Play the first few areas of Metroid Dread for free with this demo!

Prepare to shoot some big bugs, while keeping clear of the E.M.M.I..

What you need to know

  • Metroid Dread is the fifth game in the mainline Metroid series.
  • The player follows the bounty hunter Samus Aran as she investigates the planet ZDR.
  • Nintendo released a free demo for the game on the Nintendo eShop.

Metroid Dread has received constant critical acclaim since its release alongside the Nintendo Switch OLED model. However, Metroid and other Metroidvania games may not be everyone's cup of tea, so those who are hesitant may want to play it safe instead of risking $60 on a game.

In celebration of Halloween, Nintendo released a free demo for the game. The demo is available for download as of today.

In Metroid Dread, players must don the suit of Samus Aran, a bounty hunter who eradicated the Metroids and their counterparts, the X Parasite. Or so she thought. Samus travels to the planet ZDR, where X activity has been detected. What will she find there? In this action platformer game, players must traverse through a large, complicated map, uncovering secrets and gaining new abilities that can help her breach rooms previously inaccessible. There's a constant threat of the E.M.M.I., too, a type of robot who seems to have it out for Samus. You'll need your wits to survive.

If you're interested in Metroid or any games in the Metroidvania genre, don't hesitate to download this demo from the Nintendo eShop.

Creepy vibes

Metroid Dread

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Explore the planet of ZDR and its eerie environments

The latest installment in the Metroid series, Metroid Dread, sees Samus Aran take on a new enemy, the E.M.M.I. Make your way through maze-like locales while never forgetting to keep your wits about you. You never know what's around the corner.

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