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A chronological playthrough of Metroid


A few days ago I have decided to play through all the main Metroid games in chronological order, starting with Metroid: Zero mission and ending with Metroid: Fusion. There are actually two main reasons for doing this. The first being that I own all three Metroid Prime games yet never completed a single one of them and the second being me finally wanting to break the habit of never finishing what I start. At the time of writing this I already started playing Metroid Prime as I only decided to write about it after playing Zero mission.

Metroid: Zero Mission

Platform: My dusty old GBA SP

I already played this game years ago on my GBA although years later then I could have played it as it was a forgotten Birthday present my parents left laying in the Shelve and I only found it by accident years later just after finishing Metroid: Fusion and so I played that game I think around 2006. I did however find the game a bit short back then and also easier then Metroid Fusion so lets see if it changes to me if its the first Metroid on the list.

Metroid Prime

Platform: My disk drive less Wii (the trilogy version)

This was the first Metroid game I owned yet I never finished it, I started the game multiple times but I never really finished it, I hope this changes now. At the time I found it a great looking game with a difficulty that was about right although I was often stuck on what I had to do this happened a lot more back then than it does now. I originally planned to play Trilogy on my PC using an emulator but after I got some issues I thought screw it and went for my Wii instead.

Metroid Prime: Hunters

Platform: My brother's DS

I played this game when it just came out on the ds and actually completed the Singleplayer twice however it didn't seem that great at the time, I found the bosses very monotonous and the singleplayer just not very interesting but also very short. I mostly played and enjoyed the multiplayer with friends locally and even played it online for a bit even if the ds and online multiplayer like this really don't mix well. I hope the singleplayer is more enjoyable now and I actually was twisting my mind around it whether or not to skip this game but in the end I decided to play it. The reason why I use my Brother's ds is because I broke my old dsi a year or so ago and replaced it with a psp go as I played a lot smaller portion of the psp library then I did the ds library.

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

Platform: My disk drive less Wii (the trilogy version)

I bought this game really cheap on my gamecube but never really got to play it as I found that I first had to complete the first one which I never did so this would actually be the first game on my list that I never really played before.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Platform: My disk drive less Wii (the trilogy version)

For some reason I bought this game directly when it came out despite never finishing the first and second one and I am still wondering why I did that, maybe I was just to weak of mind to do anything else and unlike Metroid Prime 2 I actually almost finished the game before stopping for some reason. I also don't remember much about playing it so I can't tell you much about how I found the game but I will see where it goes.

Metroid II: Return of Samus

Platform: either my psp go or my pc

I have heard very little about this game for the gameboy, it does seem like the game has been forgotten by time. I also read about it being more linear then the original for the NES so I will see about that. I am still deciding weather to emulate it on a handheld or just on my pc but I think I go for the psp version as that would be more fitting.

Super Metroid

Platform:either my psp go or my pc

I have started playing this game on an emulator multiple times but that was mostly on the go and it doesn't really seem like a good game to play in 15 minute train runs so I never got far into the game. I do however plan to finish it now. I heard it was the best 2d metroid game so I will put it to the test having only to play its biggest competitor in the end this could be a final showdown for me. I am still between playing it on the better emulator on the pc or the portable emulation on the psp but I think I will go with the pc emulator as the psp did not emulate at 100% accuracy and I stopped playing it before twice on the psp, playing it on the pc may make a break with that.

Metroid: Other M

Platform: Either my pc or my wii

I have played it a little on my wii but never really got far into the game as I was actually in the middle of other stuff so it will be the second last game on my list. This is also said to be the worst metroid game around and since I already played the other contenders for this spot before this game I would be able to give my own personal judgement on if it is worse or better then Metroid Prime: Hunters or Metroid II, personally I think the game is not as bad as people make it out to be but only time will tell for me.

Metroid Fusion

Platform: My dusty old GBA SP

Having started on my GBA ending on it would be very fitting. I really enjoyed this game a lot when I first played it and later replayed it so it would be nice to see how it stacks up to the other games after playing this. I also really wonder how it stacks up to its biggest competitor Super Metroid as both are claimed to be the best Metroid. Either way it is the Metroid game I have the most fond memory of. It was never to difficult, challenging sure but the difficulty was something I found great. I got stuck in the games a few times but finding out how to do stuff made the game rewarding. I will see how this goes when I play it again.

By the time I started writing this post I already completed Metroid: Zero Mission so I will just write about it below, the Metroid games I complete after that will be posted in separate blog posts but I thought well since I already completed the game anyway it would be a waste to write another post for this.

Metroid: Zero Mission

The first thing I noticed is that Zero Mission was indeed a short game, it only took me somewhere between 6 and 8 hours to complete. Normally this would be a bad thing but since I have 8 other Metroid games to play I found it nice that it was short.

I don't know if it differs from the NES original here but the game was not very difficult, sure I had to try bosses a few times and sure I died quite frequently in the late game but I never got the impression that I had to do my best, it was never truly challenging. The most I died on a boss was 5 times for the mother brain and for the first half of the game I have only encountered 1 death so I would either have to say I am good or the game is easy. I didn't bother replaying it on hard but I always assumed that most NES games where hard as nails so if it is the same as the NES game here it is surprising to see it actually being fairly easy.

It is also not like I got a lot of energy tanks either, while it is often a nice challenge to get the problem is that it also makes you life easier, and I think that is a big problem in general. If you have 4 extra health tanks a 5th one does make a big difference and 5 was only what I got in the end. Missile tanks and other consumables are often very easy to get and do not offer much of an extra challenge so in the end it leaves you with a fairly easy game till you may or may not be able to go to hard mode.

Graphically the graphics did their job well on the gba and really for a 2d game like this it is not like you need anything better. Sure modern particle effects and higher ress sprites could look better but its a non issue here. The sound is good but since I don't have the proper extension I could only hear it through the speaker of the gba sp which is still quite decent but mostly limited to the speaker.

Gameplay wise there is a decent number of upgrade to gather along the game but since it was the first metroid game there is nothing truly unique there. Shooting is rather simple and the terrain is easy to navigate so I guess that is all I have to write here.

I would say it was a fun 6-8 hours that works really well in modern standards but don't go expecting anything epic here. Like I said not a full review just a collection of thoughts on the game.

Note: the formatting is not perfect but it was the best I could do in the editor, centering the images without creating blank space around it was just not possible, even now I had to clean up a lot of shit.
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