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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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

DS-x2 2006 9.5 out of 10 95
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) 2006 A- 91
Daily Game Mar 30, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Australian GamePro Jun, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Portable Review Jul 26, 2006 35 out of 40 88 May 19, 2006 86 out of 100 86
GameCell UK 2008 7 out of 10 70
Netjak Sep 05, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
EL33TONLINE Sep 23, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic May 05, 2006 C 50


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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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