One of the biggest reveals of Nintendo’s E3 direct was Metroid Dread, the first 2D Metroid in nearly 20 years. It’s no Metroid Prime 4, but it should tide you over until we hear more about the title, and you can pre-order Metroid Dread now from the links below.
Metroid Dread Standard and Special edition pre-orders
Metroid Dread is the five mainline entry in the 2D Metroid games and will be released on the Nintendo Switch on October 8, 2021. It’s developed by Mercury Steam, the same studio responsible for Metroid: Samus Returns on the 3DS.
We learned a lot about Metroid Dread during its initial reveal, as well as the extended gameplay footage shown at Nintendo’s Treehouse presentation. It’s a direct sequel to the Gameboy Advance title, Metroid Fusion, which was released in 2002, so should clear up some of the story gaps in the main timeline.
While this is still a side-scrolling shooter with all the action you’d expect from a 2D Metroid, the addition of a new enemy named E.M.M.I, marks a significant change to how you’ll traverse the map.
The enemy is essentially a robot stalker that relentlessly pursues you in certain areas. Get caught by E.M.M.I. and you’ll be instantly killed and sent back to the nearest spawn.
If you’re excited about Metroid Dread, you might want to give careful consideration to what version of the game you’re gonna grab. As well as a standard edition, there’s a special collector’s edition of Metroid Dread, which is a must-have for any die-hard Metroid fan.
Pre-orders for the last Metroid collector’s edition (Samus Returns) sold out quickly, so we’d recommend pre-ordering now to guarantee your copy.
Pre-order Metroid Dread Standard Edition in the US
Pre-order Metroid Dread Special Edition in the US
Pre-order Metroid Dread Standard Edition in the UK
Pre-order Metroid Dread Special Edition in the UK
Where to pre-order Metroid Dread Samus and E.M.M.I Amiibo
A dual amiibo bundle containing Samus and the robot E.M.M.I was also announced during the Nintendo Direct. Again, if you really want these we’d recommend pre-ordering them now before they sell out or scalpers get hold of them.
Check out our pre-order page for more info on where to pre-order the Metroid Dread amiibo.
There are plenty of other great titles coming out within the next year too, and you can check out our pre-order guides for The Elden Ring, Far Cry 6 and Battlefield 2042 if you want to learn more about their pre-order bonuses and grab them at the best price.
While we’re on the topic of grabbing things at the best possible price, you’ll probably want to check out our list of the best Prime Day gaming deals ahead of this year’s Amazon Prime Day sale on June 21–22. If you haven’t managed to pick up a PS5 yet, there’s hope yet… Make sure you follow us on Twitter too as we’ll be posting regular updates and highlights throughout the week.