Percentile Rank

Metroid: Samus Returns is ranked in the 97th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 88 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

87

Top Critic Average

89%

Critics Recommend

Based on 88 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Sep 12, 2017

Metroid returns with an enjoyable if underwhelming remake of a famously divisive game.

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GameXplain
Loved
GameXplain

Top Critic

Loved
Sep 12, 2017
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VG247
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 12, 2017

Metroid 2 is a personal favourite of mine, and this remake does it justice and some.

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Nintendojo
A or higher
A or higher
Sep 25, 2017

Another era of Metroid is beginning.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 3, 2017

A solidly-constructed and engaging action-adventure game with a terrific set of boss battles and a huge world filled with secret chambers, ferocious monsters, and a hint of things to come for gaming's most celebrated bounty hunter.

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Scored Reviews

Continue-Magazin
10 / 10
10 / 10
Sep 17, 2017

This game is a love letter to Samus Aran. One of the best 2.5D platformers I've ever played. Great visuals, great soundtrack and great new ideas to not only capture the mood of the GameBoy original but improve the whole experience.

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Nintendo Life
10 / 10
10 / 10
Sep 12, 2017

Don't be fooled by the connection to Metroid II: this game has been revamped, redesigned and rejuvenated to such an extreme degree that to all intents and purposes it's a brand new adventure. This is far and away one of the best Metroid games ever made, and one of the best examples of the entire Metroidvania genre as a result. Melee counters and free aiming have made combat feel fresh and exciting again, while the environments are incredible – especially when viewed in auto-stereoscopic 3D. It's a given that this is a must-buy for Metroid fans, but it's also essential for those who've never played a 2D Metroid and want to see what the fuss is all about. This is what the fuss is all about, and the wait was so, so worth it.

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GamingTrend
100 / 100
100 / 100
Sep 12, 2017

If this sounds like a bit of a love letter, it is still underselling just how fantastic Samus Returns has turned out. Stunning animations, a fantastic soundtrack, and awesome cinematic moments come together to remind us of the amazing roots of this series, while updating it for a fresh audience. Metroid: Samus Returns is one of the best Nintendo 3DS games of all time, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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USgamer
Sep 12, 2017

I was delighted by Metroid: Samus Returns. It hits pretty much every note you hope to see in a Metroid game, and MercurySteam's console background is evident in their flair for the dramatic— whether in their introductory cutscenes or their boss battles. Their dramatic reinvention reinvigorates the source material and strengthens the story's bridge to Super Metroid. In short: They nailed it.

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Gert Lush Gaming
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

If this is the last great 3DS release then what a way to go out!

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Game Informer
9.8 / 10.0
9.8 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

A steady drip of upgrades and collectibles ensures that exploring the alien-infested planet of SR388 won't grow tiring anytime soon

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Gaming Nexus
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2017

MercurySteam have pulled Samus from the jaws of death and delivered one of the best games in the series. Samus Returns perfects and reimagines the gameplay of 2D Metroid games and delivers one of the best titles on the 3DS. Every self-respecting Nintendo fan should own Metroid: Samus Returns.

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NintendoWorldReport
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

After beating Metroid: Samus Returns, my skepticism washed away, mostly thanks to the fact that this 3DS game pays a loving homage to the greatness of past entries while adding enough new elements to feel like a fresh and wonderful modern experience. With their powers combined, Nintendo and MercurySteam basically struck gold with this game. Samus Returns is a dynamite entry in the fabled series and deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Metroid: Zero Mission and Super Metroid. If you've been waiting for a new 2D Metroid game from Nintendo for more than a decade, you owe it to yourself to play this game.

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Hobby Consolas
93 / 100
93 / 100
Sep 12, 2017

Samus returns with an adventure that it's an example of how all remakes should be, respecting the original game, honoring the classics and adding a pinch from the latest games. Samus Returns is not only a great Metroid game: is also one of the best titles for the Nintendo 3DS.

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Nexus
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2017

It is a return to form for the series, and it’s great to see another official 2D Metroid title come out from Nintendo after more than a decade.

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Goomba Stomp
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2017

When it comes to technical wizardry and sheer visual spectacle, Metroid: Samus Returns unequivocally delivers.

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Digital Chumps
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2017

Simply put, Metroid: Samus Returns is an excellent game. It honors the past and adds a lot of great new gameplay elements. The Metroid series strives in 2D, and Samus Returns is another clear demonstration of exactly that.

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Atomix
92 / 100
92 / 100
Sep 12, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is a fantastic remake from one of the most unnoticed games from the series. It combines a really well known formula and complements it with some new gameplay mechanics, functional controls, gorgeous visuals, and many more surprises that make it feel as a familiar yet fresh experience. It is a must have game from any fan of the brave Samus Aran.

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GBAtemp
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is one of the best games on the 3DS and it is def more than just a remake. A return to classic Metroid, it is a must play if you have own a 3DS.

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COGconnected
91 / 100
91 / 100
Sep 13, 2017

It takes nearly everything about its predecessors that made them great and introduces new elements that make gameplay feel fresh and exciting.

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ani-game.com
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is a brilliant return to form after a couple of less than stellar entries in the series in past years. It stays true to what made Metroid great in the first place and by taking an existing title, bringing it up to modern standards and adding new mechanics, MercurySteam have truly delivered an amazing game that presents a great blend between fun exploration and challenging combat. Samus Returns is a game that any Metroid fan will appreciate and can easily be enjoyed by newcomers to the series as well.

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Gaming Gamma
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

Overall, this glorious return of Samus Aran is a must own for Metroid Fans. While there is a mild issue with the controls, once players adjust it’ll feel natural. The difficulty may not be newcomer friendly, but the game offers enough tools to help the player make it through the journey.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
Adam Riley

Top Critic

9 / 10
Sep 12, 2017

This is right up there with Super Metroid in terms of sheer class, taking the spirit of Metroid II: Return of Samus and transforming it so wondrously for the modern day that it is barely recognisable, with a plethora of brand-new extras thrown in. Metroid: Samus Returns is no mere remake of a Game Boy classic; it is a love letter to the Metroid series, and a thorough reimagining of the core concept, adding in some favourite elements from later releases, and new content that fits hand in glove. Lay any concerns down, as this is top notch entertainment through and through.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 12, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is a return to form and an exciting evolution of the series' beloved formula.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 12, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns shows why 2D Metroid is still top-tier. It's far from the perfection that Super Metroid had, but this takes my least liked 2D Metroid game and reimagines it so completely that it almost beats the remake of the original Metroid in my estimations. If someone at Nintendo can add the ability to switch control schemes, it would make a huge difference. This is the return we've been waiting for, though I want Nintendo to develop the “Next Mission” in 2D for the Switch themselves.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

9 / 10
Sep 12, 2017

A superb remake of Metroid II and the best 2D entry since Super Metroid, that doesn't compromise at all in terms of challenge, complexity, or atmosphere.

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EGM
9 / 10.0
Evan Slead

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

While Metroid: Samus Returns is technically a remake of a 90's GameBoy game, it's truly a rallying cry for Metroid fans to gather and enjoy how fantastic Samus' journeys can be. Despite a few hiccups, the fresh combat mechanics, addicting exploration, and wonderful cinematic tone make this one of the best Metroid games ever made.

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GamesBeat
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 12, 2017

Samus Returns has an appropriate name. It really does feel like a homecoming for a franchise that I love. It's great to be playing a new 2D Metroid. But it doesn't just work off of nostalgia. Samus Returns's new ideas actually add improvements to the classic Metroid gameplay. It might have come a little later than I liked, but Nintendo proved that they can still make this franchise exciting again.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns isn't just a simple reimagining that improves on the original game's limitations and notable issues. It's a phenomenal blueprint of the 2D Metroid formula that captures the series' best elements while adding in gameplay refinements and mechanics that feel just right. Some repetition lingers, but that's hardly enough to hold the game back from returning Metroid to the top tier of platforming.

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Paste Magazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

If you played Metroid on the NES, Super Metroid in the early '90s, or any of the other two-dimensional Metroid games made for Nintendo's handhelds over the years, Samus Returns will be an instant jolt of history, an immediately recognizable old friend that might have picked up a few new tics and traits but is still largely the comforting presence you've known for decades.

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DarkZero
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 12, 2017

Simply put – Samus Returns is the new benchmark against which all other games of this genre will be measured against.

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M3
9 / 10
M3

Top Critic

9 / 10
Sep 12, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is a must have for fans of the series. It has some really cleaver mechanics, together with a atmospheric world. It might not be best in the franchise, but close enought to make us forget both Other M and Federation Force.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2017

It's not perfect, but Metroid: Samus Returns is a resounding return to form for the series and a must-play for all 3DS owners.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is a triumphant return to form for the franchise, and its greatest victory is that it makes it feel as though Samus never left to begin with.

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Saudi Gamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 26, 2017

After a 13 years with no 2D Metroid, Mercury Steam mastered the Metroid design and refined it. Now i can stop thinking about what can this team do with a new 2D Metroid.

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Polygon
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

To call Metroid: Samus Returns a remake feels unfair. Remakes are old games with new coats of paint: an upgrade in resolution here, reworked artwork there. Samus Returns is far more than that. It's a top-to-bottom reimagining, bringing the bones of a game that's over 25 years old into the modern era with fantastic results.

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Easy Allies
Sep 12, 2017
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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2017

Samus' triumphant return deserves a place on your shelf.

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PowerUp!
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is the best 3DS game this year, hands-down. It’s the best Metroid game in almost a decade and it’s definitely the best way to spend your commute of a morning or evening.

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Game Rant
Sep 12, 2017

Nintendo reimagines the Game Boy classic Metroid 2: Return of Samus for a new generation of handhelds, maintaining the series' challenge while giving it some much-needed polish.

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Super Deformed Gamescast
Sep 25, 2017

The Metroid franchise is my favorite Nintendo franchise, bar none. I’ve played and loved almost every single entry, except for Federation Force and Other M. I had high hopes for Samus Returns, and MercurySteam managed to exceed almost every one. Samus has indeed returned, and I look forward to seeing what other adventures are in store for her.

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Press Start
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 12, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is an outstanding reinvention of Metroid 2 and a great game in its own right. After all these years and missteps, Samus is back.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Sep 12, 2017

Samus Returns could very well be one of the last big 3DS titles, but with games like this, I'm just not ready to let go of my 3DS just yet.

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The Loot Gaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

13 years have passed since the last Metroid 2D, Metroid fusion is considered a masterpiece and this Samus Returns seem to be also. We are faced with an exceptional game that collects everything that makes this saga great and brings you the newest of the last generation. But for me, the most important thing is that it is a hope. Samus is back. The most despised saga of Nintendo has returned to reclaim its position to stay. A very bright future is coming. Now is time to wait for the Nintendo Switch Metroid Prime 4, the other great game announced at E3 in 2017!

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Nov 3, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is an amazing gift from Nintendo to loyal 3DS users. The reincarnation of the classic from Game Boy proved to be so interesting in its implementation that it is essentially a new game. A fresh look at the combat system and Samus abilities, new comfortable controls, beautiful world, interesting puzzles, exploration orientation and brutal bosses make Samus Returns one of the best projects in the rich 3DS game library.

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TrueGaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2017

This game tops past 2D Metroid games especially for improving the combat and accessibility. Nintendo and MercurySteam both delivered one of the best Metroidvania experiences ever. welcome back, Samus!

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NZGamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2017

The best way to play the Metroid game you never knew existed.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 19, 2017

Mercury Steam clearly knows what makes a Metroid game a Metroid game, and they've brought that back on the 3DS while adding in a little bit of variation of their own. It's been a long time since Samus got the spotlight, and boy is Samus Returns one heck of a way to come back.

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Nintendo Insider
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 11, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is a great remake of a game that quite frankly, needed an upgrade. MercurySteam has done a grand job at bringing a game that was made for a black and white 8-bit handheld, and completely recreate it from the ground up for a brand new generation to enjoy. If you are a fan of the 2D Metroid series then you know exactly what you’re getting. If you are new then it is a fantastic entry point to the series and it is more than worth a playthrough. It certainly isn’t the best Metroid game in my opinion, but it’s a fine one nonetheless. Samus has returned and it puts the series well and truly back on the map.

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GamePro
88 / 100
88 / 100
Sep 12, 2017

Great reinterpretation, which captures the charm of the Game Boy original, but is meaningfully modernized and enhanced with own ideas.

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Everyeye.it
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is more than a brilliant remake of a relatively obscure cult-classic: it's a very significant moment for the whole saga, one that actually marks the rebirth of a beloved heroine after a troubled time.

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Quillstreak
86%
86%
Dec 6, 2017

A polished and prettified remake of one of Metroid's less-acclaimed titles, Samus Returns spells the start of something beautiful for a series that's been left in the dark for too long.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2017

“Metroid: Samus Returns” is essentially a love letter sealed with a bright red and orange kiss mark for old-school fans of the series. Featuring excellent visuals that take full advantage of the 3DS’ three-dimensional effect, lots of Metroidvania-style exploration and arguably the best combat to grace a 2D Metroid game, calling this a remake honestly doesn’t do it enough justice. It’s a nice return to 2D form for Nintendo’s popular bounty hunter.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2017

Despite the flaws with its pacing, Metroid: Samus Returns feels like true classic reborn- with all the polish expected of a modern release and stands proudly among the other fantastic 2D entries to the series.

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IGN
8.5 / 10.0
IGN
Samuel-IGN

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

While it's been marketed as a remake of Metroid II: The Return of Samus for Game Boy, Metroid: Samus Returns is more of a much-needed reboot of the 2D Metroid games we know and love. It's a safe, modern take on Super Metroid, one of the greatest games of all time. Aside from some repetitive boss fights and hand-cramping controls, it's nearly everything I could ask for as a fan of old-school Metroids.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

A succesfull reimagining of an old classic that not only does what the original game did, but evolves its formula to show a more modern gameplay.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is a great return to form after the Federation Forces debacle and should make fans of the series happy with the final product. Aside from a few presentation hiccups and difficulty curve, the improved visuals and added content make for a solid entry in the Metroid universe. We have been waiting for Samus to return for a little while now, but the wait has been worth it.

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LevelUp
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is a faithful adaptation or the original game that takes into consideration more than 20 years of improvements in the genre. The result is a familiar combat and exploration experience with a degree of accessibility, filled with challenging situations that highlight the polish and quality of the 3DS controls.

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IGN Italy
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

Even if the exploration has been lightly dumbed down, Samus Returns is a great and engrossing game.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

An excellent reimagining of an age old title, it's great to see Samus back after such a long hiatus, please don't go away for so long again.

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GameCrate
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is a must-purchase for any long-time Metroid fan and a perfect example of the genre. It bodes well for Metroid's future and makes me excited for Samus's next big adventure.

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Player.One
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

Anyone looking for their Metroid fix should look no further than Samus Returns. It's a great example of why this franchise has been around for almost 30 years with amazing environments and awesome gameplay.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2017

Smart improvements and additions make this reimagining of a 25-year-old Game Boy adventure a real treat for modern fans

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Spaziogames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

A lot could have gone wrong with this remake of Metroid II, since Mercury Steam's last work didn't impress and the franchise was dormant for far too long. Luckily, Samus Returns is a very good metroidvania and an honorable episode of one of the dearest Nintendo franchises.

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is a solid remake that doesn't reinvent the wheel or eclipse the high points of the franchise but represents an enjoyable and well-made return to what makes Metroid work. It's low on story and high on exploration, and that's all it needs to be. The frustrating moments are few and far between, and the 3DS iteration eclipses the Game Boy original in pretty much every way. It's a Metroid title that shows why the old 2D classics were popular, and it succeeds wonderfully. With a ton of hints dropped throughout the game about a new Metroid game after Samus Returns, it should be interesting to see what Mercury Steam can do with an original game.

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Marooners' Rock
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2017

A lot of these more subtle elements were lost in Samus Returns, making the experience feel less weighted than that early Game Boy title. Aside from that though, Samus Returns is a must have on the 3DS, one that’s filled with challenge and truly epic moments.

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GameSkinny
Sep 15, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns provides a strong return for the series, but ultimately the source material the remake is based off of holds it back from being more than it is...

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TrustedReviews
Sep 12, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is a commendable re-imagining that has clearly been crafted with plenty of love and care by MercurySteam.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 29, 2017

While not allowing for the subterranean trek through SR388 to fully flourish in its own individual right, Metroid: Samus Returns is nonetheless a highly enjoyable remake of one of the series' more overlooked and forgotten entrants.

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Stevivor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

Samus Returns is my favourite 2D Metroid game since Super Metroid, and feels the best to play of any of them, but it's hard to evaluate on that front.

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Fintendo
Oct 19, 2017

"Bounty hunter returns to her day job."

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

Maybe the next 2D Metroid will take more chances, but Returns is far better than I expected it to be. The faux magic system, while shallow, adds some panache to the action, as do the combat animations that work within the confines of the engine.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 12, 2017

While this isn't Samus' greatest adventure, it is still a very good one.

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Optional Extra
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2017
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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is another wonderful 3DS game that gives owners yet another reason to pick up their 3DS consoles, even with the Switch's growing library. It looks great, plays great, and is as faithful to older Metroid games as you could ask for. All we can hope for now is that this is just the beginning of the 2D Metroid renaissance.

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IBTimes UK
Sep 12, 2017

MercurySteam takes no time at all proving it is the perfect fit for a series overdue a resurgence. Another studio may have recreated Metroid as it was, but the Castlevania veterans modernise the Nintendo franchise with new abilities, freer movement, quality animations and lush alien design brimming with mystery and the unknown.If this remake was a test to see if there's life yet in the franchise, it passes with flying colours, only let down by a lack of the memorable boss encounters the series is known for. Maybe in a sequel the MercurySteam team could address this. They've certainly earned the right to try.

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Tech Advisor
Sep 12, 2017

While difficult at the outset, like many handheld Metroid games before it, Samus Returns is an outstanding and completely engrossing game.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 12, 2017

Metroid : Samus Returns is a powerful remake of the old Game Boy classic. By taking so much freedom from the original, Mercury Steam delivers a solid version, which still suffers from the structure of it. Much more narrowed than other games in the series, Metroid : Samus Returns only becomes a real blast through its last sections, but still offers a good run for every fan of the genre.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2017

'Samus Returns' brings Metroid back from the dead, and it does so in style

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 12, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is a triumphant return to the 2D Metroid games, now taking the form of the series' renovated second game, which successfully adds new elements to the experience that feel just right and provides a marvelous audiovisual environment with a healthy lifespan. All this contributes to form an instant success and a very welcome addition to the Metroid saga.

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Video Chums
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

Complaints aside, there's no denying that Metroid: Samus Returns is an addictive and rewarding remake of a classic game.

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Dragnix
76 / 100
76 / 100
Oct 9, 2017
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Forbes
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2017

A great deal of effort clearly went into making this game work and bringing SR388 to life once again. However, as a Metroid game, it still falls short of earlier releases.

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Niche Gamer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is a fairly competent game completely neutered by the device it's locked to and lazy design choices.

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The Game Fanatics
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2017

If you desperately want to show your support with your wallet and want a return to classic gameplay, then Metroid: Samus Returns will give you just that. A pleasant easily digestible experience with enough style and visual gloss to keep you entertained. If you were expecting a more deliberately made installment for hardcore fans or a revolutionary retelling of one of the weaker Metroid experiences, you may want to lower your expectations.

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GameSpew
70%
70%
Sep 21, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns will satisfy most, but leaves too much to be desired to be considered a true leap forward.

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DualShockers
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2017

Metroid: Samus Returns is a remake that plays it close to the original, for both good and the bad. To its credit, the story (or lack thereof) is still a thrilling exercise of environmental storytelling and the puzzles are varied and interesting; however, the lack of boss variety, experimental stop-and-go gameplay, and dated visuals make this Metroid title more of a love letter for old-school fans, and potentially a chore to those more accustomed to contemporary genre norms.

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pressakey.com
Oct 19, 2017

Samus Returns is a welcome return of a long-missed friend, but euphoria about the comeback didn't last long once I actually started playing the game: Exploration is unrewarding and leads into dead ends more often than not and the repetitive Metroid boss fights almost feel like grinding. With its modernized combat and controls, some cool and fresh ideads like the counter and 360° aiming, Samus Returns is still a solid Metroidvania game - but it's not quite the return to form that I was hoping for.

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