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Continuing its general holding pattern, Nintendo has graced us with yet another portable remake rather than a brand new adventure. But enough time has passed since 1987's "Metroid" that the core of "Zero Mission" will feel fresh to most players. Heck, most people playing videogames these days weren't even born in 1987. And for the old-school types, it keeps the spirit of the original intact while adding enough flair to make it worthwhile. While not without its minor shortcomings, "Metroid: Zero Mission" is damn enjoyable and perfect for blasting space pirates on the go.
In just less than a month, we’ll be playing the newest installment in the wildly popular Metroid series, Metroid Prime 2 Echoes. But in any situation, it’s always a good idea to know your history, and videogames are no exception. As such, Nintendo has released the second set of Classic NES titles for the Game Boy Advance, now bringing the total to 12.
The conclusion of this game can be put simple: Metroid used to be a topgame in its time and is definitely worth the money and playing time as a collectible. However, you'll need tons of patience to finish it as the frustration- and difficulty levels will get very high. Also the graphics and music won't make you feel any better and true collectors will probably rather want to buy the real NES version and let this one laying around in the stores. An extra tip: Metroid: Zero Mission is a remake of this game but with some adjustments that make the game more playable. Only for hardcore gamers, people who want to complete their Metroid collection, or anyone who likes a real old-skool challenge.
Voici enfin l'occasion de rejouer à l'épisode originel de la saga Metroid sur l'écran de la GBA. Tout le monde s'en fiche peut-être, mais certainement pas les fans de Samus Aran qui verseront une larme de nostalgie en redécouvrant un jeu culte qui a, certes, un peu vieilli, mais qui est tout de même à l'origine d'une descendance prestigieuse.
Fact: Metroid, the NES version, can be obtained as an unlockable in Metroid: Zero Mission released last year. Which makes it curious why Nintendo bothered releasing Metroid again as a 20 dollar "Classic NES Series." Perhaps its for kitsch value, so that collectors can have themselves a box that uses the old-school NES pixel Samus. Whatever the reason, it's tough to recommend this game over the "free" version already offered, since I'm pretty sure most people already into the Metroid series has snagged a copy of Zero Mission anyway.
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If you are reading this and have not played the original Metroid (or even worse - never heard of it), what are you doing reading a videogame review? The classic Metroid stands as one of the hallmarks of the industry, a standard barer for action platforming, videogame depth and of the sci-fi genre for years. It has spawned countless remakes and been on 5 platforms. Now, the original comes back to us.
When the original Metroid was released in 1986 for the NES, it became an instant classic. The action adventure game spawned a franchise of sequels and remakes that spanned generations of game hardware. Now that Nintendo has rereleased the original Metroid on the Game Boy Advance as part of the Classic NES series, the question begging to be asked is: Why? It's easy to see how certain aspects of Metroid's design made it a classic, but 18 years later, the overall package just doesn't measure up to today's action adventure standards. Moreover, the game is of dubious value, because it has already been included as an unlockable bonus in other recent Metroid games.
The re-release of Metroid has
a major fault though, and that’s
the whole point of the thing. Let
us explain – if you’ve already
bought the recent GBA remake of
Metroid (Zero Mission) then you
not only have a better title
overall, but it includes the
original game as a free
unlockable bonus! So you can
spend an extra £10 and get the
excellent Zero Mission and the
original game in one go. This
alone means that as good as the
original Metroid is (and it is
good), it’s very hard for us to
recommend this, and you really
should get Zero Mission instead.
We’d gladly have given Metroid a
much higher mark on its own
merits, as it’s a classic title
worthy of anyone’s collection, but paying fifteen notes for a game
that can be found for free
elsewhere (on a game that most
Metroid fans will already own) is
a little much. Nintendo should
really know better.
For a mere $20, you can own a near-perfect port of one of the greatest NES games ever made, compacted to fit on Game Boy Advance with no noticeable loss of quality.
A moins d’être un fan inconditionnel de la série des Metroid, il n’y a pas de raison de craquer pour ce nouveau jeu NES Classics. Si vous voulez découvrir les origines de Samus Aran, dirigez-vous plutôt sur Metroid : Zero Mission avec sa réalisation digne d’une Game Boy Advance.
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I 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 clunker.