Metroid: Samus Returns is getting a Special Edition, which will be available worldwide. However, not all special editions are created equal. The European version will include a bunch of stuff, including a pin, keychain, artbook and steelbook case in the shape of a Game Boy cartridge. Everywhere else, it comes with the soundtrack and nothing more.
During this year’s E3, Nintendo had a lot of awesome announcements to make. Among them was the new Metroid game for the 3DS, called Metroid: Samus Returns. The game will also come in a Special Edition. However, as Polygon reports, it seems there will be two versions of it: one for Europe and one for all other regions. And it’s pretty clear which version is the superior one.
Those that pick up the European Special Edition, will get everything you can see in the picture above: the game itself, a steelbook case in the shape of the Metroid 2 Game Boy cartridge, an artbook, the soundtrack, a pin, keychain, and even a download code for Metroid 2. Meanwhile, everywhere else, the Special Edition includes… the soundtrack. That’s your lot. One of these is not like the others, Nintendo.
This is another in a series of Nintendo’s truly baffling business moves. There’s absolutely no reason for this disparity. Metroid has never been this super-popular game in Europe, so it’s anybody’s guess why Nintendo decided to boost the European version this way. Not to mention the fact that they’ve been treating Metroid like an afterthought lately. If we’re being honest, Nintendo should probably make this package available worldwide, not just in Europe.
The bottom line is, if you’re getting the Special Edition of Samus Returns, you’d better get your hands on the European version. Metroid: Samus Returns launches on September 15th. It will be a Nintendo 3DS exclusive.