Much like Zero Mission was for the original Metroid, Metroid Samus Returns is a reimagining of Metroid II: Return of Samus for the Game Boy. Samus is called upon by the Galactic Federation to go to planet SR388, in hopes to rid the universe of the most threatening creature in the galaxy once and for all: the Metroids. In collaboration with Nintendo, this game was developed by Spanish company MercurySteam, who also made Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, another 2.5D Metroidvania title for the 3DS.

Release Date

Metroid: Samus Returns – Developer Diary (Nintendo 3DS) (English subs)


Yoshio Sakamoto Introduces Metroid Samus Returns [E3 2017] (Same video as above; Japanese-only)


Launch Trailer


Overview Trailer (English)


Overview Trailer (Japanese)


TV Commercial (North America – 30 seconds)


Accolades Trailer


Weapons Trailer


Weapons Trailer (Japanese Narrator)


Japanese Web Commercial


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Spider Ball Power Bomb Blast


Shortly after you get the Power Bombs, the room that you get them in will have a horizontal shaft of spikes, in which only a Morph Ball-sized object can get across. So how can Samus fly through that small tunnel without touching the spikes? The answer lies in this hidden technique.

  1. Morph and use Spider Ball to line yourself up on the wall opposite of the spiked shaft so that you will be between the spikes on the floor and ceiling.
  2. While still holding L for Spider Ball, hold R and push Y to drop a Power Bomb. When the explosion occurs, you will be shot across in the opposite direction of the surface you are clinging to.
  3. You can use this on any surface in the game that allows Spider Ball! Be instantly shot in the opposite direction just by laying a Power Bomb while in Spider Ball.

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