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Metroid: Samus Returns – Overview Trailer

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 Amiibos

New Metroid: Samus Returns Amiibo Functionality

Samus Aran
Tap once to unlock an Aeion Reserve Tank.
Tap after beating the game to unlock a Metroid II: Return of Samus art gallery.

Metroid
Tap once to unlock the Metroid Marker that uncovers nearby Metroids.
Tap after beating the game to unlock a more difficult Fusion Mode.

Original Samus and Zero Suit Samus Amiibos

Super Smash Brothers Amiibo Functionality

Samus
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.

Samus Returns Gamestop Preorder Keychain
Samus Returns Gamestop Preorder Keychain

Metroid: Samus Returns Amiibos and Special Edition Announced

It’s been a fantastic week to be a Metroid fan and the hits just keep coming since the announcement of both Metroid Prime 4 and Metroid: Samus Returns yesterday at E3. For further information about the announcements click here. Information has been pouring out about the collector and standard editions of the upcoming 3DS title. The standard edition will be retailing for the typical $39.99, but more interestingly is the special edition, seen below, that is shown on Gamestop for $49.99.

Metroid Samus Returns Special Edition

The special edition is to include a CD-ROM archival soundtrack, assumedly  a greatest hits of the series or a mix of tracks from both versions of Metroid II. This is a nice bonus for fans and the series-staple screw attack logo on both the cover and CD is a nice touch.

New Metroid: Samus Returns Amiibos

What’s a big Nintendo announcement without some new Amiibos? Samus Returns is getting two dedicated Amiibos upon release with a model of Samus herself and the infamous Metroid. Both contain a lot of detail and will provide some nice desk candy for anyone picking them up upon release. No word on what functionality they will provide within game or other games that will support them, but Nintendo was sure to advertise that the Metroid Amiibo in particular is “squishy.” We wouldn’t have it any other way. No release date have been mentioned as of this time, but you can start the hunt for the original Samus and Zero Suit Samus Amiibos if they aren’t in your collection already. Nintendo stated that they would be compatible with Samus Returns upon release.

Original Samus and Zero Suit Samus Amiibos

The last bit of news released by Nintendo is a developer diary video discussing new abilities and game mechanics in more detail. Explanations of the free aim, melee counter, and Aeion powers are discussed and shown via gameplay. An informative interview and a must watch for any Metroid fan itching for more information about the upcoming 3DS release.