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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Only Metroid game that uses a password saving system. All subsequent games used a save data system. 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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Depending on where in the game you die, the color the words "GAME OVER" are written in will differ. See more »


Followed by Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (2004) See more »

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One of the must have games if you had the Nintendo game console.
18 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

Yes, this game looks very simple in its make up, but it was indeed a very fun game. You are Samus, a bounty hunter on a planet of pirates trying to prevent them from using a creature known as a Metroid as a weapon. The goal of the game is to defeat the leader of the pirates known as mother brain and stop the scourge of Metroids from taking over the universe. The first step to accomplish this task is to collect weapons and abilities to help you get stronger. There are many weapons to get to as you have your missiles, freeze beam, bombs and other assorted jumping abilities and things. You also collect energy tanks so you can withstand more damage from the enemies. The next step is to rid the planet of two of the mother brains main henchmen. Kragen and a giant porcupine type beasty and the other a bird. Tracking down Kragen is fairly simple, but man he was one tough opponent. He is listed as the first boss, but I can usually easily kill Ridley rather than this one. Though Ridley is harder to find. The final step is to infiltrate the mother brain's main chambers and fight your way through a horde of Metroid, which are not all that tough considering they are the title character and on to a not so tough battle with the mother brain. Lots of monsters to fight as I still remember the instruction book to this one being rather good with pictures of the monster and a good story set up. The play is rather simple, the music simple yet effective as all around this game is rather good fun for the early days of video game consoles.

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