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In the future, the Galactic Federation and the pirates of planet Zebes are at war. Pirates have stolen an unknown life-form, recently discovered on the planet SR388. The life-form, designated "Metroid", is in a state of suspended animation and, according to analysis, was the cause of the complete destruction of SR388. If the Metroid ever got loose, the alien could destroy countless other systems. It is up to the space bounty hunter Samus Aran to land on Zebes and find her way through the perilous terrains of Brinstar and Norfair, destroy the Pirates, as well as their alien enforcers, Ridley and Kraid, and rid the planet of the alien life form before the pirates complete their plans of world destruction.

Using the cybernetic enhancements of her Power Suit, Samus can use a range of weapons and defenses to destroy the enemy. She can also absorb enemies powers into her Power Suit to increase her defense and chance of survival. Using her weapons and special abilities, she must find her way to the central chamber of Tourian and destroy the Mother Brain, the mysterious leader behind the Space Pirates.


Metroid NES Now, killing is easy.
Metroid Arcade Morph-Ball to collect.
Metroid NES Starting a new game
Metroid NES Morph into a ball to pass through narrow passages.

Alternate Titles

  • "メトロイド" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Another early NES classic NES J O (9)
Make your way through a giant maze collecting random items, beat the mother brain, escape through tedious small platforms and watch a strip-tease. NES Bregalad (914)
Metroid - Old (classic) games don't die, they just fade away NES Ryan Kelly (10)

The Press Says Wii Jan 07, 2010 19 out of 20 95
Total! (Germany) NES May, 1994 1.75 out of 6 85
neXGam NES Aug 30, 2010 8.3 out of 10 83
IGN Wii Aug 13, 2007 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic NES Apr 24, 2002 B 75
The Games Machine (Italy) NES Oct, 1988 68 out of 100 68
Tilt NES Jan, 1988 12 out of 20 60
Nintendo Life Wii Jul 21, 2007 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Nov 03, 2004 5.2 out of 10 52
Cheat Code Central Game Boy Advance 2004 1.5 out of 5 30


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It was named #11 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time" by EGM Issue #200 (Feb. 2006).

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