Metroid: Sa­mus Re­turns

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(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.

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