Nintendo announce ‘Metroid Dread’ the first new 2D Metroid game in 19 years

Samus is back after 19 years

Surprising everyone, Nintendo has announced a brand new 2D Metroid game E3 show.

Nintendo has revealed a brand new 2D Metroid game, titled Metroid Dread. The game looks like a return to the series roots, featuring exploration in a maze-like 2D environment.

A trailer is available below:


Planned for release on 8 October 2021 on Nintendo Switch, Metroid Dread is the first brand new 2D Metroid game in 19 years, since the release of Metroid Fusion.

Since Fusion, Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid: Samus Returns were released, but both were remakes of existing Metroid games (Metroid and Metroid II: Return Of Samus respectively).

Movement upgrades such as sliding, dashing, and melee attacks are shown off, as well as, robotic antagonist E.M.M.I which hunts down Samus.

The bounty hunter shows off one upgrade which lets her stand still and activate a stealth mode to avoid a scan from E.M.M.I.

Other gameplay shows a variety of combat against regular enemies, counter attacks such as those that featured in Metroid: Samus Returns, as well as boss fights, and new traversal options such as wall-climbing.


The game will also release with an Amiibo set which comes with Samus and E.M.M.I figures. An early look at the Amiibos came from Nintendo, and it has given us a good look at Samus’s new blue, white and red suit, which you can see below.

Before the trailer, Nintendo confirmed that they were still hard at work on Metroid Prime 4, but gave no further details. Here’s a look at the special edition of the game, thanks to Wario64.


Earlier in E3, Amanita Design, showed off a trailer for Happy Game, a title that looks quite different from their other work.

Other games announced during E3 include dual character fighter Soulstice, curtain-twitching mystery Conway: Disappearance At Dahlia View, and Ixion – a space station management sim.

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