Metroid - GBA

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Also for: NES
Viewed: 2D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Nintendo Soft. Co.: Nintendo
Publishers: Nintendo (GB)
Released: 7 Jan 2005 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+, ESRB Everyone
Accessories: GameCube Game Boy Player


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Before the rise of Metroid Prime and its successors, the intergalactic efforts of heroine Samus Aran were known only to a select few. But to the genre's hardcore and any other gamers fortunate enough to have discovered Nintendo's platform adventure, the Metroid series is the best in the genre. And to remind today's volatile industry of how Samus started out, Nintendo has re-released the original NES title for GBA.

A hardcore adventurer with a knack for drawing trouble to herself, Samus' first tale begins on the planet Zebes, where she discovers how enemy space pirates are planning to use energy-producing Metroids to destroy the galaxy as we know it.

From the beginning, Metroid makes clear its intentions to deliver a traditional platform experience as players wander through myriad cave-like locales complete with obstacles and a population of hostile inhabitants. On the face of it, Metroid is routine, but deeper exploration reveals a far more complex and in-depth experience. You'll have to search for power-ups to reach previously unreachable areas, and you'll often discover the need to backtrack across vast expanses to unearth hidden items and extras. And that's great, because it avoids the standard numbered level structure, instead encouraging players to think for themselves.

Like the original, this GBA port of Metroid is an extremely challenging and sometimes unforgiving venture. But it's all good, and just as much fun as it was all those years ago.