Metroid: Samus Returns is the remake of Metroid II: The Return of Samus we needed. Fans have been clamoring for this remake so much that a few talented Metroid fans recently attempted a renegade reboot. The story of Metroid II is integral to the story of the series, leading directly to the events of Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion. Though it is fondly remembered by some, its simple black and white Game Boy graphics and sluggish action make it really tough to return to or appreciate today.
Like others, my initial reaction to the footage of Metroid: Samus Returns were met with a mixture of joy at the heroine’s return to 2D action and skepticism at the use of 3D polygons to upgrade the caverns of SR388. However, after playing Metroid: Samus Returns, I can assure fans that, though I miss the Super Nintendo-inspired pixel art of the most recent games (way back on Game Boy Advance), it looks great, and it plays as good — or better — than any other Metroid.