Bethesda & id Software Congratulate Nintendo On Metroid Dread’s Release With DOOM Artwork
Doom Slayer’s outfit has also been added to Smash
Earlier this week in the world of Nintendo Switch, Doom Slayer was announced as a Mii Fighter Costume for the all-star brawler Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Now, just days later, id Software and Bethesda have congratulated Nintendo and MercurySteam on the latest Switch exclusive, Metroid Dread. To celebrate, it’s recreated the latest Metroid box art with Doom Slayer on the front of it. Here’s a look:
While Metroid might not be accessible on the Xbox Series X|S (well, in most cases), DOOM and DOOM Eternal are – in fact, you can even play them via Xbox Game Pass. Some other series like Quake and Wolfenstein are also on this service.
As previously noted, id Software also acknowledged Doom Slayer’s costume with the following tweet:
How to counter an E.M.M.I. in Metroid Dread
what to do when E.M.M.I., near-invincible machines, corners you.
The odds are good that at some point in your first playthrough of Metroid Dread, you’ve accidentally been grabbed by the stalkers of the game, the E.M.M.I. These near-invincible machines cannot be harmed without acquiring an Omega Cannon upgrade, which is only (briefly) obtained from defeating bosses.
You may be wondering what to do if an E.M.M.I. corners you — and unfortunately, there’s only one option, which is the counter. Samus’ counter tool is fantastic against weaker enemies, but against the E.M.M.I., it can only buy you an escape from a game over, and even then, only if you time it right.
Metroid Dread: The Story So Far
It’s been nearly 19 years since the last proper 2D Metroid game was released (save for the 2017 remake of Metroid II on 3DS), and fans are eager to see the conclusion to the Metroid saga in the upcoming Metroid Dread. But, before we put a bow on this decades-long story, let’s journey back to the planet Zebes where Samus’ first adventure began. It’s worth noting that while the Metroid Prime subseries of games, spin-offs, and Other M do take place in the same universe, there has been hot debate around what is considered canon. So, for the sake of this video, the story we’re covering is centered around the four main 2D games: Metroid, Metroid II: Return of Samus, Super Metroid, and Metroid Fusion, which leads directly into Metroid Dread. With that in mind, here’s the story of the Metroid saga so far…
Metroid Dread – Trailer 2 – Nintendo Switch
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Video: Digital Foundry’s Technical Analysis Of Metroid Dread On Switch
Metroid Dread has finally landed on the Switch this week, and now the experts over at Digital Foundry have shared their own technical analysis of Samus’ new adventure.
So, how does it hold up? In docked mode, the game delivers a 1600×900 resolution, and in portable mode, it’s apparently just as stunning – running at a “native 720p” – likely to showcase the new OLED display.
In terms of the game’s performance, the target frame rate is 60fps, although sometimes there are some slowdowns possibly tied to “background streaming”. And cutscenes are capped at 30fps.
Apart from this, one notable inclusion worthy of mention in Metroid Dread is the addition of 5.1 surround sound – something that’s rarely heard on the Switch:
“With Metroid Dread, Mercury Steam not only showcases surround sound ‘done proper’ on the system, it’s also something of a masterclass in general for sound design and layout, giving us one of the most powerful aural experiences of the year.”
Digital Foundry signs off by saying this is easily the “best game” MercurySteam has ever worked on – breathing new life into the series.
Metroid Dread’s creator on life among the Metroidvanias
Yoshio Sokamoto discusses Samus, Dread and the big Switch question: TV or handheld?
The first new Metroid game in years (and the first new 2D Metroid in 19 years), Metroid Dread is the concluding chapter in a series of games extending back to the original Metroid in 1986. It’s now available alongside a new OLED-screened Switch, aiming to be Nintendo’s big holiday title in a year without any new Mario or Zelda games.
Producer Yoshio Sakamoto has been the guiding creative force for Metroid games since the beginning: Over a Zoom from Japan, I interviewed Sakamoto about Metroid, how the new game was conceived and its future.
what is Samus Aran ?
Samus Aran is an intergalactic bounty hunter and the main protagonist of the Metroid series.
The daughter of Rodney Aran and Virginia Aran, she lost her parents during a Space Pirate raid on her home of K-2L. Later, Samus was adopted by the mysterious Chozo and taken to Zebes, where she was infused with their DNA and raised to become a warrior.
Once she reached adulthood, Samus joined the Federation Police and served under the Commanding Officer Adam Malkovich.
Though she ultimately left to become a Bounty Hunter, she was nonetheless hired by the Galactic Federation on many occasions. Equipped with her cybernetic Power Suit, Samus has become famous for accomplishing missions previously thought impossible. Her most renowned achievements are the destruction of the Space Pirate base on Zebes, her role in ending the Galactic Phazon crisis, her extermination of the Metroid species, and her disobedience of orders at the Biologic Space Laboratories research station where she chose to destroy the deadly X Parasites rather than turn them over to the Galactic Federation.
Suit up as Samus in Metroid Dread, available now!
After a mysterious transmission draws bounty hunter Samus Aran to planet ZDR, she learns the remote planet has been overrun by vicious alien lifeforms and chilling mechanical menaces. Now, Samus must hunt or be hunted as she makes her way through a labyrinth of enemies and an inhuman threat stalking the depths of ZDR.
Join the intergalactic bounty hunter on her first new 2D Metroidadventure in 19 years.
While you don’t need to have played Metroid games in the past to enjoy this new one, you can learn a bit more about Samus by checking out the Metroid Dread Report.
Become the ultimate warrior
Samus will need a variety of tools and skills to navigate the dangerous world.
Standard abilities: Move through the world with freedom and momentum using Samus’ various abilities, like Free Aim, Melee Counter, and Slide.
Beam attacks: Upgrade Samus’ Arm Cannon to open new doors and clear obstacles.
Suit up: Critical suit upgrades help Samus survive harsh environments and safely reach new areas.
Discover a sprawling world
Planet ZDR is home to many secrets and dangers. Get a glimpse at some of the hazards standing between Samus and the surface.
The E.M.M.I. threat: The Extraplanetary Multiform Mobile Identifiers—or E.M.M.I.—are highly agile, large research robots. After somehow being corrupted, they now relentlessly chase and try to capture Samus.
Fierce wildlife: The planet’s native species can be deadly. Samus must stay on her toes to stay alive.
Ever Wonder What Metroid’s Samus Aran Would Look Like In Marvel vs. Capcom 2?
Or Zelda and Bayonetta, for that matter?
Metroid Dread is out today
you knew that of course – and that gives us the perfect excuse to showcase the amazing pixel artwork of a talented individual called Kercy.
Kercy has a real skill for turning 3D video game characters into lovely 2D pixel art sprites that wouldn’t look out of place in a Capcom fighter like Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and they’ve been working on a series of Samus Aran-related creations recently:
Metroid Dread will be releasing very soon so I decided to show my sprite variant of the original power suit 🥰
Metroid Fusion outfit, M. Prime and more variants available right now on patreon!
Samus Aran Nintendo Switch Toys to Life Products
Nintendo amiibo Metroid Dread – Samus and E.M.M.I. Figures (2 Pack Set)