The New Metroid Game Could Spark a Revival of 2D Metroid Titles

If you are a fan of the classic Metroid games you will soon be able to get your hands on the latest game in the franchise: Metroid: Samus Returns. This is the latest story charting the growing interest in classic upright and cocktail arcade table games as well as classic game franchises and consoles.

Metroid: Samus Returns is a 2D game that harks back to the first versions of the series from the mid-1980s and early 1990s. This begs the question: could we see more 2D versions of Metroid in the future?

Of course, fans of Metroid hope this will be the case. As Metroid is one of the most successful Nintendo franchises, that amounts to a lot of fans. Can we expect more 2D versions of the game, though?

According to the co-creator of Metroid, Yoshio Sakamoto, that depends on the success of Metroid: Samus Returns. Sakamoto said creating this latest version was a similar experience to creating the first Metroid game in 1986, adding he would love to continue the journey. Gamers young and old will have to buy Metroid: Samus Returns to make that happen, though.

Breaking New Ground

The original Metroid game was revolutionary in many ways. For example, it was the first ever game to have a female as a main character, although it was not easy to unlock this character. The most revolutionary aspect of the original Metroid game, however, was the non-linear gameplay. Playing it involved searching for power ups and exploring the world.

As a result, players encountered multiple endings. Many subsequent games, including some that are still popular today, followed Metroid's lead.

Metroid: Samus Returns goes back to these roots as a reimagining of the second game in the franchise, Metroid 2: Return of Samus. It was released in 1991.

Metroid: Samus Returns is an action and adventure game where you decide which direction to go, battling countless enemies along the way. You will need a 3DS if you want to play it, though. The release date is September 15th.

Don't worry if the 3DS screen is too small for your liking, though, or if you struggle to wrestle the 3DS away from your children. You have lots of other options for playing your favorite 1980s games – and not just console games either. A classic arcade machine is also a great option.