It’s finally here. After multiple cancelled attempts over the years, Metroid Dread is finally here. Nintendo’s collaboration with Spanish developer Mercury Steam pays off beautifully for Switch – this is the first entirely new side-scrolling series entry since 2002’s Metroid Fusion and this is a true return to form for the franchise, breathing new life into the ageing Switch hardware thanks to a pristine presentation. Not only that, but the style of its aesthetic also makes it a brilliant showcase for the new Switch OLED model too.
By this point, the history of side-scrolling Metroid games has been told time and time again – but what makes this entry interesting is the way in which it was developed. Like Metroid Prime, Dread represents a fusion of eastern and western influences to create something that feels supremely polished: Nintendo brings its incredible production values to the party, while Mercury Steam’s signature technical excellence shines through. Together, it’s a brilliant match and a much better result than the prior collaboration between the two parties – the patchy Metroid: Samus Returns for Nintendo 3DS.