16 Jun 2021 10:52 AM +00:00

E3 Nintendo Direct Shows Off New 2D Metroid, Metroid Dread: Releases 2021, Amiibo

During the Nintendo Direct at this year's E3, Nintendo showed footage of Metroid 5, also known as Metroid Dread.

Rumored to have been in development for years now, Metroid Dread is the first new 2D Metroid game in 19 years.

Not only did the reveal gameplay footage of the game, but its release date and new Amiibos arriving when it launches.

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Metroid Dread

Samus has a new look, changed after her previous adventures in Metroid 1-4 and the Metroid Prime series.

Dread will have a more of suspense feel to it while capturing the exploration, upgrades, and 2D platforming that fans of the series know and love.

Metroid Dread releases on October 8, 2021, for the Nintendo Switch.

Also, on that date, a two-pack of Amiibos for the game featuring Samus and the robot E.M.M.I.

Metroid Dread Amiibo
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Metroid Prime Dread contains many features that longtime fans are familiar with, including newer ones from Metroid: Samus Returns like the Melee Counter.

The final story in the current arc, Dread also contains some new features the surprise and delight players.


The new enemy of the game, the E.M.M.I. can detect the sounds Samus makes, and track her throughout levels.

Staying silent in its presence is imperative.

Samus can also take advantage of the new Optical Camouflage so the E.M.M.I. cannot scan for her.

A slide has been added, allowing Samus to slide between the legs of larger enemies, and under tight spaces without needed to change into the Morph Ball.

The new Spider Magnet lets her climb certain walls, offering much more freedom in how players explore their environment.

There is no news on how the Amiibos will work in the game, but more information will be posted once it becomes available.

Metroid Dread Special Edition

Also arriving on October 8, 2021, is a Special Edition of Metroid Dread that includes a steel case, artbook, and art cards featuring original artwork from the previous four Metroid titles in the main series.

The cost of the Special Edition has not been released yet, and it is not currently available for preorder.

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