In anticipation of next month’s release of Metroid Dread, Nintendo has released a new trailer giving further information on the new game’s scenario, what types of enemies and environments to expect, and what abilities interstellar bounty hunter Samus Aran will have on her latest mission.
Per Nintendo’s press release:
“For people that have never played a Metroid game before, this trailer provides a nice overview of the game—and the series in general—while also offering some exhilarating footage of the game in action.
Deep in the belly of the beastly planet ZDR, which serves as the location centerpiece of Metroid Dread, Samus will explore massive labyrinths in distinct areas, from caves to magma chambers, ancient forests and underwater depths.
At Samus’ disposal is her powerful Arm Cannon, Missiles, her jumping prowess, a new slide move and a brutal Melee Counter, which deflects enemy attacks. Like most games in the Metroid series, as Samus explores she will gain additional abilities.
Some of those abilities include the Spider Magnet, which lets Samus cling to certain walls and ceilings; the Morph Ball, a staple of the Metroid series, allowing Samus to morph into a ball and enter narrow passages; Flash Shift, a brand-new ability that instantly moves Samus forward and backward a short distance; and Storm Missile, a new weapon that locks onto multiple targets.
With each ability that Samus uncovers, her exploratory options expand. Eventually, the whole planet ZDR will open up and be hers to explore at will.
But the game is called Metroid Dread for a reason, and one of the “dread” that will track down and attempt to capture Samus throughout the game are dangerous robots called E.M.M.I. These research robots have bodies covered with tough armor that regular attacks cannot penetrate. This is when those abilities and upgrades that Samus obtains throughout the game will come in handy.
What secret truths hide within planet ZDR? Beyond the mission, beyond the dread, what true terror lies in wait?”
Being one half of the game franchises that inspired the term ‘metroidvania,’ the Metroid series was a pioneering example of exploration in video games, with vast maps packed with secrets that require backtracking and creative maneuvering to solve. While the Metroid series ably adapted into the first-person Metroid Prime series, it hasn’t done much of the old 2d side-scrolling since 2017’s Metroid: Samus Returns, a remake of 1992’s Metroid: Return of Samus for the Game Boy. Samus Aran has had plenty of outings in very Super Smash Bros. title to keep her busy, but Dread will be her first completely new 2D adventure since 2002’s Metroid Fusion.
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