On September 15 Nintendo will release the official remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus, under the new name Metroid: Samus Returns. It will be released on the 3DS while the original was on the Gameboy. Fun fact: the team that developed Metroid 2 also later developed the Gameboy Color and they built in a specific customized color scheme just for Metroid 2 in the machine so it gets a fairly decent look when played on the GBC compared to other original Gameboy games.
A while ago I played through the absolutely brilliant fan made remake of the game, called Another Metroid 2 Remake (or AM2R for short) and I loved it. I have started playing the original Gameboy game a couple of times over the years, Metroid being my favorite game franchise and all, but I've never played it all the way through, until today that is. Just finished it a couple of hours ago. I played it on my Retron5 (which has the GBC color scheme built in as well) using an NES controller, and here are my thoughts on it.
The game has quite a clunky feel due to the oversized sprites and the low resolution. It's still a fun experience and has actually got a bit of the Metroid vibe and feel that you find in the first Metroid and in Super Metroid but I would say it suffers quite a lot from being on such limited hardware. The level design is a bit more linear than in the other two games mentioned and it makes it a bit less "Metroid" in my book.
The save function is a great upgrade from the NES game (though the Famicom Disk System version had a save function) and it's convenient to be able to shoot downwards. But despite this I still don't agree with those who claim it's a huge improvement from the NES game. I still think the mood, level design and the feel of the gameplay is far better in the first game.
Towards the end of Metroid 2 Samus travels through large areas that are completely empty and without any enemies. That felt odd and I didn't really see the point of it. Anyhow, I'm glad I've finally played through it and I'm excited to see what the new remake will look like 🎮 #bowersgotgame #metroid2returnofsamus #metroid2 #metroid #samusaran #nintendo #gameboy #gameboycolor #gbc #retron5 #retrogaming