Metroid Dread
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Metroid Dread

Escape a deadly alien world plagued by a mechanical menace.

Violence, Science fiction themes
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An updated version of the free demo of Metroid Dread is now available. Descend into the depths of planet ZDR in either Normal or Rookie Mode and get a taste of Samus Aran's latest mission, culminating in a battle against the huge beast Corpius!

You can download it from Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch console, or just press the 'Download demo' button below to get started!

New difficulty modes have arrived in a free update, available now!

The hunter becomes the hunted...

On a remote alien planet, a mechanical menace awaits that will push even the galaxy's greatest bounty hunter to her limit. Join Samus Aran on her deadliest 2D adventure yet in Metroid Dread on Nintendo Switch.

A feeling of imminent dread

The long road ahead

To complete Samus' mission, navigate your way through the depths of a sprawling planet full of unique environments, perilous danger and mysterious secrets. Use new and familiar abilities to traverse these labyrinths, consult the map to find your way and dispatch hostile enemies in your path using powerful weapons.


As you freely explore the planet, you'll encounter locked doors, ledges out of reach and areas too hazardous for Samus to safely venture into. By acquiring power-ups and upgrades, you'll not only overcome these obstacles, but also discover new paths and shortcuts through the environment.

Between revisiting regions to explore previously-inaccessible areas and fighting the many larger monsters ZDR is home to, getting off the planet won't be easy. Especially since the missing E.M.M.I. are far more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined…

Armed and dangerous

Samus always has her trusty Arm Cannon to hand but as she explores planet ZDR, she'll discover additional weapons and abilities that'll help her uncover the truth about her mission.

The threat of the E.M.M.I.

Tireless, relentless, merciless. Corrupted by unknown forces and no longer controlled by the Federation, the E.M.M.I. robots that stalk the depths of planet ZDR have only one goal: eliminate Samus Aran.


Lurking within designated E.M.M.I. Zones around the planet, these deadly machines are always on the hunt. Explore areas where E.M.M.I. are active carefully to avoid detection - if you're spotted, the chances of survival are slim so get ready to run!

Samus' speed, agility and new Phantom Cloak can keep her one step ahead of the E.M.M.I., but it'll take something more powerful to stop them for good.


Deep within each E.M.M.I. Zone lies the means to temporarily enable the Omega Cannon - the only weapon capable of destroying an E.M.M.I. robot. Keep a steady hand and a steadier nerve while using it though or you'll never live to fight another day...


Tailor your Metroid Dread experience

Take on the mission your way with additional difficulty modes*! On top of the Normal and unlockable Hard difficulty modes, you can challenge yourself with Dread Mode** where just a single hit means the end of the road for Samus. Alternatively, ease yourself into the exploration of planet ZDR with Rookie Mode, where several adjustments have been made, including reduced damage from bosses and recovery items providing more Energy and Missile ammo than usual.


A further update adding a new Boss Rush mode - where you can face the toughest battles on planet ZDR in quick succession - is available now!

Compatible with amiibo

New amiibo featuring Samus Aran in her Power Suit from Metroid Dread and an E.M.M.I. robot (available as a two-pack, sold separately) can be used in-game for the following effects:


  • You can tap the Samus amiibo to unlock a bonus permanent Energy Tank, and also use it to recover Energy once per day.
  • You can tap the E.M.M.I. amiibo to unlock a bonus permanent Missile+ Tank, and also use it to recharge Missile ammo once per day.


Useful intel from the Metroid universe

Packed with information about Samus' latest mission and featuring insight from the development team, the Metroid Dread Reports are your deep dive into the Metroid saga!


The Metroid Dread Reports

Looking for a deeper understanding of Metroid Dread, the Metroid series and the galaxy's greatest bounty hunter, Samus Aran? Then check out the Metroid Dread Reports to prepare for your mission!


Metroid Dread Report Vol.01

A closer look at the reveal trailer

Examining the concept of Metroid Dread, new abilities for Samus, her mission and more.


Metroid Dread Report Vol.02

Researching the E.M.M.I.

Taking a closer look at the most dangerous threat to Samus Aran yet.


Metroid Dread Report Vol.03

Seven points that define the 2D saga

If you're new to the series or simply haven't played it in a while, here are seven key points that make a Metroid game what it is...


Metroid Dread Report Vol.04

Unravelling a saga 35 years in the making

A deep dive into the legacy of the series and the stories of the games that came before Metroid Dread.


Metroid Dread Report Vol.05

The powers of Samus Aran

Examining the galaxy's most powerful bounty hunter and variety of skills she has at her disposal.


Metroid Dread Report Vol.06

A deep dive into the latest trailer

Picking apart the finer details of the newest look at Metroid Dread.


Metroid Dread Report Vol.07

Secrets of the Chozo

Examining the mysterious species that will forever be associated with Samus Aran and the Metroid series.


Metroid Dread Report Vol. 8

Surveying Planet ZDR

Taking a guided tour around the mysterious and dangerous world where Metroid Dread is set.


Metroid Dread Report Vol. 9

Handy tips for newcomers

Brush up on your bounty hunter skills with this useful advice for the opening hours of the mission!


Metroid Dread Report Vol. 10:

To those departing for ZDR

Some final thoughts ahead of the launch of Metroid Dread


Metroid Dread Report Vol. 11

Power through with these pointers for exploration and combat

Check out these expert tips and tricks to improve your skills on planet ZDR



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Game specifications

Release date8/10/2021
No. of players1 player
Game file size4.28GB
Supported languagesJapanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Dutch, Russian, Chinese (Simplified), Spanish, French, Chinese (Traditional), English

Supported play modes

TV mode
Tabletop mode
Handheld mode

Software compatibility and play experience may differ on Nintendo Switch Lite. Additional accessories may be required (sold separately). See support for details.

This game supports the following features:


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