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Metroid Dread is finally a Metroidvania game again

Metroid Dread 2D Game

We’re getting the first 2D Metroid game since Samus Returns in 2017 in the form of the newly-announced Metroid Dread. Given that Samus Returns is a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus, this actually makes the first original 2D Metroid since 2002’s Metroid Fusion. It’s no Metroid Prime 4, a game that still doesn’t have a release date, but we’re still very excited for the release of this title.

Metroid Dread Release Date: October 8, 2021

Metroid Dread has been rumored for a couple of weeks before its reveal, and was even leaked inadvertently by Walmart. Thankfully, Nintendo gave us a release date right after revealing the game, which gives us something to look forward to on the Switch in months to come. Metroid Dread launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on October 8, 2021.

Metroid Dread is a direct sequel to Metroid Fusion, a game that launched almost two decades ago. Samus Aran explores the planet ZDR, wherein she encounters the indestructible robot E.M.M.I. Because the new enemy cannot be dealt with directly, Metroid Dread introduces stealth mechanics in the game as well.

Based on the people working on the title, we’re sure that Metroid Dread will be a success. We saw some of the gameplay during Nintendo’s follow-up Treehouse live stream after their Direct, and the game looks fluid and reactive. The game is a collaboration between Nintendo EPD and MercurySteam, which also made Metroid: Samus Returns.

The release of the game is being treated as a big deal by Nintendo as well. Aside from a Standard Edition, the game will also have a Special Edition. The Special Edition comes with a special Steelbook, Art Cards, and an Art Book. The game will also have a pair of Amiibos, sold as a pair, of Samus and E.M.M.I.