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E3 2017: Metroid: Samus Returns Reimagines Metroid 2 for 3DS

During its Treehouse Live stream, Nintendo offhandedly dropped a trailer for Metroid: Samus Returns, a reimagining of Metroid 2, a Game Boy title, for the 3DS family of handhelds. Metroid: Samus Returns appears to be played predominantly in 2D, switching to 3D for cinematic-style moves.

The game is being developed by MercurySteam, developer of Castlevania: Lord of Shadows. Metroid: Return of Samus will arrive on 3DS on September 15.

Nintendo is answering the years-long call for new, canonical Metroid games in a big way. Earlier today on its Direct presentation for E3, the company showed a logo for Metroid Prime 4. The game is in development for Switch, though it’s too early for a concrete release date. A 2018 release seems likely, given that Nintendo has stacked the 2017 release calendar with Super Mario Odyssey this fall, Zelda: Breath of the Wild earlier this spring, and myriad other games throughout the year.

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