Metroid Dread First Game To Take Advantage Of New Switch Model

Metroid Dread First Game To Take Advantage Of New Switch Model
Samus' powerful new E.M.M.I. enemies sometimes require her to flee rather than fight. (Image: Nintendo)

Metroid Dread launches the same day as the new Nintendo Switch model, and though the game is not a Switch-OLED exclusive, Nintendo hopes its fancy enhancements will drive players to the new console.

Metroid Dread comes out October 8, as will the Switch (OLED model) — yes, that’s the official name.

Metroid Dread, which was announced at Nintendo’s E3 2021 Direct, is the first new 2D Metroid in almost 20 years. It’s a sidescroller in the Metroid universe separate from the Metroid Prime 4 game that Nintendo promised fans years ago. This game is instead a sequel to Metroid Fusion.

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In a twopart, 40-minute demo of Metroid Dread, Nintendo Treehouse showed off some of the core gameplay features including the new robotic baddie E.M.M.I. Most notably, producer Yoshio Sakamoto said that the idea for the game has been around for about 15 years but wasn’t possible due to technological restraints. Now, he says, the final product has surpassed the original idea. Seems like a natural fit for the OLED model.

In Dread, E.M.M.I enemies require more power than Samus has to defeat, meaning she’ll have to evade her pursuers until she can find offensive upgrades that can bring E.M.M.I.s down.

In addition to the upgrades that the base Switch provides, a larger screen and better audio quality might make Dread’s portable experience more visceral. The new Switch model also offers 64 GB of internal storage, enhanced audio, and an upgraded kickstand, and a wired LAN port.


  • As someone who will definitely be playing Metroid on the biggest screen possible, it’s a moot point for me. ????‍♂️

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