Metroid - Timeline
Friday6th Aug 2021
News Fans Celebrate All Things Metroid As The Series Turns 35
Happy anniversary, Metroid!
35 years ago today, on 6th August 1986, the original Metroid launched for the Famicom in Japan. The game would eventually arrive on the NES in North America and Europe in 1987 and 1988 respectively, before blossoming into a series of titles adored by fans to this day. Metroid games don't always come around too often...
Thursday5th Aug 2021
Random This Vintage Metroid Cosplay Is Terrible, And We Absolutely Love It
"The incredible Samus"
Over the years, Metroid star Samus Aran has been the focus of many people operating within the cosplay arena, and it's easy to see why – she's a powerful individual who happens to wear a seriously amazing suit of armour, so there's scope for some really impressive cosplay creations. However, we should spare a tho
Friday30th Jul 2021
News Metroid Dread Samus And E.M.M.I amiibo Available To Pre-Order At Nintendo UK Store
Go! Go! Go!
The My Nintendo Store in the UK has opened pre-orders for the lovely new Samus And E.M.M.I amiibo set to launch alongside Metroid Dread this October. Available for the standard RRP of £25.99, the two amiibo come together in a special double pack. You can grab them via the link below – orders over £20 qualify for free shipping, so...
Monday26th Jul 2021
News Harmony Of A Hunter Returns Will Bring Us 5 Hours Of Metroid Music
A huge fan collaboration to celebrate the series
Nintendo's iconic franchises give us lots of fan creations, often in the form of extravagant artwork. For Metroid fans that enjoy the franchise music, the 'Harmony of a Hunter' albums (from a collective referred to as Shinesparkers) are among the highlights that pop up relatively frequently...
Sunday25th Jul 2021
Video The Complete Story Of The Metroid Series
Get ready for the arrival of Metroid Dread
As soon as Nintendo announced Metroid Dread - the fifth and final entry in the original Metroid story arc, we all had similar thoughts about revisiting the older entries in the series in some way or form. If you can't see yourself playing through these classic titles before the new one arrives this...
Wednesday21st Jul 2021
News Nintendo Leak Reveals Scrapped Wii Games, Including A Metroid Title From Intelligent Systems
The gigaleak strikes again
Remember last year's 'Gigaleak', when all sorts of secret data and information from Nintendo's vaults somehow found its way online? Well, it appears that even more is now being discovered, including a number of Wii projects that were ultimately scrapped. Plenty of these never-released titles are intriguing, but some will...
Sunday18th Jul 2021
Rumour Metroid Prime Trilogy For Switch Ready To Go, According To Industry Insider
Nintendo is just waiting for the "right time"
We've got an update on the long-rumoured Metroid Prime Trilogy remaster that's supposedly heading to Nintendo Switch. According to the proven industry insider and VentureBeat journalist, Jeff Grubb, the development of the Switch version has already been completed and it's now just a matter of Nintendo...
Saturday17th Jul 2021
News Metroid Dread Producer Hopes Fans Look Forward To "Future Episodes" Once The Current Story Arc Concludes
What's next for Samus?
Metroid Dread is the fifth entry in the original Metroid series and it's coming to the Nintendo Switch this October. As already detailed, this is the first Metroid game with a new story in roughly 19 years and continues the tale of the interconnected fates of the famous bounty hunter Samus Aran and the Metroids. It also...
Thursday15th Jul 2021
News New Metroid Dread Report Outlines 7 Points That Define The 2D Saga
"I’m sure some of you may have thought that the character Samus was named Metroid?"
As part of its early promotion for Metroid Dread, Nintendo has been producing some pretty neat 'reports' that showcase different aspects of the game, along with input from the development team. The latest update focuses on seven gameplay and story aspects that...
Wednesday14th Jul 2021
News Metroid's Ridley amiibo Is Also Getting A Reprint This October
Just in time for the release of Metroid Dread
From time to time, Nintendo likes to reprint older amiibo alongside newer releases on the Switch. We've seen it before with amiibo from the Zelda line, and now it's Metroid's turn. Following on from the news the Dark Samus amiibo from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would be getting a reprint in the US, it's...
Monday12th Jul 2021
Talking Point Can Metroid Dread Be The Franchise's 'Awakening'?
This could be a breakthrough for the series
Over the weekend our lovely folk in the video team posted a detailed chat, above, asking a simple but intriguing question — "Why hasn't the Metroid series traditionally sold well?" It's a good question, and it feels like one with a lot of varied answers. Let's summarise a few, before shifting to a fully...
Thursday8th Jul 2021
News A Hand-Drawn Guide To Metroid Is Coming, And It Looks Absolutely Stunning
Pre-orders coming soon
Last summer, the super-talented Philip Summers launched a beautiful hand-drawn game guide for The Legend of Zelda on NES. Available as a PDF or (to a very limited extent) in physical form, the guide featured completely hand-drawn and hand-written pages full of glorious art, tips, maps, walkthrough info and more to help you...
Tuesday6th Jul 2021
Poll What's The Best Metroid Game?
The reveal and upcoming release of 'Metroid 5', better known as Metroid Dread, has had many of us going back to either revisit games in the franchise or catch up on ones we missed first time round. We compiled our personal ranking of the best Metroid games long ago, but we thought it was time to update that list and let Nintendo Life...
Monday5th Jul 2021
News It Looks Like Metroid's 'Dark Samus' amiibo Is Getting A Reprint
Coming this October
It can be intensely frustrating when desirable amiibo figures go out of active circulation, but Nintendo has made efforts to solve this issue by putting certain characters back into production – and it seems that Metroid's Dark Samus is the next one to get a reprint. US retailer Best Buy has a listing for the figure with a...
Saturday3rd Jul 2021
Soapbox Super Metroid Showed Me I Had The Right To Exist
Samus & Me
My first experience with the Metroid series was relatively unremarkable: I just bought Super Metroid for my SNES, back when a brand new SNES game was something you could just walk into a local shop and buy. I took its oversized box home, flipped through the glossy Player’s Guide, and noticed something odd — Samus Aran, the...
Thursday1st Jul 2021
Video Are 2D Games Worth $60? Jon, Alex And Zion Share Their Own Thoughts
Since Nintendo's announcement of Metroid Dread, there appears to have been a lot of discussion about its price. It's a brand new entry in the 35-year-old franchise and will set you back $60 USD or your regional equivalent. While we've already touched on the topic here on Nintendo Life in a talking point, our video team made up of Jon, Alex...
Wednesday30th Jun 2021
News Latest Metroid Dread Report Teaches Us All About Samus' Terrifying Enemy, The E.M.M.I.
And info on Samus' new ability, Phantom Cloak
In Nintendo's latest report for Metroid Dread, more information has been provided on the E.M.M.I, a new threat for Samus in the upcoming game and the inspiration behind one of its shiny new amiibo figures. In the game, the E.M.M.I are dispatched by the Galactic Federation for research purposes and end...
Saturday26th Jun 2021
Random Internet Goes Wild Over One Incredibly Small Detail In Metroid Dread
It's the little things that count
Not only will we be seeing the return of Samus very soon but also MercurySteam - the same Spanish studio behind Metroid: Samus Returns on the 3DS. Metroid Dread Producer, Yoshio Sakamoto, recently noted how this team is "extremely talented", technically skilled, and has an "incredible understanding" of Metroid...
Thursday24th Jun 2021
Retro The Anticlimactic Quest To Find The Person Behind Metroid's Most Famous 'Cheat Code'
Cosmic coincidence or a real person?
If you know Metroid, then chances are you also know the name Justin Bailey. Entering this code (or password, to be more precise) into the original NES Metroid would not only grant you full power, but also a special outfit for Samus Aran. While many passwords of the period were random selections of letters and...
News Metroid Series Tops Wii U eShop's "Best Sellers" List Following Dread Reveal
The return of Samus
Over the past week, Nintendo lifted the lid on Metroid 5 - no, it's not a sequel to the Metroid Prime game we're still waiting on, it's part of the original series dating all the way back to the NES era. This new entry, known as Metroid Dread, is being co-developed by MercurySteam and has already seen pre-order success on Amazon...
Tuesday22nd Jun 2021
News Metroid Dread Is GameStop's Top Pre-Order Following E3 2021
Let's go, Samus!
For many Nintendo fans, the standout announcement at E3 this year was Metroid Dread - the first new entry in the original 2D Metroid series in 19 years. It seems to have everyone buzzing, and as a result - the base game, special edition and Samus & EMMI amiibo have been in high demand. With this in mind, video game retail giant...
Sunday20th Jun 2021
Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #87 - Metroid: Zero Mission
As seen on your Twitter feed
Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our series of retro box art polls to decide the best regional variants from two or more territories. Last time we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Rare's Battletoads on NES. Europe and North America teamed up with the same cover on that occasion (same as this week, in fact) and utterly...
Friday18th Jun 2021
News Of Course Scalpers Are Already Flogging Metroid Dread's Special Edition And amiibo
Don't fall for it
The prospect of Metroid Dread's upcoming launch has fans of Samus' 35-year-old series super-excited, but sadly – and surprising no one – scalpers have already arrived on the scene to ruin everyone's day. As you may know, the game's being treated to a Special Edition release which comes with extra physical goodies, as well as...
News Metroid Dread Tops Amazon's "Best Sellers" Chart
Samus is back!
E3 might have labelled Forza Horizon 5 the "most anticipated" title of the show this year, but Metroid Dread would like a word. Since its reveal at Nintendo's E3 2021 Direct, Samus' next adventure has become one of the best-selling games - with fans rushing to secure a standard copy, the special edition and the two-in-one amiibo...
Thursday17th Jun 2021
Guide Metroid Games You Need To Play Before Metroid Dread
Here's how to catch up on Samus' story
After 19 years away, the Metroid series is finally returning to its roots with a brand new entry into its mainline 2D series. Metroid Dread will be the fifth game in the beloved franchise's core lineup when it launches on Switch this October, and if our chat with the game's producer is anything to go by, that...
Wednesday16th Jun 2021
News Metroid Dread amiibo Functionality Revealed
Both figures can be used once per day
Alongside the excellent news that Metroid Dread is blasting onto Nintendo Switch this October, yesterday's Nintendo Direct also revealed the existence of two brand new Metroid amiibo – a new Samus figure and the terrifying E.M.M.I. The presentation stopped short of telling us how these figures can be used...
News Yes, The Samus Returns Team Helped Nintendo Develop Metroid Dread
MercurySteam is back!
In case you missed it, MercurySteam - the Spanish studio behind Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS is back for Metroid Dread. While this information wasn't shared during the western broadcast, it was mentioned by the Nintendo Treehouse team and also in a video featuring Metroid Dread Producer, Yoshio Sakamoto, after the show. In...
News Nintendo Says It's "Working Hard" On Metroid Prime 4
It's now been four years since it was announced
While we were somewhat hopeful for a Metroid Prime 4 update at Nintendo's E3 Direct this year, instead we got an incredibly brief update early on during the showcase. The message was delivered by Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi, who said the team at Retro Studios and Nintendo are still hard at work on the...
Tuesday15th Jun 2021
News Metroid 5 Is Coming To Switch As Metroid Dread, And It's 2D
Samus, we missed you
Metroid Dread is not actually new — it was meant to be the sequel to the 2002 Metroid Fusion — but its original release date of 2006 never materialised. Well, it's time to party like it's 2006, because Metroid Dread is BACK, and it's glorious. The fifth game in the Metroid core series is a 2D side-scrolling platformer,...
Sunday13th Jun 2021
News Metroid Prime 4 Was First Announced Four Years Ago Today
Will we see it at E3 this year?
Today is four years to the day that Metroid Prime 4 was first teased to fans, with Nintendo confirming its existence during E3 2017. It's hard to forget that initial tease; a 40-second clip aired during Nintendo's E3 Direct, slowly revealing a giant number '4' to a soundtrack that was instantly recognisable to fans...