Metroid Prime: Hunters (Nintendo DS)

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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.


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

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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Nice single player, brilliant multiplayer! Rensch (203) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

Critic Reviews Aug 31, 2006 5 out of 5 100 Mar 25, 2006 9.5 out of 10 95
N-Zone Jun 24, 2006 95 out of 100 95
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Jun 26, 2006 90 out of 100 90 May 05, 2006 18 out of 20 90 Aug 23, 2006 89.3 out of 100 89
Nintendo Spin Apr 02, 2006 8.9 out of 10 89
Deeko Apr 01, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
GamesFirst! Mar 30, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine May, 2006 8 out of 10 80


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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.


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


  • 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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