A product of Nintendo R&D1 led by Gunpei Yokoi (R.I.P.), Super Metroid is the only outing on the Super Nintendo for Samus Aran and the little aliens called Metroids. This being the third game in the Metroid seris, gamers were treated to a little more of the story and even had a few heart wrenching moments. All in a 2D side scrolling action adventure that fit into a cartridge (sadly, many games today can’t fulfill half of these things with countless times more memory available).
Technically, gamers won’t have to play the previous two titles in the Metroid series to understand the story of Super Metroid. For those that have played the NES game (#1 in the series) and the Game Boy game, Metroid II: Return of Samus (#2 in the series) Super Metroid will be just that much sweeter and feel richer.
Placed directly after the ending of Metroid II: Return of Samus, Super Metroid follows Samus Aran’s perilous adventure with a Mtroid larva that took to her. This Metroid Larva felt that Samus was its mother and therefore did what came naturally. Dropping the larva off at Ceres Space Colony, Samus feeling her job is done, leaves and flies off into space, all too soon though. Ceres Space Colony sends a distress call to Samus, who promptly returns to find all hell has broken loose. Scientists are dead, the larva is gone and destruction is left. That sets up the adventure that awaits you in Super Metroid.
Even today, Super Metroid holds up quite well and is a testament to just how cool this game really was. The Super Nintendo was a powerhouse in the right hands, as proven time and time again. If you have not played Super Metroid then you owe it to yourself to try it- and Nintendo has made sure that there really is no excuse not to.
Super Metroid has been ported to the Wii and Wii U Virtual Consoles and is available at a pretty reasonable price. For those that wish to own the cartridge, check Ebay or Game Gavel for a copy but be ready to open the pocket books.
What is your favorite Metroid title?