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1 September 2004 - A squad of Galactic Federation Troops have gone missing and only one bounty hunter can save them - but the Bounty Hunter has a shadow! Join Samus Aran as she makes a dynamic return to Nintendo GameCube when Metroid Prime 2: Echoes launches across Europe on 26 November 2004.

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Metroid Prime, which launched in Europe in 2003 to critical acclaim, and has left gamers on tenterhooks awaiting the next instalment.

The story begins with Samus discovering that her destination, the planet Aether, is suffering from a state of transdimensional flux and is currently co-existing with a 'dark' version of the same planet. By visiting this planet the Space Pirates have attracted the attention of not only Aether's native Ing Hordes, but another mysterious figure. This figure, dubbed the Dark Hunter, wears the same power armour as Samus but in black. So, where did her "twin", Dark Samus, come from and what could she want?

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is a first-person adventure game played in a fully 3D world. Playing as Samus Aran, gamers will be overwhelmed by the visually stunning graphics and Samus' multitude of new abilities. With her new Light and Dark beam weapons, the correct weapon must be used against the corresponding Light and Dark World creatures and objects in order to defeat them successfully.

The game involves travelling between two worlds and seeking out weapon and health upgrades that can be collected by searching for secret areas. But players need to be on the look out at all times for the protective bubbles that exist in the Dark World which are vital to Samus' survival in this unwelcoming environment. Samus' power suit can also be enhanced by the discovery of expansion pods to boost her weapons, including the return of the Screw Attack, which first appeared in Super Metroid on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

For the first time ever in a Metroid game, players are treated to a host of multi-player action, which supports up to four players and has two modes for gamers to enjoy. In Deathmatch the aim is for players to beat their opponents as many times as possible, whilst attempting to stay alive - the player with the most victories wins. In Bounty Mode, any player who is damaged by another player's weapons automatically drops coins. The player who has the most coins at the end of the match will reign victorious.

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes will be available across Europe from 26 November at the estimated retail price of 60 Euros. To keep up-to-date on all the latest Nintendo information visit

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