‘Metroid Dread’ Gets Thrilling New Gameplay Trailer

by Sage Ashford

Nintendo has released another new trailer for their upcoming Metroid title, Metroid Dread, this time focusing on her special abilities. Continuing the story of Samus Aran, Metroid Dread has Samus facing off against a Chozo, a member of a highly-advanced alien race generally known for their desire to bring peace to the galaxy. In this new trailer, Samus is seen facing a number of new threats on this new alien world, with a collection of new and old abilities that a Metroid Dread Report goes into detail on:

Flash Shift (Aeion Ability)

Samus can travel a set distance—forward or backward, while on the ground or in the air—in an instant. This can be done consecutively up to three times. Handy for exploration and combat alike.

Pulse Radar (Aeion Ability)

With this ability, Samus can emit special soundwaves to scan her immediate surroundings and pinpoint breakable blocks.

Grapple Beam

A rope-like beam that can connect to specific points. This lets Samus swing across gaps or manipulate parts of her environment, such as pulling on an obstacle. She can also fire it at blue magnetic surfaces, pull herself to the point of contact, and latch on.

Ice Missile

A missile that has a freezing effect. Samus can easily destroy frozen enemies with follow-up attacks. Some enemies can even be used as platforms.

Storm Missile

This lets Samus lock on to and fire multiple small missiles in succession. Set up to five targets at a time using Free Aim, then unleash it to fire three missiles at each target.

Cross Bomb

This powerful bomb explodes in four directions.

Speed Booster

After a running start, Samus will pick up the pace and run at great speed. She can then smash through certain obstacles and deal damage to enemies in her path.


This ability can only be used once Samus has reached her Speed Booster state. She can send herself soaring on a straight trajectory in the direction of her choosing. When soaring, she can blast through certain obstacles and deal great damage to enemies.

Screw Attack

During a spin jump, Samus surrounds herself with a powerful energy that can damage enemies and shatter certain obstacles she leaps into.

Metroid Dread launches on Nintendo Switch November 16th.

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