Leaked Metroid Dread footage is probably all you're getting for 35th anniversary

Update:

Nintendo has now officially shared the footage via Twitter, although only on the Japanese account. It accompanies an update to the Japanese Metroid Dread website, which covers the history and story of the mainline Metroid games.

A caption also mentions Samus feeling despair in the footage, although exactly what triggered this and what effect it will have on her remains a mystery.

For the UK, European, and American accounts, Nintendo has only posted a clip of the first Metroid game’s title screen, so that Dread footage is probably all we’re going to get today.

Original story:

It doesn’t feature any gameplay, but a short Metroid Dread teaser from Nintendo contains some vague teases for the game’s plot.

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the Metroid series and it looks as if Nintendo has just as many plans for it as it did for Donkey Kong’s 40th anniversary, which is to say none.

At least, that’s what it seemed at first. While it’s nothing major, it appears Nintendo accidentally uploaded a new teaser video for Metroid Dread, the next major entry in the series coming out later this year.

The footage has since been removed from Twitter, but it can still be viewed as an unlisted video on YouTube. It doesn’t contain any new gameplay, but it does appear to offer some vague hints at Dread’s story.

Curiously, Samus isn’t wearing the blue and white armour she’s sported in all the footage and promotional material so far. Instead, it more closely resembles her traditional orange armour. Our best guess is that these scenes are from the start of the game, and she’ll obtain the blue armour sometime later.

The lack of any dialogue makes it difficult to tell what is going on, but it seems Dread will feature a strong focus on the Chozo, the alien race that adopted and raised Samus.

Samus comes across some architecture depicting the Chozo, before possibly experiencing some visions depicting scenes from the Chozo’s history, including what may be some sort of civil war.

We also get a proper look at a Chozo character who will show up later in Dread. This marks the first time a Chozo has appeared in the flesh in the whole series. This same character was first seen in Metroid: Samus Returns (the 3DS remake of Metroid 2) but only in unlockable flashbacks.

While it hasn’t been outright confirmed, those flashbacks seemed to imply that this Chozo character was responsible for the downfall of their race’s civilisation. It’s because of this that some fans believe they will act as a major antagonist in Dread.

It’s currently unknown if Nintendo has any further plans or announcements today, but given the company’s track record, that seems unlikely (not least because the day is almost already over in Japan).

It has been rumoured that Nintendo has major plans to celebrate the DK franchise, including an entirely new game that may even be out this year. But Nintendo never even acknowledged the milestone, despite it also being the 40th anniversary of Mario.

While it would be nice to see a proper celebration from Nintendo, Metroid fans can at least rest easy knowing the future of the series is looking pretty bright. Aside from Dread, Metroid Prime 4 is still in development, although there haven’t been any major updates since Retro Studios restarted the project in 2019.

Metroid Dread releases for Nintendo Switch on October 8.

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