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.
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- 2006 – #5 Nintendo DS Game of the Year
- 2006 – Nintendo DS Shooter of the Year