Metroid: Samus Returns
(Nintendo 3DS) HHHH Age: 3+
Nintendo’s unsung hero Samus was a pioneer not just because she was a female character in a testosterone-charged world but also because the design of the Metroid series influenced so many others. This reboot of the 26-year-old Metroid II certainly can’t hide that it’s from another era but the strength of its original concepts hold firm.
A side-scrolling action-adventure, it leans on the familiar Metroid tropes of gear upgrades gradually granting access to hidden parts of the sprawling alien world that Samus explores. This update introduces several new moves that smooth the old-school edges from the experience but never compromise it.