Metroid: Samus Returns Could Be the Metroid: Zero Mission Follow-Up I've Always Wanted

Metroid: Samus Returns Could Be the Metroid: Zero Mission Follow-Up I've Always Wanted

Metroid: Zero Mission introduced me to sidescrolling Metroid games, and while that form of Samus Aran’s adventures has remained as frozen as a Chozo statue ever since, I’ve long wanted to see the franchise’s older iteration be given the same treatment. Zero Mission remains one of my favorite platforming experiences more than a decade later, having made something old feel fresh and as vital as when it first debuted.

Thankfully, playing through the demo of Metroid: Samus Returns, which IGN first went hands-on with at E3, has me hopeful it could be the Zero Mission sequel I’ve wanted all this time. Though I’m wary some changes could rob the full experience of the franchise’s magic, many of the additions felt like smart ways of modernizing the original game without completely altering the adventure players remember.

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Metroid: Samus Returns Could Be the Metroid: Zero Mission Follow-Up I've Always Wanted