Metroid: Samus Returns” marks the revival of the 2D Metroid series on the 3DS. Fans will once again have the opportunity to play as Samus Aran, an intergalactic bounty hunter who’s tasked with exterminating the parasitic Metroids on their home planet. Despite being a platformer game, “Metroid: Samus Returns” contains plenty of action with its streamlined gameplay. That said, those new to the series might struggle with a slight learning curve. Here are a few tips to help you get started in the game.

Melee Counter

According to Prima Games, the Melee Counter feature is the best addition to the game.

Samus can perform some devastating attacks if she manages to counter an enemy just before they strike. If you see a white ring around the enemy, don’t attack and wait for them to charge at you. Once they’re in range, press X and watch Samus flick her gun and push the enemy away. If successful, her opponent(s) will become stunned, giving her a chance for a follow-up attack. Take note that all of your bullets/missiles will get a temporary power boost after a successful melee counter. Moreover, Samus will auto-aim at the target if she doesn’t move after counter, making it easier to take down enemies.

Bomb Jumping

Once you obtain the Morph Ball and Bomb upgrade in “Metroid: Samus Returns,” Samus can deploy small bombs that explode after a few seconds when in her Morph Ball form.

However, these projectiles aren’t just good for killing enemies as they can also be used to propel herself and reach new locations. If you place a bomb beneath Samus, the explosion will flick her up in the air. You can also leave bombs in midair, making it easier to reach new locations. Just make sure you time your bombs correctly as they’ll detonate after a few seconds.

Make your own platforms

Once you unlock the Ice Beam upgrade, you’ll have the option to freeze enemies instead of killing them. Granted, the Ice Beam hardly does any damage, but its primary purpose is to freeze enemies and create platforms. If you shoot an alien, they’ll become frozen statues for a few seconds, allowing you to use them as platforms.

If you can’t reach a certain ledge or platform, look around if there’s a nearby enemy you can freeze. Moreover, make sure you charge up your Ice Beam before firing so enemies will stay frozen longer. There’s nothing worse than jumping on a thawing enemy and taking damage. “Metroid: Samus Returns” is now playable on the Nintendo 3DS.