Metroid (1986)
"Metoroido" (original title)

Video Game  -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  6 August 1986 (Japan)
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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 ... 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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The Morph Ball was partly invented out of convenience. At the time, it was much easier to animate a ball rolling through narrow passages than a computer figure crawling on all fours. Samus crawling through narrow passages was finally displayed in Metroid: Zero Mission (2003). See more »


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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love this game
16 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My all time favorite game. A friend had a working NES system a few years back, and I raved about this game. I got it off Amazon and played it with them. I was not disappointed, and quickly fell back into the patterns, challenges, and fun times I had with this game as a child. I spent many nights playing this growing up, and I think that it is a skill to master a game as difficult as this one. It took me a long time to beat this game, and using the codes do not justify the work and satisfaction that comes along with the start to finish of Metroid. This game is awesome. Pick up an old copy and see. The new versions are pretty cool too, but none of them compare to this gem

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