A new official trailer was dropped for Metroid: Samus Returns today. Dubbed the Overview Trailer, fans looking for a bit more information on the game will find some interesting tidbits about Samus’s new Aeion powers and a list of uses for all 4 Metroid Amiibos, even though the community has known about these for quite some time.
Aeion Abilities – All share the same resource and cannot be used indefinitely.
Scan Pulse – Allows the player to scan the area for special walls, power-ups, and paths. It appears to affect more than the screen the player is exploring, but also highlights parts of the surrounding map that the player has yet to uncover. A completionist’s best friend.
Lightning Armor – An offensive electric shield that appears to damage any enemy Samus touches, decimating even large groups of smaller enemies.
Beam Burst – Turns Samus’s beam into a gatling gun of destruction. Rapid fire mayhem at its finest and will probably the best use of Aeion power during boss battles.
Phase Drift – While probably the least interesting of all of the powers, Phase Drift will allow Samus to slow down time, giving her the edge during more difficult encounters. Hopefully this power will promote some interesting environmental puzzles and exploration along the player’s journey.
New Metroid: Samus Returns Amiibo Functionality
Tap once to unlock an Aeion Reserve Tank.
Tap after beating the game to unlock a Metroid II: Return of Samus art gallery.
Tap once to unlock the Metroid Marker that uncovers nearby Metroids.
Tap after beating the game to unlock a more difficult Fusion Mode.
Super Smash Brothers Amiibo Functionality
Tap once to unlock a Missile Reserve Tank .
Tap after finishing the game for a Metroid: Samus Returns concept art gallery.
Zero Suit Samus
Tap once to unlock an Energy Reserve Tank.
Tap once more after finishing the game for a sound test mode.
I’m glad to see that Nintendo is making pretty good use of the Amiibo functionality with Samus Returns and it should keep collectors happy. Fingers crossed that the new figures won’t be difficult to find on release day, September 15th, but I won’t hold my breath. The addition of Aeion powers and the melee counter are really shooting to keep the formula fresh and I for one am looking forward to having a few more powerful toys to play around with while exploring this new, portable Metroid adventure. Also, if you haven’t already preordered Samus Returns, consider doing so at Gamestop. They are offering a nostalgic 8-bit keychain with every preorder.