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The sequel to Metroid Fusion, which was released nearly 19 years ago, rolls onto Nintendo Switch this Friday. Metroid Dread has been a fantastic surprise since its announcement at Nintendo’s E3 2021 Direct (and its showcases during Nintendo Treehouse Live). Nintendo has been consistently promoting Dread in a variety of trailers and Metroid Dread Reports, and even reprinting the Dark Samus and Ridley amiibo for the game’s release. Now, as we’re just a few days away from the game’s launch (and waiting for additional units of the Special Edition version of the game and the Samus and E.M.M.I amiibo 2-pack to appear), something else has dropped (er, lifted).

The embargo date for reviews is today, giving us even more glimpses of the title and read about various hands-on experiences with Dread. For those who are curious to see how Dread is ranking on 1 to 10 scales or custom review scoring scales (i.e.: 1 to 5, pass to you need to add this to your gaming library, etc.), here’s a roundup of various outlets.

Note: Outlets and their review scores are listed in alphabetical order.



Overall, the reviews for Metroid Dread are positive! It currently has a Metascore of 88 on Metacritic and chances are it’ll hold that position or even climb into the low 90s as more reviews are published this month. Keep in mind though that there’s more to a game than just a score and that Dread will resonate differently with everyone, especially if they’re a fan of the genre that Metroid is named after (Metroidvania) and a fan of the Metroid series/franchise. For newcomers, Metroid Dread may pose a more difficult challenge thanks to rogue AIs (E.M.M.I.) that patrol Planet ZDR, but where’s the fun if there isn’t a challenge?

Regardless, we’ll all be able to try MetroidDread for ourselves when the game launches this Friday, October 8th, only on Nintendo Switch.


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)