Return of Samus: the return

Less than one week after Mario leapt to 3DS, galactic heroine Samus Aran is readying her first real appearance on the console as Metroid II: Return of Samus is confirmed for a European release on Thursday.

The Game Boy title hits the 3DS Virtual Console for £3.60/€4.00, in line with the premium pricing of other high-profile Nintendo releases. It might not be the most critically acclaimed of all Aran's adventures, but many will still relish the chance to catch up with her handheld outings in advance of the much-anticipated Ambassador releases later this year, which will see Metroid Fusion join the machine.

Update: The game is also confirmed for North America on the same date.