Metroid Dread's latest trailer showcases new & returning bosses

If you're looking to avoid Metroid Dread spoilers, you might want to avoid the latest trailer, which reveals the return of a classic Metroid boss.

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Nintendo is going all in on pushing Metroid Dread ahead of its October release. The game is the first new Metroid adventure in over a decade. It’s also shaping up to be quite the dive into a lot of history of the franchise, tying up loose ends as well as exploring this new adventure. The latest trailer has come out and this time it focuses on both the abilities Samus will gain, as well as some new and returning enemies.

SPOILER ALERT!: As mentioned in the subline above, this trailer reveals quite a surprise that you might rather discover in game. Take caution when reading any further if you’d like to remain unspoiled.

The latest trailer for Metroid Dread was revealed on the Nintendo of America Twitter and YouTube channel on August 27, 2021. The were was quite a showcase of Samus’ abilities in this particular trailer, but the biggest focus in this one was on various bosses. We saw the reveal of a new Chozo-like being that looks very evil and last boss-like. It easily overpowers Samus. However, the really surprising reveal was the return of the giant reptilian beast, Kraid.

Kraid has been killed a few times in the Metroid series, most notably in Super Metroid, so it’s a wonder at why we’re seeing him here in Dread. It could just as well be another returning threat mimicking him as it did with various bosses in Metroid Fusion. One might have expected to see Ridley too, but Samus’ dragon-like nemesis was nowhere to be found in the new trailer. The Chozo being is another reminder that Metroid Dread will be digging deep into Samus’ history and the history of one of the most mysterious races in the franchise.

We seem to be getting deep into spoiler territory with each new Metroid Dread trailer, so expect warnings where applicable. Nonetheless, stay tuned as we see more updates and details leading up to the game’s October launch on Nintendo Switch.

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    August 27, 2021 6:24 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Metroid Dread's latest trailer showcases new & returning bosses

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      August 27, 2021 5:26 AM

      Metroid Dread second trailer

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_XnbTayTH4

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        August 27, 2021 5:43 AM

        Cant wait!

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        August 27, 2021 6:08 AM

        Looks good, where’s Dark Samus?

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          August 27, 2021 6:11 AM

          I think it looks pretty mediocre compared to the lot of indie metroidvania we got lately. It might be good but not really excited for it.

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            August 27, 2021 7:10 AM

            I'll say I'm not a huge fan of the way the studio animates Samus as she ends up looking pretty jerky but she's quick and it looks fun. I don't think it'll compare to Hollow Knight but I'm sure it'll stand up to most other "recent" metroidvanias.

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          August 27, 2021 7:12 AM

          This is post the MP timeline, Dark Samus is long dead. We're seeing some very interesting story stuff from the trailer though that more likely has to do with Metroid Fusion's baddies.

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          August 27, 2021 7:15 AM

          I think that Chozo hunter is going to be the version of Dark Samus/Samus X in this game. Dread takes place after Fusion in the timeline, so Dark Samus and the Phazon is gone. Although Samus X might show up because the reason Samus goes to the planet is because the Federation detected the X Parasite on the planet which is why they sent those robot things, and when those failed to report back they sent Samus.

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          August 27, 2021 9:41 AM

          Gone as of Metroid Prime 3, which happens before this.

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        August 27, 2021 6:19 AM

        Wow looks great. Is there any multiplayer or is it just going to be SP solo campaign?

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          August 27, 2021 7:09 AM

          There has been 0 mention of multiplayer and given how poorly it was received in MP2 I don't think Nintendo aims to do that again.

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            August 27, 2021 7:18 AM

            How would mp work in a 2D metroidvania anyways?

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        August 27, 2021 6:27 AM

        Lookin good. I hope this game isn't super hard or at least has easy mode so my kids can play it.

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          August 27, 2021 7:40 AM

          Metroid 1 didn't have an easy mode but my memories are still positive. Of course I didn't actually beat the game until I was older.

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        August 27, 2021 8:09 AM

        I love Metroid but something about this game just feels a bit off to me... I can't really articulate it. The music, art, and graphics all feel a bit like an imitation of the original work. Maybe once I get my hands on it I will feel differently about it.

        I hope it is a good game in the end!

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          August 27, 2021 8:30 AM

          Mercury Stream

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            August 27, 2021 9:20 AM

            I had to Google to find out that is the dev team responsible for this game. I knew it was not Retro but not familiar with these guys.

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          August 27, 2021 9:53 AM

          The new beam cannon is too pointy.

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          August 27, 2021 10:26 AM

          I get what you mean. Cant put my finger on it either. Will still be getting this for sure.

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          August 27, 2021 11:56 AM

          I have the same feeling as well. I'm not always good at judging games ahead of release, but these trailers haven't done a good job of selling me on it.

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          August 27, 2021 1:24 PM

          It looks way more combat action oriented with the dodging and multi attacks compared to older games.

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          August 27, 2021 3:57 PM

          Probably because all the environments are metal. Where are the earthy/organic environments?

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          August 27, 2021 11:18 PM

          I feel the same way. I’ll give it a try though.

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        August 27, 2021 9:28 AM

        Have the Metroid series always been considered horror games and I never realized it?

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          August 27, 2021 9:43 AM

          Watch the intro to Metroid 3, with it's bloody corpses on the floor and the metroid chirping to itself in the dark. Yes, basically.

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          August 27, 2021 1:41 PM

          Not really. This is much grittier and more horror oriented than the other games. Even Fusion didn't lean into that vibe this much

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            August 27, 2021 2:44 PM

            This is kind of like a basic suspense thriller, but Super Metroid hit some vibes that were mysterious and sometimes vaguely unsettling. Which is kind of the perfect for a video game: to paint a picture with just sounds and pixel art, no exposition necessary to tell the player what the world is about.;

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              August 27, 2021 2:50 PM

              Super Metroid and the first Metroid Prime did the best job at this. The other ones diverged from that in one way or another, and Dread seems to be leaning much farther more towards horror than before.

              Like, one of the biggest gameplay changes they've shown so far are hide and seek areas that feel closer to survival horror than anything else in the series.

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                August 27, 2021 2:51 PM

                OTOH, outside of those zones it looks like the most action oriented with all of the mobility and melee options they're giving Samus.

                Either way its a pretty big difference from the lonely exploration vibes of Super Metroid and OG Metroid Prime

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        August 27, 2021 10:58 AM

        I love Metroidvania-type games but watching this trailer I realized I don't give a shit about the Metroid storyline at all

        I will buy this day one

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        August 27, 2021 11:05 AM

        they are still Hitler Stalin 9000 for metroid prime 4 but I will play the shit out of this, hope the Switch powers on after a year

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          August 27, 2021 11:10 AM

          also are there still no third party controllers that can actually power on the Switch?

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            August 27, 2021 11:17 AM

            The pro is still pretty good.

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              August 27, 2021 12:41 PM

              yeah, I can never pull the trigger on it because I just don't play the switch enough

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            August 27, 2021 12:00 PM

            That is correct. It's the one flaw controllers like 8bitdo's Pro2 still have.

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        August 27, 2021 11:09 AM

        I wish it was proper 2d rather than 3d graphics

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        August 27, 2021 12:21 PM

        looks like anime, doesn't have any feeling of the grit and horror of the originals

        we'll see

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          August 27, 2021 12:22 PM

          i wish nintendo would make games for adults basically

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          August 27, 2021 2:52 PM

          It's definitely way too flashy, like it's Devil May Cry or something. Not nearly as subtle as previous games.

          Seems like it will take away player agency too much as well.

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          August 27, 2021 4:04 PM

          they should hire the Axiom Verge guy to make the art. his stuff is so cool looking. but nintender is way more polished with their gameplay (since they aren't just one man I'm guessing)

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      August 27, 2021 9:26 AM

      Nope. You can't make me watch. NO SPOILERS. I so want to play this game as blindly as possible.

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        August 27, 2021 10:17 AM

        Haha, yeah. That's why I tried to make this whole article as "BEWARE" and "READ NO FURTHER" as possible.

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      August 27, 2021 12:17 PM

      I am super curious what the setup is here, but that video clearly shows the EMMI aren't the only thing that'll be hunting Samus.

      Also: multiple air dashes! That mobility is gonna feel awesome.

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        August 27, 2021 1:37 PM

        Yeah, they've clearly been holding a lot back. Love the mobility they're showing off too

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      August 27, 2021 4:14 PM

      feels like some of that is a commercial for a fighting game

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