Nintendo has announced that Metroid: Other M, the new action game set in the Metroid universe, will be released across Europe for Wii on September 3, 2010.

Samus Aran takes centre stage once more in an action-adventure created by Team Ninja, alongside the game design talents of the original Metroid's creators.

As Samus, players will seamlessly switch between third-person and first-person gameplay for the first time in a Metroid game. Explore and fight in third-person by holding the Wii Remote sideways, and - at any time you choose - switch immediately to a first-person view through Samus' eyes by simply pointing the Wii Remote at the screen.

The game takes place on a single, giant Galactic Federation vessel - but this contains a huge variety of locations, each with different environments, unique flora, fauna and enemies. The Biosphere, for example, is a gigantic greenhouse containing a jungle complete with waterfall, rainfall and countless tropical - and aggressive - creatures and plants. The Cryosphere, by contrast, is a cold, snowy environment where the temperature is so low that entrances are often blocked by ice.

All the action is held together with a narrative that finally tells Samus' own tale, revealing her failings, her flaws and ultimately her motivation for being a Bounty Hunter. The story begins immediately following the events of Super Metroid, when a baby Metroid gave its life to protect Samus.