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Nintendo has released a second trailer for its highly anticipated Metroid game, Metroid Dread. Metroid Dread is a pretty big deal because 1) it’s a Metroid game, and 2) the game was actually in development for the Nintendo DS over a decade ago.

While that version ended up getting canceled, Metroid Dread will make its return on the much more powerful Nintendo Switch later this year when it releases in the fall. The game represents a return to the classic, 2D Metroid gameplay defined by classics such as Super Metroid, but with 3D graphics that really bring Samus to life.

Metroid Dread’s new trailer showcases the heroine’s arrival on Planet ZDR, the central location of the game. It also teases some of the powerful enemies that Samus will be going up against, which seem to include the Chozo—the bird-like species popularized by the power-up statues that have appeared since the first Metroid. Viewers are also treated to some of Samus’ new and returning abilities, such as Flash Shift (a speedy dash maneuver) and the Grapple Beam for swinging across gaps.

Metroid Dread will be released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on October 8, 2021. The game will presumably be followed by Retro Studios’ Metroid Prime 4, but there’s little indication as to when that might be available. (Metroid Prime 4 was announced during 2017’s E3 event, but its development was restarted around January 2019.)

A mysterious transmission draws bounty hunter Samus Aran to planet ZDR, where she soon learns this remote planet has been overrun by vicious alien lifeforms and murderous robots called E.M.M.I.

Hunt and be hunted as you make your way through a deadly world in Samus’ most intense adventure yet—and the long-awaited next entry in the 2D Metroid saga.

Source: Nintendo

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  1. So good to finally be getting a new mainline Metroid game again. Metroid 4 ([I]Fusion[/I]) came out in 2002, so it’s been almost a 20-f*cking-year wait. I haven’t yet played this team’s previous game, the Metroid 2 remake [I]Samus Returns[/I], but this is looking impressive. I’m seeing some framerate slowdown, hope that’s not there in the retail build.

    Metroid is one of my favorite game franchises, with the 3rd game [I]Super Metroid[/I] and the remake of the first game [I]Zero Mission[/I] being the best games in the series, in my opinion. While I enjoyed the Prime spin-off series (especially the first one), I’ve long wanted a return to the main series.

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