Metroid II is being remade for the 3DS as Metroid: Samus Returns

Nintendo’s focus at this year’s E3 Expo is squarely on the Switch, but the 3DS will still receive a handful of new games this Fall. Leading the way is Metroid: Samus Returns, a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus that’s been “rebuilt from the ground up” for Nintendo’s dedicated handheld.

Nintendo considers Metroid: Samus Returns a “modern reimagining” of Metroid II, adding “immersive 3D visuals” and an “atmospheric color palette” to the game. Samus Aran will also be equipped with a new Melee Counter, Free Aim Mode for her Arm Cannon, and “mysterious” Aeion Abilities. Some form of Amiibo support will also be included. But as you can see from the trailer, the side-scrolling platforming of the 1991 original will remain.

Metroid: Samus Returns will be available for the 3DS, alongside two new Amiibo figures, on September 15. You can get a look at the brand new Samus Aran and Metroid figures after the break.

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