Metroid Dread Update Includes New Difficulty Modes

Metroid Dread was an immediate hit, but now, it's getting even better with a free update filled with new modes and features!

Metroid Dread Update Includes New Difficulty Modes

A variety of new modes and features are officially coming to the exciting action-adventure game, Metroid Dread. If you've never before played Metroid Dread, you're missing out on one of the best gaming experiences of the last year. The Nintendo Switch game, originally released in October of 2021, was developed by MercurySteam and Nintendo EPD.

In the popular game, you take on the role of famed bounty hunter Samus Aran, who you probably know from previous Metroid or Super Smash Bros games. In Metroid Dread, you've received a mysterious transmission from the planet ZDR, and you must embark on an action-packed mission to investigate. Once you get there, you quickly find out that the planet is overrun with vicious aliens and murderous robots. Fortunately, there's just about nothing that Samus can't handle.

Metroid Dread was an immediate hit with players and critics alike, but now, it's getting even better.

New Game Modes

One of the biggest changes coming to Metroid Dread is the addition of two new difficulty modes: Rookie Mode and Dread Mode.

Rookie Mode gives newer and more casual players a chance to play without quite as much intensity. When compared to the other game modes, Rookie Mode lets you gain more health from items you collect and decreases the amount of damage you take from boss fights. In the new game mode, you'll still get to experience all of the discovery and adventure that the game is known for; it will just be a little less stressful and a little bit easier to progress.

Dread Mode, on the other hand, is an extremely challenging new mode that's only available once you've completed Hard Mode. In other game modes, your character can sustain a number of hits before biting the dust. In Dread Mode, though, all it takes to end your journey is one single hit. Only the most skilled (and let's be honest, lucky) players will be able to survive their ZDR adventure completely untouched.

Metroid Dread | Credit: Nintendo

More Stats

At the end of every Metroid Dread mission you complete, you're shown a Mission Result report displaying your stats for the mission. Now, in addition to your Clear Time (amount of time the mission took), the report will show your Total Play Time, Item Collection Rate, Times Defeated, Total Damage Received, Bosses Defeated, and much more. It's always fun to get some concrete info about your gameplay performance, and now you'll be getting a much more thorough analysis of each mission.

Free Demo

If you need to save up for the full game or you want a little sample before you purchase it, you can try out some of these updates on the Metroid Dread free demo. In the demo, you can try out the new Rookie Mode difficulty and take on the early-game Corpius boss. Trying out these aspects of the gameplay should give you a pretty good idea of whether or not Metroid Dread is for you.

Upcoming Boss Rush Mode

If you're hyped about these updates, you'll be glad to hear that there's even more coming in April of 2022. In the upcoming Boss Rush Mode, you'll get to face off against numerous powerful bosses in an epic gauntlet showdown.

Whether you're a new player or a veteran who hasn't played in a while, now is the perfect time to jump into Metroid Dread. The new Rookie Mode offers the perfect way for new or rusty players to get a feel for the game, and Dread Mode presents a thrilling challenge for even the most skilled gamers. Plus, it's easier than ever to analyze your gaming performance and track your progress. Samus is waiting, and it's time to head back to ZDR.