Nintendo revealed Metroid Dread during its E3 event. The new title is a side-scrolling platformer starring Samus Aran, and will launch on Nintendo Switch in October. 8, 2021.
At the beginning of the reveal, the game was referred to as Metroid 5, making it the first new entry in the 2D Metroid series in 19 years. We see Samus, dressed in a new suit, taking on a white robot of some sort. Nintendo referred to him in a tweet as “the ominous EMMI.” The trailer featured scenes and gameplay.
Metroid Dread was a game that was originally supposed to be in development for the Nintendo DS, having been announced in 2005. Very few details about the game were revealed, except that it was supposed to follow the events of Metroid Fusion. It is presumed to have been canceled when the rumored 2006 release window was lost. Whether or not this game is the same as the canceled project, using this name is a massive shout out for a dark piece of Nintendo trivia.
Before the trailer was shown, Nintendo executive Shinya Takahashi said that while developers were working on the previously announced Metroid Prime 4, he had nothing else to show at this time. Nintendo also revealed that it was releasing amiibo of Samus in her new costume and EMMI along with the game itself on October 8.