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Super Metroid (SNES)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.2
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

On a planet with this much intoxicating atmosphere, you're gonna need that space suit! J. P. Gray (111) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Samus in Wonderland אולג 小奥 (171813) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Gameplay greatness and pixel poetry Vecster (24) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
A strong classic, if maybe SLIGHTLY overrated *Legion* (138) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
I have no idea what I'm doing here. Pixelspeech (955) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
The last Metroid is in captivity. The galaxy, is at peace... Perfil Falso (3331) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Bring back my baby!!!! Daniel Maze (3) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A super sci-fi adventure! Phobos-Romulus (40) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.3
Overall MobyScore (185 votes) 4.2


The Press Says

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Just Games Retro
Those niggles aside, Super Metroid is a first-ballot Hall of Fame game, and deserves its place in the Super Nintendo pantheon with games like Link to the Past and Donkey Kong Country. It carried the franchise all the way until Metroid Prime’s release almost a decade later, and even today, it stands as a shining example of the fusion of action and adventure.
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Video Game Den
Super Metroid is considered by many to be the epitome of the Metroid series and, indeed, the game is a masterpiece.
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Total! (Germany)
Fazit: Super Metroid ist eines der besten Spiele auf dem Super Nintendo und zweifellos das beste Action-Adventure (oder wie man diesen Genre-Mix auch immer bezeichnen mag) zur Zeit, mit ähnlichem Sucht-Effekt wie „Zelda“ oder „Super Mario World“. Klar, daß nicht ganz soviel Abwechslung geboten wird, aber mehr ist in diesem Genre beim besten Willen einfach nicht machbar. An diesem Meilenstein müssen sich alle folgenden Spiele messen lassen. Sicherlich werden sich auch einige Spieldesigner hier ein paar Ideen ausborgen – wie auch schon damals bei „Metroid“ geschehen. Überragend ist auf jeden Fall die Spielbarkeit, die, wie schon gesagt, niemand so hinbekommt wie Nintendo selbst.
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Video Games Blogger
Regardless of your tastes or what games you have or have not played, Super Metroid is a game that all people simply must experience. Even if you’ve never played a Metroid game before, the game is extremely accessible and requires no previous Metroid knowledge. Super Metroid gets my highest recommendation and if you have not played the game, it is worth tracking down a Super Nintendo to do so!
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Lens of Truth
If you consider yourself a gamer and haven’t played Super Metroid you absolutely need to. In 16 years only one 2D game has matched Super Metroid’s rewarding exploration, fantastic audio & visuals, and spooky atmosphere, and that’s Konami’s Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - which happens to be another masterpiece. Super Metroid was first, and for that it deserves our highest honors. Luckily for anyone who missed Super Metroid the first time around (please tell us you weren’t born yet) its been released on the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console making it fairly easy for you to pick up and play now. Even if you’ve played it before, we suggest you play it again, and remember what a true classic gaming experience feels like.
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The Video Game Critic
It's definitely hard but never cheap, and the save points are reasonably spaced. Super Metroid may not be the best game ever, but it certainly is one of the best SNES games I've played.
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Thunderbolt Games
It’s small and unimpressive. It’s just a hole, really. But that hole is the key to the vast labyrinth that makes up the world Zebes. The thing is, you never know what’s on the other side of these passages. What will she find down in the darkness? How far down can she go? Will she drop into a lava pit and melt into a metallic puddle? Will she slay the Pirates once and for all, or are they waiting to snipe her once she lands on solid ground? What grotesque monsters and lethal traps await her? It’d be so much easier if she could just turn around, get in her spaceship, and fly off into the cosmos until the end of time. But she can’t; she could never live with such shameful cowardice. Beneath that green visor and orange hunk of metal, she is still as vulnerable as anyone else. But she’s also Samus Aran, and she has a job to do to. Hounded by her inner demons, she morphs into a ball and rolls into the tunnel and to the adventure of her life. So begins Super Metroid.
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HonestGamers
You needn’t take my word for it; buy the game, play it hard and often; meet up with Kraid; explore the haunted, somber, sunken remains of the Phantoon’s ghost ship; rendez-vous with Ridley; and finally, satisfyingly, make things right.
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GamePro (US)
Super Metroid really delivers what Nintendo has always promised, deep, involving game play that'll occupy you for dozens of hours. There's certainly more Metroid territory to be explored, like controller-motion technologies or a wider variety of graphics, but heck, Nintendo isn't working on Project Reality for nothing. You better grab this one before a Metroid latches onto you!
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Digital Press - Classic Video Games
So, in case you haven’t figured it out yet, Super Metroid is well worth owning. It is a visionary masterpiece, in both brilliant game design, and atmospheric perfection. There are dozens of secret items, secret moves, secret endings, secret passages; I could easily talk all day about this game. Just make it a point to play this through-and-through classic. Whether you’re a tech-junkie who gets off on the latest leaps in technology, or a hardened old schooler, with thumbs like marbles, you will find something to love about this game.
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Nintendojo
Truly masterful, this title made clear that Metroid was back in a big way…which is why Super Metroid will always remain a part of gaming history, eternally renowned as one of the greatest games of all time. Just like your women and your wines, this title only gets better with age. Let this also serve as a reminder of why we all grew up to love Nintendo, and why no other developer shall ever come close to fully replicating the original formula created by the late and great Gumpei Yokoi. Remarkable.
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PGNx Media
All in all, Gumpei Yokoi made one of the finest games ever to hit the SNES. It went on to win nine awards including Game of the Year, along with sound, gameplay, and control. This game is what legends are made of.
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Game Players
Super Metroid is a sign that Nintendo is finally staking a claim on it's share of the 16-bit market. Loyal SNES fans have had to wait too long for a game of this caliber. If Sega can pump out four or five Sonic titles in a year, why does it take Nintendo so long to get it's top stuff out? Let's hope Super Metroid is just the start of a bunch of hot new SNES games.
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VicioJuegos.com
Super Metroid revolucionó en su día los juegos de 16 bits, además de ser un referente en el género de las aventuras que incluso hoy día sigue siendo considerado como tal. Y no es por casualidad, pues tiene todo lo que hay que tener para ser uno de los grandes. Y lo más importante de todo, es que sentó las bases de la saga, la dotó de un estilo propio que es el que podemos sentir en los Metroid de la actual generación, tanto los 2D como los 3D. Si que es cierto que esta es la tercera entrega, pero fue precisamente con este juego en el que los conceptos más abstractos de las dos primeras partes tomaron forma y definieron el feeling definitivo.
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Mygamer.com
Super Metroid is a game that has it all; it's an action-adventure game at its very best. Every detail is covered and custom made for video game lovers and newbies alike. Words such as ‘beautiful' and ‘fun' can be found throughout this review, and that's exactly what this game is. It's beautiful to see and hear, and it's an absolute fun filled blast to play. It even allows for repeated play when the game is finished. You will want to go through it again. Quite simply, Super Metroid is an instant classic.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Avec sa remarquable bande-son, et l’un des gameplays les plus poussés de tous les temps, Super Metroid est plus qu’un chef-d’œuvre, il est de ces jeux qui peuvent être joués et appréciés par toutes les générations. Depuis sa réédition sur Console Virtuelle, il n’y a plus aucune excuse valable pour ne pas se le procurer, voire se l'offrir une seconde fois, afin de visiter, émerveillé, la planète Zebes. Vous n’en ressortirez pas indemne.
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MAN!AC
Wenn sich die erfolgreichsten Videospielehelden zum jährlichen Treffen der Berufsgenossenschaft "Ein Herz für Pixel-Protagonisten" treffen, hat Samus Aran einen schweren Stand. Im Gegensatz zu "Sonic", "Mario", "Turrican" und "Mega Man" gehört sie dem weiblichen Geschlecht an. Daß Samus dennoch ihren Mann steht, hat die Cyborg-Lady schon vor Jahren bewiesen. Als sie auf dem NES ihr Erstlings-Abenteuer "Metroid" meisterte, war die Bewunderung im Kollegenkreis enorm. Nach ihrem Game-Boy-Intermezzo hat sie nun ihre bislang härteste Bewährungsprobe vor sich: "Super Metroid".
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Total!! UK Magazine
This is the logical choice for everyone who thought Zelda was the best thing ever. Super Metroid is without a doubt a true classic and a worthy purchase. TOTAL heartily recommend it.
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Nintendo Land
Like every other Metroidgame M3 has huge worlds with many rooms and shafts, loads of secret weapons, powerups and hard bosses! This means that the game will last a while! It also got the coolest bosses ever seen (except for the ones in Contra 3 and Castlevania 4). So go and get this great game or regret it for the rest of your life!
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Nintendo Magazine System UK
A perfectly designed game with negligible flaws. Stunning in all the right places and generally magnificent. A new Nintendo classic hits the ground running.
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Consoles Plus
Super Metroïd fait honneur à la série. La SNIN est bien exploitée et les options donnent du piment aux parties. Un must à ne pas manquer.
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Random Access
I believe that Super Metroid set some pretty high standards for itself as a series. With excellent graphics for its time and varied gameplay that was second to none, Super Metroid was one of the cornerstones of the SNES library to own.
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Retrogaming History
Non servono molte parole per esprimere un giudizio finale su un prodotto di tale caratura se non che Super Metroid è semplicemente un capolavoro assoluto. Dotato di un gameplay da urlo e di un’atmosfera stregante tutta sua, questo gioco rappresenta uno dei pilastri eterni dell’empireo del genere platform.
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All Game Guide
If there is but one drawback to the game, it's that the game isn't long enough (around 14-18 hours). Yet games like this don't come around that often, so you need to savor every morsel. Plus, there are different endings to get if you can finish it within a certain time frame. Like other games by Nintendo, Super Metroid is oozing with quality and first-rate gameplay. Here's hoping it doesn't take as long for the next in the series.
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
I was a big time addict to the original and the game brought back so many good memories for me. The graphics are cool and the plotting is very dramatic. The control is crisp and clear and the multitude of weapons is a great addition. My only complaint is, for some reason, this game seems a bit smaller. Maybe it's because of the map...Anyway, if you own a Super NES, this is definitely a must-have. It's great!
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Cubed3
By far one of the exemplary Super Nintendo games out there. Right up there with Super Mario World, A Link to the Past, Yoshi’s Island and Final Fantasy VI. Eager to see what Metroid used to be all about before the Prime series turned it into a First-Person Adventure series? Be sure to check out this piece of classic history.
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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Super Metroid zeigt dieselben spielerischen Qualitäten, die schon die ersten beiden Teile zu echten Rennern werden ließen, und setzt noch mal dicke obenauf: Wunderschön-schauerlich angehauchte Grafik sowie unheimliche Musik und gänsehautige Soundeffekte sorgen für dezentes Alien-Gegrusel vorm Monitor. Und der wichtigste Punkt: Das Gameplay ist Extrasahne, komplex, herausfordernd – und nie unfair.
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Gaming since 198x
Les années passent et Super Metroid n'a rien perdu de sa superbe. Subtil mélange entre action, plateformes et exploration, il demeure pour beaucoup le meilleur épisode 2D de la saga et cette réputation n'est pas usurpée. Un classique indémodable qu'il est indispensable de posséder, que ce soit sur Super Nintendo ou la Virtual Console de la Wii.
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Edge
Super Metroid will take your emotions on a rollercoaster ride of joy and pain: one moment you'll be throwing your head back in sheer ecstasy after defeating a boss in a battle of heroic proportions; the next minute you'll yourself furiously stabbing the reset button in complete frustration. Those who enjoyed the game will therefore have no complaints about the action, but many people will the SNES title's distinct lack of longevity a bit of a let­-down.
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Interface
Vad som höjer spelet otroligt är det ytterst effektiva "mörka" rymdskräcksoundtracket – ljuvligt. Figurerna rör sig schysst, inte lika snabbt som Hedgehoggen men tillräckligt bra för att ge schysst spelkänsla. Det finns många valmöjligheter för vapenanvändning och diverse kringutrustning. Tack vare den magnifika parallaxscrollningen skapas en tilltalande 3D-känsla i spelet och vad ännu bättre är – autentisk klaustrofobi när du inte kommer ut ur något rum och löper risk att spärras in levande begravd – yess. Ännu en mycket välkommen ursäkt att slippa gå ut i sommargrillningen.
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GameCola.net
The audio and visual aspects of the game aren't nearly as good as say, Metroid Prime. Then again, you are comparing Super Nintendo to GameCube -- not a fair fight. The music does add to the atmosphere of the game. I can remember the music and sound effects in the crashed spaceship being very creepy and scary for a young gamer such as myself. The visuals in the game are so-so. There are some interesting beam graphics, and such things for weapons. The best looking graphics are the bosses. These, along with the final battle with Mother Brain, show off the power of the Super Nintendo. By today's standards it isn't much, but whatever. It's still a good game. I don't care what you say.