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Metroid: Samus Returns

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Metroid: Samus Returns
メトロイド サムスリターンズ
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North American box art.
Developer(s): Nintendo
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: Action-Adventure
Players: 1
Predecessor: N/A
Successor: N/A
Release dates
Worldwide: September 15, 2017[1][2][3][4]
ESRB: E10+
USK: 12
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Metroid: Samus Returns is a 2.5D Nintendo 3DS title in the Metroid series, and a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus, originally released for Game Boy in 1991. The game was released in September 2017.

Released alongside the game were a pair of Metroid amiibo, depicting Samus Aran and a Metroid. A special edition version of the game was also released in North America and Japan that includes a soundtrack CD featuring songs from across the series.[5][6] In Europe, the game's "Legacy Edition" comes with the CD as well as an artbook, a 3D Morph Ball keyring, a gold "S" badge, a download code for the Virtual Console release of the original Metroid II: Return of Samus, and a SteelBook case designed after the original Metroid II Game Pak.[7] Finally, the game also launched alongside a special edition New Nintendo 3DS XL system.


Nintendo website (E3 2017)

A classic Metroid adventure returns, rebuilt from the ground up!

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, side-scrolling action platformer 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.


  • This intense, side-scrolling action platformer has been completely remade with engaging and immersive 3D visuals and a rich, atmospheric color palette.
  • Classic Metroid II: Return of Samus gameplay is joined by a wealth of new content, including a set of brand new abilities that utilizes a mysterious energy resource called “Aeion,” a powerful melee counterattack, and 360-degree Free Aim Mode.
  • There are plenty of secrets to find—and if you uncover enough of them, you may even start to unravel the mystery of Planet SR388's past.
  • Two new amiibo™ figures*—Samus Aran and Metroid—will be released as a set alongside the game. This game is also compatible with the Zero Suit Samus and Samus amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. series. Functionality details will be revealed at a later date.
  • While supplies last, fans will be able to purchase a special edition of the game, which includes a physical copy of the game, a sound-selection CD featuring 25 tracks from across the Metroid franchise, and a reversible title-sheet insert for the game case.


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In Japan, Metroid: Samus Returns was the third best-selling title on the week of its release with 30,855 copies sold[8]; according to Dengeki, the game sold through around 70% of its initial shipment.[9] In North America, Samus Returns debuted as the eighth best-selling game during September 2017.[10]

At The Game Awards 2017, Metroid: Samus Returns was named "Best Handheld Game".[11]

Technical details

Technical Details

Nintendo 3DS Game Card
Digital download

Download size

5,460 blocks

Supported features

amiibo (Read Only)

Input / compatible controllers

Nintendo 3DS

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Metroid: Samus Returns - Game Reveal - Nintendo E3 2017. Nintendo (YouTube; June 13, 2017). Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. 任天堂株式会社 on Twitter (June 13, 2017). Retrieved June 13, 2017
  3. Nintendo UK on Twitter (June 13, 2017). Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  4. "Your mission is simple: explore planet SR388 and exterminate all Metroids. #Metroid: Samus Returns, coming to Nintendo #3DS Sept 16th." Nintendo AU NZ on Twitter (July 28, 2017). Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  5. Nintendo of America on Twitter (June 13, 2017). Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  6. 『メトロイド』ファン必見! 数量限定サムス柄Newニンテンドー3DS LLが発売!. (August 8, 2017). Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  7. Metroid: Samus Returns. Nintendo UK. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  8. Media Create Sales: 9/11/17 – 9/17/17. Gematsu (September 20, 2017). Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  9. 【週間ソフト販売ランキング TOP50】PS4版『ウイイレ2018』が6.4万本で1位(9月11日~17日). Dengeki Online (September 21, 2017). Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  10. Nintendo News: Nintendo Systems Claim Two-Thirds of September Video Game Hardware Sales. Business Wire (October 19, 2017). Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  11. Awards - The Game Awards 2017. The Game Awards. Retrieved December 9, 2017.

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