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Metroid: Samus Returns

Much has been made about amiibo functionality in Metroid: Samus Returns. More specifically, some fans have been upset that the game’s Fusion mode, which unlocks a harder difficulty and the ability to wear Samus’ suit from Metroid Fusion, is locked behind amiibo. There is good news, however.

Fusion mode can indeed only be unlocked with the new Metroid amiibo. Nintendo also has no plans to sell it separately on the eShop.

That being said, Nintendo has confirmed that Metroid: Samus Returns has a standard hard mode that will can be unlocked once players complete the game on regular difficulty. It’s separate from Fusion mode’s own harder difficulty, and isn’t tied to any amiibo.


Thus far, Nintendo has officially confirmed three Aeion abilities for Metroid: Samus Returns. The game will feature Scan Pulse, Lightning Armor, and Beam Burst. A fourth ability has now seemingly been unintentionally revealed as well.

A boxart image has popped up on Reddit specifically from the Legacy Edition. While not officially confirmed, the packaging shot does have new art that we posted earlier today.

We have some brand new art from Metroid: Samus Returns. The images show off Samus in a couple of poses, Metroids, and other enemy designs. Check out the various images below.

The official teaser site for Metroid: Samus Returns is now live. You can access it here. The full site will open soon, but for now, the page has some screenshots and gameplay details.

Metroid: Samus Returns will have plenty of amiibo functionality. Certain amiibo can be used to unlock a new difficulty mode, artwork, and more.

Nintendo Treehouse has a new blog post up on Tumblr about the amiibo support here. It’s admittedly not exactly new, but it is a nice recap of everything in English. There are also a couple of nice views of the new Samus and Metroid amiibo in 360 degrees.

Two lovely pieces of art have been shared for Metroid: Samus Returns by Nintendo Australia. The first one is above, and the second is below.

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Nintendo unveiled the amiibo functionality for Metroid: Samus Returns this week. All four figures will work with the game – the original Smash Bros. amiibo and the new ones specifically made for this title.

Some of the functionality isn’t that big of a deal. On the other hand, some of it is. One of the big features being scrutinized is the Fusion mode. By scanning the new, squishy Metroid amiibo, you’ll receive access to the mode that provides a new level of difficulty and Samus’ Fusion Suit from Metroid Fusion.

GameStop has revealed a special pre-order bonus for Metroid: Samus Returns. If you reserve the game, you’ll be entitled to a free keychain.

The offer applies to both versions of Samus Returns – the standard release and Legacy Edition. It also works both online and in-store.

You can pre-order Metroid: Samus Returns at GameStop here.

Metroid: Samus Returns will have plenty of amiibo functionality when the game launches in September. You’ll be able to use the new Samus and Metroid figures being prepared for the game, along with the previously-released amiibo from the Smash Bros. series.

Nintendo opened the Japanese website for Samus Returns earlier today. It doesn’t have a whole lot of information currently, but the amiibo page was also updated with details on the game’s amiibo support.

Here’s the breakdown:

Nintendo has launched the Japanese website for the upcoming 3DS game Metroid: Samus Returns. You can find it here. It doesn’t really contain a whole lot of new information or media, but it’s nice to look at at least.


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