The Metroid series finally makes an arrival on Nintendo Switch. As announced during its E3 2021 Nintendo Direct, Metroid 5, officially named Metroid Dread, will heading to the Switch on October 8th of this year. While it isn’t Metroid Prime 4, it should appeal to a subset of Metroid fans who have also been waiting for years for a new title.
Metroid Dread is the first new 2D Metroid title in almost two decades. This game will see Samus deal with a variety of new robot threats known as EMMI. Like the remake Samus Returns, it’s made by MercurySteam, and the game visually looks similar as a result.
The robot is a research robot for the Federation, so Samus’ weapons won’t work on the machine. So she must look for alternate options, like the Phantom Cloak to go invisible and get out of a bad situation.
Similar to Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS, Metroid Dread also appears to be more action-packed than older entries. Free Aim and counter have been improved, and the slide is now one of Samus’ base abilities. Overall, the experience will be smoother. Exploration will still be a big portion of the game, and there are brand-new abilities like the Spider Magnet (allows latching onto certain walls).
Nintendo is also selling Amiibo figures based on Samus and an EMMI foe, which are releasing the same day as Metroid Dread. You can check those out below.
Preorders for Metroid Dread are also available, with several different additions as well as the Amiibos.