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Metroid: Samus Returns

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Original Thread: Metroid: Samus Returns: I Can't Believe It's By Sakamoto



Some history:

Metroid: Samus Returns was announced on June 13th, 2017, during Nintendo’s live Treehouse segment at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. It was revealed less than an hour after Nintendo had already announced that another game in the Metroid line – Metroid Prime 4, of all titles – was also in the docket. Metroid: Samus Returns had been in development since only 2015.

Metroid: Samus Returns is a remake of one of Metroid’s lesser-appreciated games, Metroid Prime: Pinball Metroid: Return of Samus for the Gameboy. While a technically acceptable game, Metroid: Return of Samus left a lot to be desired due to the Gameboy’s limitations as a console and due to Metroid being gluttonous as a series: each Metroid title has featured huge, expansive areas, with emphasis on exploration. Metroid: Return of Samus stretched the resources of the Gameboy and its cartridges to their limits, to the point where the game was incapable of using a map system, and instead the game came with a physical map. You had to keep track of your positioning the old fashioned way.

Metroid: Return of Samus was released in North America in November of 1991. Twenty-six years later, it was remade as Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS – four handheld generations later. Now that computational power and hard-drive space are nonissues, the game could be reimagined in all the 3DS’s glory.

The Let’s Play:

Normally I wouldn’t be especially keen on doing a Let’s Play so soon after its release. As of this writing, the game has been out for five days. But there are a number of reasons why Metroid: Samus Returns is an exceptional case for me:


Episode 1: We Can Do Better
Episode 2: Think Like A Chozo
Episode 3: Like Getting Mad At A Bear
Episode 4: The Alpha Predator
Episode 5: The Ultimate Problem
Episode 6: I Like Game
Episode 7: How To Play Metroid
Episode 8: Other M Is [...] Good
Episode 9: We Done Goofed
Episode 10: You've Had Your Fun
Episode 11: Just Die, Whatever
Episode 12: More Answers Unquestioned
Episode 13: New And Exciting
Episode 14: Unscrupulous
Episode 15: Become A Criminal
Episode 16: Ludicrously Generous
Episode 17: Potential
Episode 18: It's Not A Bad Thing
Episode 19: Billy
Episode 20: School Him Absolutely
Episode 21: Just Two Guys
Episode 22: Do It Again
Episode 23: Come To The Conclusion
Episode 24: A Bunch Of Garbage
Episode 25: Completely Inappropriate

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