In a year when most of the big press conferences at E3 2017 were jammed packed with games, particularly the Sony and Microsoft presentations, it might surprise you that there are a huge number of games being showcased at the convention (and even announced for the first time) that didn’t make it on stage. It’s a great reminder that the press conferences aren’t the end of E3 and of the importance of the show floor, especially for people watching from home who don’t get to experience these games live. Even with the conferences getting longer and and putting more focus on the games themselves, a lot of great titles end up on the cutting room floor. I’ve rounded up some of the best of the rest to help give these standouts their due. 

Metroid: Samus Returns 

Platform(s): 3DS
Release date: September 15, 2017

Almost immediately after the Nintendo Showcase, this surprising exclusion was announced: a proper 2D Metroid game for the 3DS. Billed as a “reimagining” of Metroid 2: Return of Samus, the new title seems to have everything fans crave from a side-scrolling Metroid – a classic map that’s revealed as you explore it, weapon and item upgrade pickups, and snappy shooting. It’s an interesting move in the wake of the extremely well-received fan reboot of Metroid II, AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake), but Samus Returns includes a number of features not found in the original, like full 360-degree aiming and map pins to mark locations to return to later. It’s primarily being developed by MercurySteam, makers of the Castlevania: Lords of Shadows series, but it’s still got that Nintendo level of polish and attention to detail on which that company’s reputation was built.


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