Metroid: Samus Returns was announced during Nintendo Treehouse Live. A remake of 1991’s Metroid II: Return of Samus, Metroid: Samus Returns releases for 3DS on September 15 this year.
Nintendo Treehouse Live showcased a small amount of the game’s exploration-based gameplay. In this title, Samus has been sent to SR388, home of the titular Metroids, to make them extinct. Samus does not fight against the jellyfish-like larval Metroids seen in other Metroid games; on their home planet, Metroids undergo metamorphosis as they mature. Nintendo Treehouse Live showed battles against Alpha, Gamma, and Zeta Metroids.
The last main series Metroid game was 2010’s Metroid: Other M, which was met with mixed reception. Last year’s spin-off, Metroid Prime: Federation Force, had very poor timing after a six-year main series drought and didn’t sell well. 2016 also saw the forced take-down of a fan-made remake of Metroid II, much to the ire of Metroid fans. The last well-received Metroid game was 2007’s Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and fans were upset that Nintendo barely even acknowledged the 30th anniversary of the original Metroid. But today, Metroid fans are ecstatic to see that two separate Metroid games have been announced on the same day (the first being Metroid Prime 4).