Not since Metroid: Zero Mission on the Game Boy Advance have fans of the series gotten a new 2D Metroid adventure. That game was an extended remake of the original Metroid, so it really is quite fitting that, more than a decade later, the next 2D series installment is a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus from the original Game Boy. Metroid: Samus Returns has a lot of pressure to live up to the series' standards, especially since we have not seen Samus Aran in action at all since 2010's controversial Metroid: Other M.
Fortunately for Metroid fans, it sounds like they have a lot to look forward to. With an average score of 88/100 on Metacritic, 42 reviewers (as of the writing of this article) are universally positive about Samus Returns. IGN gave the game an 8.5; Polygon awarded a 9/10; and GameSpot thought it deserved a 9/10 as well, just to name a few of many high scores.
"Yes, Samus Returns is legit. Yes, it's really a Metroid. The controls are precise, the music is lovely, the caverns are dense and full of secrets to discover, and everything gels well together into an experience that is unmistakably Metroid." — Chris Kohler, Kotaku Features Editor
The general sentiment from most reviewers seems to be that Samus Returns is a faithful adaption of the Metroid II Game Boy classic with modern gameplay twists, like the melee counter, and extra abilities and polish that help to preserve the game's story as a more accessible version for gamers to experience. Samus Returns is also relatively difficult, which is nothing new for the series (especially when 100% completion is considered), but this is good to hear for franchise veterans who yearn for the typical Metroid challenge.
"Metroid: Samus Returns is very much the classic Metroid game fans have been looking for." — Sean Buckley, Engadget Associate Editor
The game is not without its flaws, some of which are outlined in various reviews, from difficulty spikes to confusing boss patterns. As usual, these blemishes will be more or less severe for each player; consumer feedback should be interesting to look at once the game launches on Nintendo 3DS this Friday, September 15th.
Are you excited for Metroid: Samus Returns? Are the mostly positive reviews getting you even more pumped? Let us know in the comments below, and come back to this article after release to share your thoughts on Samus' newest adventure!