, as well as the hints from the Chozo seals. You'll *almost* never feel lost. Only once did I really feel lost, and it was during a specific boss fight (which I feel could've been designed better). Now, the downsides. While the counter-attack mechanic is nice, it also gets fairly stale, fast. Although, this is mostly due to the lack of variety in enemies and having to backtrack through them. The controls a great, but they're locked in. That means no adjusting your key configs for the physical buttons or the touchscreen controls. The touchscreen buttons would've been great to rearrange because some of them are in such awkward positions. Whether you have big, small, or the perfect hands for the 3DS, unless you're fine taking your time to select things, you'll find yourself thinking the same thing. Overall, Samus Returns is a great addition to the Metroid series, with very minor issues. The perfect thing to sit on while you wait for Prime 4.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Update of Old School Classic

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      BillB
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      I have been a fan of the Metroid series since the original game on the NES. And, like many a long suffering Metroid fan, I've seriously missed Nintendo's intergalactic bounty hunter. Finally, after 7 years, we have something to rejoice - Samus has returned. It feels great to be running around in her power armor again. This is a remake of Metroid 2 on the original Gameboy. Since the original game was remade with Zero Mission on the GBA, that left Metroid 2 out in the cold as the game that had aged the least gracefully, and the hardest one to get into due to outdated game design. This game does an excellent job of bring Samus' second outing into the modern era. The control is spot on. Combat is challenging, but fair. And the exploration/backtracking never feels tiresome. In terms of combat, there is an addition to Samus' arsenal, and that is a melee counter move. Using this move is essential to your survival, especially early on in the game. Some people may think that it breaks the flow of the game - I disagree. I feel it makes encounters slightly more strategic instead of just jump/dodge/shoot repeat. Fans of the series in particular and "Metroidvania" genre in general will not be disappointed. And if you like your games to have rewarding exploration with challenging combat, you won't be disappointed either. Go get this game!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Incredible game--among the best in the series

      Posted
      solid207
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      Believe the hype, because Samus truly is back and boy is it a glorious return to form for the bounty hunter extraordinaire. This is easily one of the best in the series history and, in fact, if I had to rank it among the other 2D entries in the series, I'd say it's right up there along side the legendary Super Metroid. Super is possibly my favorite game of all time, so that's saying something. While playing through this game, it was obvious that MercurySteam and the big N put so much love and care into this title. They really captured the feel of a Metroid game, and it shows in all facets of the experience. From the stellar score, to the fresh and exciting gameplay, it all coalesces to form a game that not only meets, but in my opinion, exceeds the standards set by the "Metroidvania" genre it helped create. There's a good reason why many games seek to emulate this franchises' style and gameplay, and this game is proof that the grandfather of them all still has what it takes to reign supreme. There's a certain something about this series, a certain polish if you will, that lends itself well to it being the epitome of it's namesake genre. I urge anyone who has even an ounce of interest in action-adventure platformers to give this a try--you won't be disappointed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Couldn't put down - best Metroid yet

      Posted
      turbo2600
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      Let me start off by saying that I've always been fond of the "Metroid" series. I own the original on my NES, have all of the entries in the Prime series, downloaded Super Metroid on the Virtual Console years back... and they're some of the best games ever made. But there was always something about them- they seemed like "chore" to accomplish. Not so with Samus Returns! The pacing of the game keeps you engaged as you hunt down Metroids. The puzzles elements of the game are challenging, but not in such a way where you want to walk away from the game. I beat the game in 21 hours with 100% completion - I couldn't put it down! Try to beat it in 20 hours or less for the best ending. Visually, the game is graphically impressive, and the 3D depth effect gives everything a nice pop as you explore the caverns in the game. The soundtrack and sound effects are impressive - listen with decent headphones for the full experience. Another solid 3DS title - scoop it up if you can!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Metroid fun.

      Posted
      PeiWeiHerman
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      I love metroid style games and this game is no exception. I never played the original on GameBoy so this was a great chance for me to play it in all of its updated glory. From the very beginning of I could tell that it is one of the best looking games for 3DS. The gameplay is solid and what you'd expect from a Metroid game. As with any Metroidvania game, sometimes you can get lost. There is a feature built into the game to give you a nudge in the right direction by placing an icon in the area you need to go. This helped me a bit when I wasn't sure where to go next and I didn't have to resort to checking online to complete any parts. I'm currently playing through the Fusion mode which is a pretty big step up in difficulty and it's great. I can see myself playing through this at least a few more times before I'm done with it. I can't recommend this title enough.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good excpet for one thing

      Posted
      Pete
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      Finally we get a real Metroid game! Metroid Samus Returns is a remake of Metroid 2 which only appeared on the game boy. The remake is awesome and plays fantastic. The remake expands and makes the game better in alot of ways by adding more to explore and making it less linear than the original game. The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the new melee attack. Enemies will often flash signaling that they are going to rush you and you can counter them with a melee. Usually if successful you will kill the enemy (if its not a boss) with one shot of your beam after a counter. I feel this really changes how the game is played and I didn't like it as much. Some of you might like the melee counter alot, but for me it didn't click. However, it isn't enough to bring the game down since the game is still fun.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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