Metroid: Samus Returns” is the latest entry in the Metroid series and marks the return of the 2D franchise after nearly 10 years later. Samus is back on another mission to defeat the parasitic Metroids on their home planet. However, Metroids aren’t the only thing you’ll be worrying about as their planet is also home to other dangerous aliens. Aside from fighting, Samus will also be exploring the vast area to find new abilities, upgrades, and power suits. That said, Here are a few tips to help you explore better in “Metroid: Samus Returns.”

Use the Scan Pulse

According to VentureBeat, you’ll get the Scan Pulse fairly early in the game.

Press A to activate a sensor that maps your surrounding area and also detects any blocks that can be destroyed. “Metroid: Samus Returns” doesn’t have any map stations, so you’ll need to rely on the Scan Pulse if you want to get a full view of the area. If you ever find yourself stuck, use this ability to see if there are any hidden areas or paths you might have missed. You’ll be surprised at how often you’ll find upgrades if you make the most out the Scan Pulse.

Bomb Jumping

Later in the game, you’ll unlock the Morph Ball and Bomb upgrade which allows Samus to deploy small bombs that explode after a few seconds. She can use these projectiles to defeat enemies or as another way to get around the map.

If she drops a bomb beneath her, the explosion will propel her slightly upward. Time your bombs to continue “jumping” in midair until you reach a certain new location.

Freeze enemies

Another way to move around more freely is by freezing enemies with your Ice Beam. You’ll unlock this upgrade a bit later in “Metroid: Samus Returns.” Once you have it, you can shoot your enemies and turn them into platforms for a few seconds.

It’s better to charge up your shot first since it will freeze aliens longer. There’s nothing worse than jumping on a thawing enemy and losing health. You can even kill a frozen enemy with a melee attack, regardless of their health.

Use the Spider Ball

Aside from the Morph Ball, you’ll also unlock the Spider Ball upgrade later in your mission.

When in morph ball form, hold L to stick to any solid surface. You can move up walls and even navigate through ceilings to find upgrades or new locations on the map. While in Spider Ball form, you can even attach bombs to the wall, making it easier to open inaccessible paths. “Metroid: Samus Returns” is now available to play on the Nintendo 3DS.