At long last, Samus is back.
Nintendo surprised their fans today during the Nintendo Spotlight E3 presentation as they revealed that Metroid Prime won’t be a trilogy for much longer. The acclaimed first-person adventure series is set to receive a fourth entry, simply titled Metroid Prime 4, which is currently in development for the Nintendo Switch.
It’s the first in seven years we’re seeing our beloved bounty hunter, Samus, in a new title, and it’s the first time in ten years that we’re receiving a new [true] Prime entry. Many fans worried that the series was going to fade to black, especially after the dismal response to the 3DS multiplayer spinoff, Metroid Prime: Federation Force.
All that was shown was a brief clip with the title and the iconic Metroid theme playing in the background, but it was enough to rile the masses who have been craving a new Metroid game for years.
And that wasn’t all the Metroid we got today. Shortly after the Nintendo Spotlight concluded, Nintendo shocked us again during their Treehouse livestream by revealing that the 3DS is soon to host a Metroid revival–A re-imagining of Metroid II (1991). This remake will still be a sidescroller, but features brand new 3D graphics and a number of new abilities for Samus, including being able to aim and fire in any direction, as well as melee attacks.
The remake, appropriately titled Metroid: Samus Returns, will launch on the 3DS family of systems on September 15th. Check out the debut trailer below.
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Jeff Pawlak is the Nintendo Expert on the Geekiverse; he’s been exploring dungeons as Link, leaping across obstacles as Mario, and blasting aliens as Samus for the past 23 years. You can find him on Twitter@JeffreyPavs, where he’s never short on words for what’s going in the world of Nintendo.