Metroid is an action-adventure game in which the player controls Samus Aran in sprite-rendered two-dimensional landscapes. The game takes place on the planet Zebes, a large, open-ended ... See full summary »

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Metroid is an action-adventure game in which the player controls Samus Aran in sprite-rendered two-dimensional landscapes. The game takes place on the planet Zebes, a large, open-ended world with areas connected by doors and elevators. The player controls Samus Aran as she travels through the planet's caverns and hunts Space Pirates. She begins with a weak gun as her only weapon, and with only the ability to jump. The player explores more areas and collects power-ups that grant Samus special abilities and enhance her armor and weaponry, granting access to areas that were previously inaccessible. Among the power-ups that are included in the game are the Morph Ball, which allows Samus to curl into a ball to roll into tunnels and use the Bomb weapon, and the Screw Attack, a somersaulting move that destroys enemies in its path. In addition to common enemies, Samus encounters bosses whom she needs to defeat to progress. Defeating an ordinary enemy typically yields additional energy or ... Written by Anonymous

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6 August 1986 (Japan)  »

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By entering the password "JUSTIN BAILEY" (with the second line all dashes) Samus would start the game fully armed, and not be wearing her space suit. See more »

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In the opening story, the planet Zebes is referred to as "Zebeth". This is due to a mistranslation from Japanese to English. In Japan, the "S" sound and the "TH" sound are interchangeable. See more »

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If you continue after the credits, you will start the game over with certain items/weapons retained, as well as not being in the Power Suit. See more »

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Referenced in Mario Kart 8 (2014) See more »

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The first of a great series.
16 May 2006 | by (Absent and unaccounted for) – See all my reviews

The Metroid series began with this relatively small (the ROM is only 128 kBytes, or 1MBit), but well designed game. It has always been one of my favorite titles, and is one of the greatest influences in my personal efforts to create games of my own. From this title is one of my all time favorite tunes, the music used in Kraid's hideout. I highly recommend this game.

I would, personally, rank this game as my third favorite in the Metroid series, my favorite being Super Metroid and my second favorite being Metroid Prime; I don't like to rate different types of games against each other because they aren't really the same thing, are they?


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