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This is the sequel to the very popular Metroid for the NES. In Metroid 2, you control Samus Aran in her quest to rid the planet SR388 of the Metroid parasites. After killing the space pirate Mother Brain in the original Metroid, Samus must take on this adventure to prevent the Metroids from multiplying throughout the galaxy. Samus soon finds out that the Metroids have mutated, making them much more difficult to defeat.


Metroid II: Return of Samus Game Boy Descending further, not many Metroids are left
Metroid II: Return of Samus Game Boy An Omega Metroid
Metroid II: Return of Samus Game Boy Title Screen
Metroid II: Return of Samus Game Boy Once again the Ball and bombs are used to discover new passages

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Alternate Titles

  • "メトロイド Ⅱ" -- Japanese spelling

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darn good metroid game.. Tim walmsley (3) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
The perfect platform game... Gabriel (112) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Entertainment Weekly Feb 28, 1992 A+ 100
Player One Jul, 1992 91 out of 100 91 Feb 17, 2012 17 out of 20 85
Total! (Germany) Nov, 1994 1.75 out of 6 85
Portable Review Jun 08, 2007 32 out of 40 80
Quebec Gamers Aug 22, 2007 7.7 out of 10 77
Video Games Feb, 1992 72 out of 100 72
Power Play Mar, 1992 72 out of 100 72
Nintendo Life Aug 19, 2009 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1992 7 out of 12 58


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Just like in the original, Metroid II has different ending screens depending on how long it took you to beat the game. If you finish it in over 5 hours you get Samus running towards you; if you finish it in 3-5 hrs she jumps and then stays still facing you; and if you beat the game in under 3 hours she jumps like before but when she lands she appears without the armor and dressed in nothing but a tank-top and a thong.


As of 2007, this is only Metroid game to feature all six stages of a Metroid's lifecycle: Infant, Alpha, Gamma, Zeta, Omega and Queen.


  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #9 Best Game Boy Game
Information also contributed by Mark Ennis.

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