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Metroid Package Art
GENRE
Action-Adventure
DEVELOPER
Nintendo
PUBLISHER
Nintendo
NUMBER OF PLAYERS
1
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Metroid

Metroid is without a doubt one of the best classic games from the Nintendo Entertainment System. It's been 18 years since the game first surfaced in North America and the game has spawned countless sequels, including the upcoming Metroid Prime 2: Echoes for the GameCube. However, the game has already been revived twice so far this generation. It's unlockable in Metroid Prime and it's unlockable in its spiritual remake, Metroid: Zero Mission on the Game Boy Advance. It's recommended to pick this title up to complete your Classic NES Series, but over Zero Mission, it would be a hard choice.

visuals

As one of the first NES titles, the game certainly looks aged. However, it's easy to see how well the game was put together back in the mid-80's. The title oozes with atmosphere and the same dark overtones have carried over to today's Metroid games. With unique creature design and level design, it's apparent how much influence the original Metroid has on today's games.

audio

The sound effects are average, at best, and are filled with the standard blipping noises of enemies and weapon fire. The music, however, is filled with a handful of memorable themes. While you may find yourself turning the sound down on occasion to listen to your own atmosphere, there are still plenty of reasons to listen to what the game has to offer.

gameplay

As bounty hunter Samus Aran, the player spends hours scouring the hostile environments of Zebes. Samus may not seem so powerful starting out with her tiny little arm-pistol, but as she progresses through the game, she'll collect upgrades like the ice beam and missiles to increase her power. She'll also learn new powers like the morph ball and space jump in order to increase he acrobatic skills to reach new areas and energy tanks to increase her health. At the end of her venture, she's a walking powerhouse of death. One of the best things about Metroid is the open-ended world of Zebes. As you explore new areas, collecting new abilities, you'll slowly be able to check out areas you have yet to visit. Scouring the world gives a satisfying twist to what most other games were offering at the time. The port from the NES to the GBA is completely in tact and remains one of the best games in the series.

multiplayer

N/A

overall

If you're interested in picking up a title in the recently released volume in the Classic NES Series, you may want to pass by Metroid. You'd be much better off with the other three games. This isn't saying that Metroid is a bad game, because it isn't. Frankly speaking, it's one of the best titles from the NES years. However, the game has been ported so many times that it hardly stands on its own as a stand-alone experience. If you're looking to completely your collection or you're a rabid fan of the series, you should definitely pick this one up. As a classic Nintendo title, it's beautifully revolutionary. As part of the Classic NES Series on the Game Boy Advance, this one is an okay title.

final score 6.9/10





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