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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 With the screw attack, Samus can damage enemies while jumping
Metroid II: Return of Samus Game Boy Defeat this creature to get the Spring ball
Metroid II: Return of Samus Game Boy Space-jumping through a spiky area
Metroid II: Return of Samus Game Boy Title Screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "メトロイド Ⅱ" -- Japanese spelling

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darn good metroid game.. Game Boy Tim walmsley (3)
The perfect platform game... Game Boy Gabriel (112)

Critic Reviews

Entertainment Weekly Game Boy Feb 28, 1992 A+ 100
Player One Game Boy Jul, 1992 91 out of 100 91
IGN Nintendo 3DS Nov 25, 2011 9 out of 10 90 Game Boy Feb 17, 2012 17 out of 20 85 Nintendo 3DS Feb 17, 2012 17 out of 20 85
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Nov, 1994 1.75 out of 6 85
Play Time Game Boy Jun, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Quebec Gamers Game Boy Aug 22, 2007 7.7 out of 10 77
Power Play Game Boy Mar, 1992 72 out of 100 72 Game Boy Apr, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65


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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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