is a popular Nintendo series. It chronicles the exploits
of a female bounty hunter named Samus Aran who is
commissioned to battle the space pirates on the planet
Zebes. The pirates are attempting to capture the Metroids
that inhabit the planet and harness their energy-absorbing
powers to control the galaxy.
about all the information you'll receive when you
play the re-release of this NES classic. Other than
an incredibly brief storyline, there is no other information
to guide you through the game. There is no map, no
compass and no non-playable characters to tell you
where to go. Metroid combines exploration and combat.
Not only do you have to figure out where to go and
what to do but there are hidden goodies located all
over each level that can help empower you.
aspects of the gameplay in Metroid were considered
ingenious at the time. I'm not so sure about the aimless
wandering but it did convey a sense of confusion.
The moody music also helped to elicit emotions of
loneliness which was further exacerbated by the relatively
was the first side-scroller that allowed you to move
in any of four directions: up; down; right, and left.
Backtracking was not only possible, it was mandatory
since you have to collect things from other levels
to access items from previous levels. While all of
this may not seem like a big deal now, it was then.
Keep in mind that when you play this game it's more
than likely it won't seem like a big deal.
Ms. Aran wears a power suit and is equipped with a
few weapons including a morph ball, ice beam and missiles.
The power suit conceals her identity. You won't even
know she's a he - but that's another story. She can
only shoot down and straight ahead. If some of the
enemies are short, you will have to find other ways
to deal with them.
doesn't look so good. It may be colorful but it uses
the same few tilesets over and over. To say this game
is dated looking would be an understatement, but I
will give Nintendo credit for not updating it and
remaining true to the mandate of the Classic NES series
to offer these games in their original form.
doubt that few players other than Metroid fanatics
will get anything out of this game. At the same time,
they should also be in possession of a copy of Metroid
Zero Mission which featured an unlockable version
of this very game. You would be better off spending
a few extra bucks and getting the Zero Mission game
if you don't already have it. Otherwise I would be
very hesitant to spend the twenty bucks on this old