Nintendo has announced a new version of the 3DS XL, after the upcoming game Metroid: Samus Returns. The model will be sold separately from the game, but will be available the same day Samus Returns is launched, September 15, 2017. This limited edition of the 3DS has the famous red and gold colours on the bottom and top, with a simple silhouette of Samus on the red half. On the gold half lies a subtle Screwattack logo. Again, the Samus Returns 3DS does not come with the game and is thusly priced at the usual $200 USD.
Metroid: Samus Returns is a revamp of the old Game Boy version, Metroid II: Return of Samus all the way from 1991. The new game has updated graphics, features, and supports the 3D screens of the 3DS (if you don’t already have a 3DS and are not keen on the gimmick, you can turn it off whenever you like).
It has not been mentioned of the revamp will have new content, but there plenty of features that have been modernized. For example, Samus now has the freedom to aim the full 360 degrees, and Samus can now counter attacks. This is with the melee counter system, which gets super handy in the boss battles. Samus also has Aeion abilities, which include new powers like Scan Pulse. The latter shows the player the direction they ought to be going, which saves a great deal of backtracking unlike the older game.
Though the new version will certainly allow young gamers to experience Metroid for the first time, is it something they would like? Hopefully Metroid is a classic enough game to stand the test of time and the answer would be yes. Though I’m not sure it would be a game kids would pick up on their own, without their parents’ nostalgia guiding them. Do you think young gamers would be into Metroid? Do you think the game stands the test of time? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!