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Metroid: Samus Returns Gameplay Reveal

Samus Is Locked and Loaded!

One of the most iconic video game characters is making her comeback on the 3DS this September, and from the looks of things she’s come armed to the teeth.

In spite of being a remake of the 1991 game Metroid II: Return of Samus, this latest entry in the extensive franchise should prove to be a breath of fresh air, especially after how we all had to suffer through Metroid: Other M and Metroid: Federation Force. With this reveal, it shows Samus has truly gone back to basics, albeit with a much more extensive arsenal.

In their coverage, Gamespot broke down the kind of firepower Samus will be bringing in her latest adventure.

“In addition to the game’s new melee counter, the biggest additions to Samus Returns are the Aeion abilities, four unique powers fueled by a special energy bar. One of the first Aeion abilities we got to see was the Scan Pulse. This power lets players scan their surroundings, revealing destructible blocks and hidden paths.

The remaining three Aeion abilities were shown off in today’s trailer. The Beam Burst ability greatly enhances the power and firing rate of Samus’s arm cannon. Lightning Armor is more defensive, making Samus temporarily invulnerable to attacks and allowing her to pass through hazards. The final ability, Phase Drift, allows Samus to slow down time around her.

Along with the Morph Ball, players will obtain the usual array of staple Metroid weapons, including the Ice Beam, Space Jump, Spider Ball, and Grapple Beam.”

With all these nifty new gadgets, its clear that players are going to have to stay on their toes when taking on all the re-imagined boss battles later down the line. We can only guess at how fierce the inevitable battle with Ridley is going to be.

Check out the trailer for yourself here!