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Release year: 1994 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Nintendo R&D1

Super Metroid (SNES)

Super Metroid is a 2D, side-scrolling action-adventure game, developed by Nintendo ( Nintendo R&D1) and released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It’s the third game of the Metroid saga and it’s a really cool game. The question is… is Super Metroid better than the original Metroid for NES?

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Metroid made it big during the 80s and the 90s and was well loved for the game’s construction and atmosphere. Set in one huge world with a lot of items to search for a vast area to explore, it kept gamers busy and excited. The series was even made more memorable when Super Metroid for SNES was released in 1994.

Samus, the main protagonist, must once again explore the all familiar Zebes but some things have changed. Some rooms have been deformed through the passing of time and from these differences come new abilities and moves like the Grapple Beam and the Screw Attack which will help the hero reach seemingly inaccessible areas and defeat bosses which include Kraid, Mother Brain, and Ridley.

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As with the previous releases, controls are responsive and seamless. Handling Samus is a breeze as he runs and shoots through the levels. Samus can now shoot diagonally which adds dimension to his fighting and also means new evil minions to defeat and destroy. These new moves are well laid out for the SNES controller. Difficulty has been mellowed down a bit to entice new gamers but the challenging appeal is still there.

Super Metroid is one of those games that developers have given a lot of coding hours into. This means the graphics prowess of the Super NES is maximized to give life into the Samus, the bosses, and the environment. Expect a lot of colors to pop up during the boss fights.

Music is one of Metroid’s finest features and this iteration follows suit. From the eerie near silent background sounds to the heart throbbing music during the main battles, Super Metroid is sure to impress gamers.

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Simply put, this game is amongst there with the best of games ever created for SNES. It’s Samus Aran’s greatest adventure, too.

Super Metroid has been ported to Virtual Console (Wii, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) and Super Nintendo Classic Mini.

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