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Description

An episode in the Metroid Prime series which started on the GameCube, this game takes place between Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. Interstellar bounty hunter Samus Aran is sent to the distant Alimbic Cluster by the Galactic Federation to investigate a message saying that the source of ultimate power lies in this desolate part of the galaxy, once home to an advanced culture.

Samus is not alone, however. Other races have heard this mysterious message, too. Six other bounty hunters, each with unique characteristics, will do everything to get their hands on the Alimbic relics for their own reasons.

The single-player mode is more focused on shooting than other Metroid games but also has puzzles in classic Metroid fashion. Unlike previous games, Samus has all her moves from the start, but she still has to look for weapons. The player may also run into other bounty hunters in this mode.

The multiplayer mode is similar to Unreal Tournament or Quake games. Players can choose from any hunter that was defeated in single-player mode. There are seven modes in total including: Nodes, Survival, Bounty, Prime Hunter, Battle, Capture, and Defender. Each mode has its own unique rules. There are a vast number of arenas that can be played over local wireless or Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. When using friend codes, voice chat before and after matches is enabled.

Screenshots

Metroid Prime: Hunters Nintendo DS Metroid Prime: Hunters NDS title screen

Promo Images

Metroid Prime: Hunters Screenshot
Metroid Prime: Hunters Screenshot
Metroid Prime: Hunters Screenshot
Metroid Prime: Hunters Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Metroid Prime: Hunters - First Hunt" -- Demo title
  • "メトロイドプライムハンターズ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "메트로이드 프라임 헌터즈" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

Nice single player, brilliant multiplayer! Nintendo DS Rensch (203)

Critic Reviews

GameCola.net Nintendo DS May 01, 2006 9.2 out of 10 92
NZGamer Nintendo DS May 29, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Daily Game Nintendo DS Mar 30, 2006 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Nintendo DS Mar 23, 2006 8.6 out of 10 86
Armchair Empire, The Nintendo DS Mar 29, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nintendo DS Mar 23, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Cubed3 Nintendo DS May 04, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Sliced Gaming (GameBiz) Nintendo DS Jul 13, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Netjak Nintendo DS Sep 05, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
EL33TONLINE Nintendo DS Sep 23, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Demo version

A demo version, called First Hunt, was released as a pack-in (now discontinued) with the DS launch on November 21, 2004 in North America. Australia and Europe also received the demo on their respective release dates. This demo was not released in Japan.

Metroid

Oddly enough, this is the one Metroid title that doesn't have any of the Metroid species in it.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – #10 Handheld Game of the Year
    • 2006 – #5 Nintendo DS Game of the Year
    • 2006 – Nintendo DS Shooter of the Year

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