Super Metroid (SNES)

Super Metroid was published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo in 1994. It was the third game in the Metroid series. The original Metroid was released for the NES while Metroid II was released for the Game Boy. Super Metroid is a sequel to Metroid II.

The Metroid series, at least up to and including this game, was a 2D side-scrolling action adventure series. The gameplay of Super Metroid was much like the gameplay of its predecessors with some enhancements. In addition to the much prettier graphics the 16-bit Super Nintendo allowed, Super Metroid also featured a new inventory system and the ability to fire in all direction in addition to other enhancements. Super Metroid would be the last game in the Metroid series until Metroid Fusion and Metroid Prime were released eight years later.

There were high expectations for Super Metroid and it lived up to them. The game received very good reviews, won numerous awards and sold well. The one thing that may have held it back somewhat was the fact that it was released relatively late in the life of the Super NES. Nevertheless, this one definitely goes on the list of must have games for that platform. Beautiful graphics, excellent gameplay and a large world to explore are some of the highlights.

In this iteration, the player as Samus has brought a Metroid larva to a space colony where scientists hope they can harness its power. However, just after she left the colony, the Space Pirates attacked and stole the larva. Now you have to search for the stolen larva and battle the Space Pirates in their newly rebuilt and expanded base.

Super Metroid has been re-released on a number of occasions so you won’t necessarily have to track down an original cartridge. It was released on the Wii Virtual Console in 2007, the Wii U Virtual Console in 2013 and the 3DS Virtual Console in 2016. In addition, it is also one of the games available on the recently released Super NES Classic Edition (though it might be easier and cheaper to get your hands on an original cartridge).

Super Metroid (Super Nintendo)

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