Metroid Dread is close, so close, and Nintendo is presumably approaching the end of its 'Report' series on the game. Pleasingly this week's entry is pretty much spoiler free as it focuses on controls, the map and features designed to help players enjoy the game.
First of all, if you haven't played all of the main games in the series - in particular Metroid Fusion on Game Boy Advance, which precedes Dread - then it's assured that there'll be a story recap in the game to get you up to speed.
Metroid Dread is almost here! Since the previous game in this saga released 19 years ago—2002’s Metroid Fusion for the Game Boy Advance™ system—we understand that Metroid Dread may be the first 2D Metroid game for a lot of you. Whether you’re new to the series or simply want to brush up your bounty-hunting skills, here are some helpful hints to keep in mind during your early explorations.
STORY - The Galactic Federation—a joint congress created by many different planets in the galaxy—dispatched a special research unit to planet ZDR. The unit’s objective was to investigate the possible presence of the deadly X parasite, a lifeform capable of mimicking organic creatures fully. However, the unit went dark. Now, it’s up to Samus Aran, the most powerful bounty hunter in the galaxy, to head to this unexplored planet and find out what happened. But what she finds there is desperate terror...
~TRANSMISSION FROM THE DEV TEAM~
The story is introduced at the start of the game, so you’ve got nothing to worry about catching up on before starting—even if you’ve never touched a single game in this series. Animated illustrations of key moments are used to help bring you up to speed. Players of previous games may also enjoy seeing these moments come to life in this new way. If you’d like to learn more about the story of the series, please check out vol. 4 of the Metroid Dread Report.
The report then goes through the various controls and moves at Samus' disposal, many of which will be familiar to players of Metroid: Samus Returns. As you've no doubt seen in numerous trailers this one does introduce a Dash Melee along with a rather snazzy slide.
An interesting segment relates to the map and navigation aids, along with confirmation towards the end that updates from the 'Adam' AI will have a similar mechanic to Fusion; in this case you'll need to visit a 'Network Station'.
The Metroid series’ genre is “exploration action.” As the name suggests, you explore a vast world and can grow stronger as you go. You can check out the areas you’ve explored on a map, so map-reading skills come in extreme handy. Here, you can open the full map by pressing the + Button.
Select an icon on the map to see the point of interest’s name.
Select an icon and press the Y Button to switch on Icon Highlight, which will highlight similar points of interest across the map.
Areas that still contain hidden items will glow on the map.
You can download map data for your current location at the Map Station. Once you’ve downloaded the data, you can use Map Stations to save your progress.
~TRANSMISSION FROM THE DEV TEAM~ On ZDR, there are parts of the terrain that Samus can destroy with Beam and Missile attacks. Breaking through them to open new paths is a foundational piece of exploration in the Metroid series. Some of these breakable blocks blend in well with their environment. If you get stuck, be on the lookout for suspicious spots and blast them with your Beam, Missile, or the Bomb that you obtain later in the game.
The rest of the report is full of familiar details, but certainly worth checking out if you can't have enough Dread in your life at this time.
So, are you excited for next week's release?
I just want to play it alreadyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Well the maps look really nice
There’s an “insider rumor” that we are getting a remaster of Metroid Prime next year…. And not the Trilogy.
That’s terrible news 😡
@fafonio source please?.
Edit: nvm, found the source
Will this be the first 2D Metroid for many of you? I've played Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion. I own Zero Mission on my Wii U and am planning on playing it soon. And I intend to buy a 2DS shortly to play Returns.
@fafonio of just the first one? That's too bad.
You hear that everyone, the developers don't want you calling this game a "Metroidvania" but instead want you to call it an "exploration action" game. They themselves know calling a Metroid game a metroidvania sounds really redundant.
@Gryffin I mean the first game is pretty good. But yeah, it sucks we aren’t getting the other two.
Also very likely Nintendo will charge this $59.99 for all we know
@anoyonmus lol that's a fact
@anoyonmus it will be a ****storm if it turns out to be true. People have been expecting the Trilogy for years now, only to receive only the first game… in remaster form… not even remake.
It will be a PR nightmare
I mean, retro studios said it would be very hard to convert prime 3 to button controls because of how everything within the game is designed, but I don’t see why Nintendo can’t put both prime 1 and 2 into a package or just leave prime 3 with motion controls. It literally makes no sense if this is true.
@I_commented 1 and 2 is definitely doable considering they were GC releases. Prime 3 would be more difficult to port because of the motion controls but then again, skyward sword hd happened so Prime 3 while doable to be ported to Switch would be harder compared to the first game
“Stay tuned for Volume 10 where we reveal the Metroid Dread ending!” 😝
@fafonio and that's what kills me is people believe everything they read lol there won't be one a mpt or a mp remake lol until Nintendo announces it.see at least that way if it don't come out on the switch my feelings didn't get hurt.and I won't be whining about it not coming lol see how that works
@fafonio like I told dude don't believe everything you read.considering Nintendo never once announced anything and if they only remade mp 1 Noone could be mad at Nintendo because Nintendo never said it was coming.the only people that said it was coming was people who use stuff like that for clickbait .common sense really
I'm set on getting Dread even though I don't like the damn genre lol like, right now I'm giving Super Metroid my first serious go and trying to power through the slog of not knowing where to go and it's super frustrating. I really want to like the series but I'm not into labyrinths and getting lost. But still... I find myself wanting to keep coming back even though I hate it. Hoping that Dread is accessible and friendly to newcomers!
My body is ready.
One week to go!
The icon highlight looks super nice! That'll be great for going back for items.
@anoyonmus @fafonio An industry rumor that NL hasn’t reported on? Way to stay strong NL!
@Tandy255 now that you mentioned it. NintendoLife will probably report on it
@Darkyoshi98 the thing is… MANY people are expecting something like the Trilogy. And since the Trilogy has been released before, EVERYONE (if it comes to happen) expect remasters of the whole trilogy, not a single game.
That’s why it’s going to be hard to swallow for everybody.
Obviously it’s just a rumor, but it’s a BAD rumor…. So we are just crossing our fingers it’s not real and that the Trilogy is coming someday.
@Tandy255 NLife can only lift so many articles from VGC.
I’m just…. I’m so ready. It’s coming at the perfect time of year too.
Not that I don’t want horror games too in October…. but I really cannot wait to be inside while it rains and I’m traversing the planet’s catacombs to a pumping and atmospheric sci-fi soundtrack.
“updates from the 'Adam' AI will have a similar mechanic to Fusion; in this case you'll need to visit a 'Network Station'.”
Of course wow I wonder why they’re just now slipping this detail passed us.
@SalvorHardin I loved Fusion's usage of the Adam AI to dole out tidbits of information which did a good job of keeping the tension high. In fact, it was what made Fusion much more suspenseful than Zero Mission. The Adam AI was comparable to Metroid Prime's scanner, giving you just enough information to unsettle you.
With that said, I actually wish Metroid Dread would adopt the scan visor from Metroid Prime to scan enemies and the environment.
@TheBigK It’s hard in the beginning but keep at it! I was just like you, I didn’t like it very much because I would constantly rely on the walkthrough to find out where to go. But the more you play it, the less you need the walkthrough, and the more you start to “understand” the game. When everything clicks the game feels SO satisfying. So I recommend you keep trying. For me it came right at the end of the game so you shouldn’t feel discouraged if you’re still feeling overwhelmed.
That being said, I’ll probably always need a walkthrough — I don’t view it as me giving up but more so getting direction on where to go, since at this point in my life I don’t have time to spend wandering aimlessly without fun in a game
So i just had a thought. This game is launching on October 8th right? So why would Nintendo dropping the Smash final reveal on the same day? Why pull focus from there next big release like this? What if the final character is being announced on the same day as Dreads release because its tied together as marketing for both! Ie the final Smash character is
With the dread amiibo acting as its smash Amiibo as well
The last Smash DLC character reveal is on October 5th, not October 8th.
Hmm 🤔 thought for sure it was the 8th well there goes my theory… but still i could see it
@Ulysses Metroid Fusion unsettled you? I guess I wasn’t that into it, I found it boring. The bits with Adam just made me want to get back to the gameplay. Hopefully dread isn’t so text heavy!
@fafonio If Nintendo only releases Prime 1 as a remaster, and not the Prime Trilogy, they could get crucified initially for the reveal. I don't believe the dislike will last as long as it did for Federation Force since Prime is considered one of the best Metroid games, but the reaction isn't something that Nintendo would want to have as Prime 4 is on the horizon. If they are not bringing the Prime Trilogy to Switch, don't bring any of the three to Switch as Prime Trilogy HD is the expectation. It has been the expectation since 2018 at least, and Nintendo is fully able to deny rumors and get out in front of stories. The Metroid Prime Trilogy HD rumor circus has been given a free run. I think all or none of the Trilogy are a lot more likely than just one.
Would be nice if they would release Fusion alongside it.
@TheBigK it can be very frustrating. A lot of people recommend Fusion over Super for this reason: it's practically linear in comparison. I used a guide or forums several times to finish Super Metroid. Save states were also extraordinarily helpful (Wii U). One thing I know for a fact, when you find the quicksand, just open a guide.
@fafonio Apparently, it's largely due to MP3: Corruption ...as that heavily involved Wii's motion controls, so it would need more work than just a graphical and performance boost.
Nintendo probably also wants Prime to release before Prime 4, for marketing purposes and with so much work needed for Corruption, it would probably affect their release schedule.
That said, they will probably take advantage of Prime Remastered to test the waters; if it sells well, they will probably proceed with remastering Echoes and possibly Corruption then repackage and sell them as a Trilogy Remastered.
Dread sucks! Hate the melee counter! Hate that you can't use the d-pad to move!
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