Metroid: Samus Returns' Special Edition Steelbook is a Giant Game Boy Cartridge 

By Matt Wales on at

Hey, remember when Nintendo announced that Metroid Prime 4 was a thing and everybody's head exploded in delight? And remember that time 30 minutes later when Nintendo announced that there'd also be a new Metroid on 3DS, and everybody's bum exploded too? Well, the latter game, AKA Metroid: Samus Returns, is getting a retro-inspired Special Edition, and it's as nifty as a bee in a cereal box.

The 3DS title is the first of the newly announced games to release, with Samus due to whip out her bulbous shoulder pads on September 15th. Arriving alongside the standard version is the so-called Legacy Edition, which takes ample inspiration from the fact that Metroid: Samus Returns is based on the classic Game Boy game Metroid II: Return of Samus. Why, here it is now!

The Legacy Edition features the usual tat - an excessively large box, a badge, an art book, and a Morph Ball key chain, which admittedly looks cool - but crucial to my excitement (and granted, I've had a lot of coffee, so there's every chance this is partly the caffeine talking) is that steelbook game case, carefully fashioned to resemble a giant Metroid II: Return of Samus Game Boy cartridge. Weeeeeee.

Also of note are the Legacy Edition's 25-track CD, featuring music from across the entire Metroid series, and a download code for the original Metroid II: Return of Samus. Now all we need is for the new game to be good, and we're laughing.

Sadly, I cannot seem to find the Legacy Edition listed on any of the internet shops yet (and I'm still waiting for someone to let me pre-order a squidgy Metroid amiibo), but Nintendo UK's website insists that it's a thing, so I'm assuming that news of its imminent arrival must be true.