The game is very similar to the previous games in the series. The game is much larger and featured enhanced graphics and gameplay features, though the basic premise is retained. As the player you control Samus Aran, a bounty hunter who is sent to the planet Zebes. The game is a platformer action game, and you can retrace your steps instead of following a linear path. The world the player will explore is large, and a variety of species inhabit it that will attack Samus Aran. There is now a map. Samus has a wide range of weapons with her, and she'll gain upgrades as the player progresses through the game. A new ability in the game allows Samus to walk backwards while firing her gun, which is based on the moonwalk. Samus can now do wall jumps. Samus can now combine weapon beams.