Finally, more Metroid games announced

There’s a whole lot of gaming news coming out of E3 2017 including sequels, prequels, technology, VR, and more than one franchise being brought back from the dead, so it’s no surprise if you missed the news that we’re finally getting new Metroid games. Yes, plural. Maybe Nintendo knew they needed two titles to wash away the bad taste of Other M and Federation Force.

During Nintendo’s E3 2017 Spotlight, Metroid Prime 4 was announced for the Switch. No gameplay was shown off, but it’s fair to expect staples of the Prime series to be present, so it’ll likely be an FPS, with an emphasis on exploration and loneliness. Don’t expect to play this soon, the announcement says it’s only “in development”.

Far more tangible and exciting was Metroid: Samus Returns. Finally, Samus returns to a handheld system with a sidescrolling adventure in the spirit of the originals. The game is a complete remake of the second Metroid game, which released in 1991 for the Game Boy.

We have a lot to ogle with this one, because a video featuring 50 minutes of gameplay footage was released after the announcement. The game looks gorgeous, and has modified combat and camera elements to make for a more dynamic experience. Metroid: Samus Returns will launch for the 3DS family of systems on 15 September 2017.

For more E3 2017 coverage, check out what my “esteemed” fellow “journalists” have to say about the highlights from EA, Bethesda, Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft, and the PC Gamer Show.

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