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Metroid II: Return of Samus

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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 Some enemies can shoot
Metroid II: Return of Samus Game Boy The first Metroid encounter.
Metroid II: Return of Samus Game Boy A large plant shoots tiny attackers
Metroid II: Return of Samus Game Boy Once again the Ball and bombs are used to discover new passages

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
IGN Nintendo 3DS Nov 25, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Nov, 1994 1.75 out of 6 85
Jeuxvideo.com Game Boy Feb 17, 2012 17 out of 20 85
Jeuxvideo.com Nintendo 3DS Feb 17, 2012 17 out of 20 85
Portable Review Game Boy Jun 08, 2007 32 out of 40 80
Video Games Game Boy Feb, 1992 72 out of 100 72
Power Play Game Boy Mar, 1992 72 out of 100 72
GameCola.net Game Boy Apr, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Boy 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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