One of the biggest surprises of Nintendo’s first day at E3 was the announcement of Metroid: Samus Returns, a remake of the Game Boy title Metroid II.
The game was shown off during the company’s Treehouse segment and is being developed by Spanish studio MercurySteam, the same team responsible for Konami’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate.
Speaking after the announcement, Enric Alvarez – Head of Studio at MercurySteam – had this to say about the collaboration:
Metroid is one of the most recognized Nintendo franchises and we are so honoured to collaborate with them on the latest game in the saga of space-faring bounty hunter Samus Aran. Our collaboration with Nintendo will give gamers around the world the chance to play this fantastic adventure in a completely new way not seen before.
Alvarez isn’t the only one pumped by the news; Yoshio Sakamoto, senior officer of Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning & Development Department and overall Metroid series producer, is equally excited:
The development of this Metroid game with Mercury Steam has gone very smoothly and more than anything, it has been very exciting. Metroid: Samus Returns is based on the GameBoy classic Metroid II: Return of Samus, and we are very confident that this collaboration with Mercury Steam is the reason we have been able to successfully pull together various features like actions never seen before in the Metroid series, a stunning recreation of the planet SR388 and classical Metroid gameplay elements into a single powerful package.
Now you’ve had some time to digest this shocking announcement, what do you make of this Metroid revival? Do you think it was wise to focus on the 3DS instead of Switch? Let us know with a comment.