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Brave the hostile terrain of an alien planet teeming with vicious life forms as legendary bounty hunter Samus Aran. Her mission? Terminate the Metroid menace in this masterful reimagining of her 1991 Game Boy adventure. Samus Aran's arsenal has been enhanced with new moves and abilities that are sure to help her face the deadly surprises that await. This intense, action-packed, side-scrolling shooter is a great entry point into the Metroid franchise and perfect for returning fans as well, and it's available only on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Samus has returned, and the wait was worth it.
Newcomers and Metroid fanboys can rejoice together – We got the Metroid game we both need and deserve, after a 10 year break from classic side-scrolling action. I’m only 4 or 5 hours in, and I’m about 20% finished, to give an idea of its scale. I have loved all the other mainline Metroid games, so I tend to explore every nook and cranny for secret upgrades and shortcuts.
I have found that Samus Returns is a very easy game to sink several hours into into a single …
I am actually kind of a noob to the Metroid series, Metroid (like Final Fantasy) is one of those games where I really dig the concept of the property and actually own several of the games, but I have never completed a game or gotten substantially far into. As a “beginner” to the series, I have found that Samus Returns is a very easy game to sink several hours into into a single play session due to it being highly addictive, and the game is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. This is definitely a master class in the platforming genre, it just feels right when you’re playing this game, as if other platformers should aspire to be this level of greatness. There is great variety in approaching a level, and the level design rewards those that take their time and explore every nook and cranny. I had an experience where I defeated a boss and was locked in the boss-room with no way out, it had to be that there was a glitch in the game and that I needed to restart it, however, I just needed to lay explosives around the entire stage in order to find the one block that would reveal the exit. My only complaint would be that there are certain hand configurations that you have to use that eventually cause my hand to cramp; this is the only game in my vast 3DS collection where this happens, but this does not mar what I would consider to be a nearly perfect game. Also, this would have been way better if it were on the Switch!
A Breathtaking Return to Form
Metroid II: The Return of Samus is mostly fondly remembered for it’s fantastic ending that leads right into Super Metroid. There was more to the game at first. Being a Gameboy game it was actually quite an impressive feat and managed to evoke some real classic Metroid tropes such as a great atmosphere and a sense of being lost. Unfortunately, the original Gameboy game hasn’t aged well and it’s also rather difficult to find. This is where the remake Samus Returns comes into play. It’s a remake and an updated one. It takes the best of the classic 2D Metroid games and combines it with some of the finest qualities of Metroid Prime. The end result is perhaps the best Metroid game we’ve seen in a decade.
When I first got a Gameboy, I had quite a few games, but I had three or four that were my Go To games: Metrod II, Mario:Six Gold Coins, Tetris, and Shanghai. It was easy to spend hours immersed in any of them. For about the last ten to fifteen years, fans have been begging for an updated version of Metroid II, similar to Metroid: Zero Mission. That hasn’t happened until now with a beautiful 3-DS game.
Great game, a bit repetitive
I’m a HUGE Metroid freak. I’ve played every Metroid except for Other M and the original “Return of Samus”.
Samus is back!
This version of Metroid 2 Return of Samus really feels like what a remake should be. Add enough good new things without changing the main campaign and it delivers on all fronts. I’m a huge fan of Super Metroid which was the first game I ever played in the series and from then I was hooked. I eventually played all the 2D Metroid games including the original and Metroid 2, but I’ve also played the 3D titles like Metroid Prime and Metroid Other M. I wouldn’t say I was a huge fan of Metroid 2, but this version has brought the game back to life in ways I cannot begin to describe. If anyone reading this review loves traditional Metroid, Metroid 2, Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion, or Metroid Zero Mission; This is definitely your Metroid game. My only complaint is this game would be even better on the Nintendo Switch…, but I think I can understand the logic behind why it came out for the 3DS instead and I believe it has to do with originally being on Gameboy and now on 3DS which is the evolution of the Gameboy as the Switch is to the NES. If you own a 3DS and want to experience a true Metroid game I highly recommend Metroid Samus Returns!
A Wonderful Traditional Metroid Game
Fantastic! I never got to play the original two games but Super Metroid is my past, present, and future. I never got into the Prime style of games as much because I prefer the 2D sidescrolling type. Game has a very nice, updated look to it and I love the music. The new counter move seems a little gimmicky and overpowered at first, but later in the game is used less which I think is a fine balance. I don’t usually enjoy boss fights but always seem to like the Nintendo ones; this game is no exception! These fights are a lot of trial and error as you learn boss patterns but dying in this game isn’t terrible at all as it sets you back only to the previous screen or so and load times are fast; no simmering in your failure!
Alongside Super Metroid and Metroid Prime, One of the Three Best Metroids
While not as fully innovative as Super Metroid or Metroid Prime, this is a virtually perfect 2D Metroid game that manages to pack in quite a challenge without every feeling frustrating or unfair.
I wish they remade more classic Game Boy games, but if I had to choose one, I’m glad it was this one. Since the original Metroid II is one of my all time favorites, I only wish it had been remade sooner! Not only are my favorite elements here, there are new features and abilities I could never have dreamed of. Nintendo could have lazily rehashed elements of Metroid: Zero Mission, but instead gave us a 3D side scroller that feels modern and also ties in with the Metroid Prime series, and still feels like a 2D game. The analog control is great, especially using the ability to freely fire in any direction. Overall I find it challenging but fair, and this is a killer addition to the 3DS library, possibly the swan song of the system? Let’s hope not, but if the system ended on this note, I would be ok with it.
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