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Release year: 1987 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Nintendo

Metroid (NES)

Metroid (AKA メトロイド Metoroido in Japan) was one of those releases for the NES that literally changed the game field. It was fast, fun, furious, and fantastic. Metroid game was so well received that it spawned a franchise that would span generations of gaming consoles. It pushed the 8-bit console to the limits and showed what Nintendo NES can do in terms of sprite manipulation. This game is the prequel of Super Metroid for Super NES.

The main protagonist is Samus Aran, a bounty hunter in search of space pirates who are threatening the balance of the universe by releasing beings called metroids. The hero using his arsenal of weapons and physical abilities must stop this threat at planet Zebes, the source. He starts with a small gun and gradually gets more exciting and powerful weapons as he annihilates one boss after the other.

Controls are on point and smooth. Hiccups are nowhere to be found, which is a good thing. Control quirks can ruin a game and good reflexes are needed for this game, after all. There is no diagonal shooting here so it can get frustrating but it’s something games can easily live with.

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Metroid is about exploration so the developers that there is plenty to explore. Using complex color palettes, each section of the game is unique on its own. Developers knew the game would be repetitive so they incorporated industrial, lava, and rocky themes to break the boredom. Animations are implemented well and the massive bosses are impressive, to say the least.

Sound effects and background tunes are not Metroid’s strongest points but still, they’re enough to keep gamers glued to their gamepads as they hum along easy-to-remember tunes in the game.

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Although Metroid on NES was a hit when memory addresses were scarce and attention spans were longer, it might not hold up to the newer games released. But still, it’s highly recommended for nostalgic gamers.

Metroid  has been ported to Nintendo NES (this version), Game Boy Advance and Virtual Console.

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