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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Normal Unlockables

Bonus Chozo Memory: Get 100% item completion and view all ten Chozo Memories. The tenth one will go red and a new one will be revealed.

Hard Mode: Beat the game on normal difficulty to unlock Hard Mode.


Amiibo Unlockables

Nintendo has of course given this game Amiibo compatibility. The unlocks were a bit controversial before the game’s release, as using the Metroid Amiibo is the only way you can access Fusion Mode – the game’s highest difficulty setting.

Amiibo

What it does

 

In Game: Missile Reserve Tank wil be added to your inventory. Gives you 50 Missiles and 10 Super Missiles after you deplete all of your missiles.

Main Menu: This will unlock Concept Art Gallery 1.

 

In Game: Energy Reserve Tank wil be added to your inventory. Gives you 299 energy after you deplete all of your health.

Main Menu: This will unlock Sound Test.

 

In Game: Aeion Reserve Tank wil be added to your inventory. Gives you 500 Aeion energy after you deplete all of your Aeion energy.

Main Menu: This will unlock Concept Art Gallery 2.

 

In Game: Gives you a Metroid marker, showing you the nearest Metroid location.

Main Menu: Unlocks Fusion Mode, which is the most difficult game mode and features Samus wearing the Fusion Suit.


Endings

As with all original series Metroid games, Samus Returns offers a different final ending pose for Samus if you beat the game in a certain amount of time. Here are the requirements:

Ending

Time to Beat

Fair Ending (Suited Samus) >8 hours
Good Ending (No Helmet) Between 4-8 hours
Best Ending (Suitless Samus) <4 hours

Metroid Samus Returns has three difficulty modes – Normal, Hard, and Fusion. Each mode offers different looking endings, for a total of nine different endings in the game. Good luck on unlocking them all!


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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