VGChartz's Evan Norris: "Samus Returns isn't the finest 2D Metroid, nor is it the best Metroidvania of the generation. Peculiarities imported from Metroid II and MercurySteam's own blunder with melee counter keep it from greatness. Still, it's a solidly-constructed and engaging action-adventure game with a terrific set of boss battles and a huge world filled with secret chambers, ferocious monsters, and a hint of things to come for gaming's most celebrated bounty hunter. Welcome back to the second dimension, Samus Aran. You've been missed."