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Metroid: Samus Returns was a welcome announcement during E3, as Nintendo used the Treehouse segment to unveil what is now one of the most anticipated 3DS titles of this year. It's being developed by MercurySteam, well known among 3DS owners for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, and it's looking rather good.

The reveal was a surprise, but it also brought us back to reports from two years ago that had been dismissed by MercurySteam, in what now seem to have been diversionary tactics. We teamed up with Liam Robertson back in August 2015 to share his report on the European studio pitching some intriguing Metroid projects for Wii U and 3DS to Nintendo. They evidently didn't happen, and we now have this remake / reimagining of Metroid II: Return of Samus on the way.

In any case Liam revisits the story, catches up with his sources from the time and tries to fill in the gaps from those pitches to the game now set to grace our 3DS screens this year. Check it out below.

Are you excited about Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS?