TUCSON (Ariz.) – Although the new “Metroid” title is “Dread”, it could as well be called “Metroid Delight” because it fulfills the longings of many players who have been begging for it ever since the Super Nintendo’s inception.
Nintendo made “Metroid” games for a while, but never a side-scrolling game. Fans were left with a nostalgia for old-fashioned 2D games, no matter how strong the GameCube “Metroid Prime” trilogy.
It was so popular that a whole new genre, Metroidvania emerged from the desire for a 2D Metroid. Some of these games were even better than the 2D Metroids.
Nintendo is the OG of the OG and he jumps back in the game with a profound sense of awe at the game’s distinctly old-fashioned heritage.
“Metroid Dread”, a Switch game that was released on October 8, delivers exactly that. It offers six to nine hours’ worth of fast-paced action-platforming. This game marks the culmination of an incredible year of first-party Switch games. It features twisting levels, powerful powerups, and a collection of vicious villains.
Step aside, Mario. One second, Pikachu. Samus is ready to shine.
While the game is full of fan service, it doesn’t offer all of your favorite characters. While the ending act is predictable, a twist sounds true to 1980s-style story tropes and lore.
Samus is initially stripped of her abilities and makes his way through the caverns across various realms. He then follows a linear path, disguised as an open-world filled with false walls and hidden secrets.
Devilish sentries were able to see how EMMI chased them in cat and mouse portions. With ominous persistence, the nearly invulnerable monstrosities haunt you. The EMMIs become a recurring problem. This only increases your sense of achievement when they are removed.
Although the story is filled with anachronisms and a manual save system that never stops, it also contains many quality of life enhancements that suggest modern gaming.
Nintendo uses its graphics power in boss scenes, which evolve into mini cutscenes. This expands the scope of Nintendo’s triumphant moments.
“Metroid Dread” may not do much to move the franchise forward, but that’s exactly why it’s so successful at what it does.
It’s as replayable as any of the top 2D “Metroid” titles. It’s as thrilling and majestic as shooting through walls and finding an upgrade.