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Critic Reviews

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Game Shark (Apr 03, 2006)
If you are a fan of first person shooters, than this game is for you. If you are considering getting a DS, this is another great game that has been put out, which alone is worth buying the system for. All and all Captain Gordon gives this game... an A.
Gaming Nexus (May 04, 2006)
Metroid Prime Hunters explodes onto the DS, at long last. The wait was well worth it, this game is the indisputable killer-app of the handheld, and one of the most involving games on the market today. As a game it defies classification, as both a solid first-person adventure and a hardcore multiplayer shooter. An almost bottomless supply of features, modes and options, not to mention true artistic crafting and dazzling visuals put Metroid Prime Hunters at the top of the DS's "must have" list.
GamerDad (May 09, 2006)
Since I personally dislike all of the profanity in many voice-enabled shooters on other platforms, I love that the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection only allows people on your friends list to chat with you. It's rare that games with this much hype meet expectations, but with a solid array of single and multiplayer action this is an example of something even rarer, a game that exceeds expectations.
100 (Aug 31, 2006)
Hunters isn't just a DS version of Metroid Prime. It manages to pack a single player campaign that, while it isn't on the level with the Gamecube releases, is still a very strong product. The multiplayer is really where the meat of this game is, and if you have friends with DSes, there are enough options to keep you busy for months. It might feel a little awkward at first, but give the controls an hour and you will be happy with the result. I'll see you online! Go easy on me...
Yahoo! Games (Mar 22, 2006)
Samus finds herself sent to yet another serene planet. Aside from some local fauna, it's deserted. It's no vacation, but at least she's getting paid. Exploring around leisurely, the music suddenly tenses up. She has a feeling she's not alone, and readies a more advanced firearm. A creature not dissimilar to our heroine emerges from the shadows, inciting a fatal firefight. At the end, Samus finds her health fully depleted and one of her valuable octoliths stolen. What, you thought you were the only bounty hunter in the universe?
It sure has been a long time in coming, but Nintendo Software Technology's Metroid Prime: Hunters is finally here. You early adopters out there might recall, and probably still have, the old "First Hunt" demo that shipped with the original run of DS systems. Heck, you probably even remember that this game was one of the original tech demos displaying the power of Nintendo's then-new handheld.
DS-x2 (2006)
Metroid Prime Hunters is more than what you expect; the game is full of variety and depth. New hunters are a great addition to the Prime franchise, and it's nice to see that it's been implemented into a DS game with a fully fledged multiplayer mode. After playing through Metroid Prime Hunters, I can safely say a FPS is definitely executable on the Nintendo DS.
DarkZero (Jun 06, 2006)
The game really pushes the system to its boundaries, presents a very well thought out single player mode and an absolutely stunning Wi Fi experience. Graphically superior to anything on the DS yet, while immersing the player with a high quality and well rounded score. Metroid Prime Hunters really brings the series to the handheld world in 3D flawlessly. An excellent compliment to the Game Boy Advance titles.
95 (Mar 25, 2006)
Unless you absolutely hate the Metroid franchise or you can’t get into a first-person shooter, Metroid Prime: Hunters is an extremely safe recommendation. What NST has achieved will most likely be the benchmark in graphics, gameplay, and online play for quite some time to come.
Not only can you take this puppy onto WiFi when you don't have people around to play with, but you can also play with bots in any mode at any time. The only downside is the weak single player/ story mode, but I personally can overlook that, as well as the Stylus control scheme will end up hurting your and cramping your hands, which isn't good...So, unfortunately, you will have to take breaks every now and again, if you can somehow pull yourself away. Happy Hunting.
Metroid Prime: Hunters is a far cry from the First Hunt packaged demo. If you were only expecting a multi-player game with tacked-on single-player, you'll be pleasantly mistaken. Nintendo's been powering up this Samus adventure for two years now. The development time goes to show that when given enough resources and calendar, developers can push systems to their limits. If you're one of the crazies that have held off on buying a Nintendo DS for a lack of quality titles, you've run out of excuses.
N-Zone (Jun 24, 2006)
Die Mehrspieler-Granate schlägt auch in Europa ein wie eine Bombe! Es ist wohl eine Tatsache, dass Kenner und Liebhaber der Metroid-Serie an sich und speziell der beiden GameCube-Teile in vielerlei Hinsicht verwöhnt sind. Sei es das erstklassige und nonlineare Spieldesign, die geniale Grafik, die bemerkenswerte Verkettung aller spielerischen Elemente oder die packende, unglaublich dichte Atmosphäre.
Nintendojo (2006)
Metroid Prime Hunters might just be the DS's killer app. Other DS games have used touch control in a new way, or found a way to improve on an existing idea, but Hunters is the first DS game that has fundamentally changed in every way because of the hardware. This title offers something that literally can't be found anywhere else; and fortunately, because of theextended development time, managed to improve upon Nintendo's Wi-Fi service as well. Consider it a must-have, even for those who don't like Metroid or first-person shooters.
Lawrence (Mar 29, 2006)
Prime joins Mario Kart DS as one of those no-brainer titles any DS owner must purchase. The single player mode is good enough to warrant the asking price, but the robust online multiplayer seals the deal, finally taking the series to the obvious next level.
92 (May 01, 2006)
Metroid Prime: Hunters is a hot game. It sits right alongside Mario Kart DS and Nintendogs as one of the blue ribbon titles for the Dual Screen. No DS owner should be without this game.
Despite these qualms, Metroid Prime Hunters is easily one of the best games on the DS, and features the best graphics on the system, bar none. If you're looking for solid multiplayer action on the go, or you just want to experience the joy of another Metroid game, Hunters has both in spades.
Nintendo Life (May 21, 2006)
Metroid Prime: Hunters is a fine example of how to make one genre of game work well on a console it's not meant for, and is a fine Samus Aran handheld outing. The multi-player is also a big step up for Nintendo Wi-Fi games thanks to the voice chat and communication. Overall, this game is a solid DS title and one you will not want to miss.
With a great single player component and an even better multiplayer one, this game's overall score is only slightly hurt by the fact that the end of each level in single player is repetitive and the controls take some getting used too. Regardless, anyone who is anyone and owns a DS will have to get this game as it clearly is a sign of what this machine can do.
Daily Game (Mar 30, 2006)
If you're on the fence about trying an FPS on a handheld, Hunters will easily bring you over. It's incredibly entertaining in both single and multiplayer mode, and while it may not be the most original game (and a little frustrating to FPS newbies), it's still a solid release worth picking up.
NZGamer (May 29, 2006)
However, if you like first-person shooters and you own a DS, you would be foolish not to pick this up. In fact, if you don’t own a DS, what better excuse to pick up a new, shiny DS Lite than Metroid Prime: Hunters? This is by far one of the best first-person shooters to have graced consoles. Purchase immediately.
The best handheld first person shooter on the market, the best multiplayer Metroid game, and one of the best reasons to own a DS.
Video Game Generation (Mar 31, 2006)
If I needed to, I could easily sum up my experience with Hunters in just three words: “[explicative deleted], my hand!” Rest assured, the censored word is very, very inappropriate, and I’ll leave it to your oh-so-hardy imaginations to fill in the blank. But, apart from that, it proves a crucial point to the nature of the game: even though Metroid Prime: Hunters is so very painful to play, I’ve never wanted to be hurt so badly!
Buy. Yet another perfectly viable reason to not be embarrassed to own a DS.
Worth Playing (Apr 12, 2006)
The super-precise controls can also come close to breaking your hands after extended bouts of gameplay. Despite these minor flaws, if you have a DS, and you are the least bit awesome, you must have this game. It's like, a law or something.
GameZone (Jun 12, 2006)
Hunters is one of the best games for Nintendo’s handheld, and rivals most console first-person shooters in terms of content and gameplay.
PGNx Media (Aug 29, 2006)
Metroid Prime: Hunters is excellent and shows that FPS can be well done on portables. If you were a fan of the Metroid Prime games or just looking for a solid FPS, Metroid Prime: Hunters is what you’re looking for.
UOL Jogos (Apr 10, 2006)
"Metroid Prime Hunters" é o jogo mais bem produzido no Nintendo DS até agora. Seja no modo de campanha ou no multiplayer, você terá muito a explorar e experimentar, ainda mais se for fã de série ou de jogos de tiro em primeira pessoa. Vale a pena o sacrifício de se acostumar aos controles, interfaces um pouco falhas e a estranheza no modo de a Nintendo lidar com o multiplayer online.
90 (May 05, 2006)
Brillamment transposé sur DS, l'univers de Metroid Prime n'est absolument pas dénaturé par ce passage au format portable. La qualité du soft prouve au contraire qu'il est possible de faire de très bons FPS sur ce support, grâce au confort de jeu offert par la jouabilité au stylet. Notre longue attente est donc finalement récompensée puisque cet épisode dépasse largement toutes nos espérances.
GamePro (US) (Mar 27, 2006)
Metroid Prime: Hunters takes place between the events of Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. Fittingly, you'll notice that Samus Aran still pilots the ship from Metroid Prime, but bears the armor from Echoes. The Galactic Federation has advised Samus to investigate the appearance of mysterious artifacts -- Octoliths -- that were left behind by an ancient civilization. These artifacts are spread throughout the galaxy in five different zones. In a non-linear twist, you're able to freely visit each area using Samus's ship.
GameSpy (Mar 23, 2006)
All around, Metroid Prime Hunters is one of the best titles to release on the Nintendo DS. It's got amazing graphics and really shows off what the DS hardware is capable of visually rendering. The controls are varied in style; thankfully there's something for everyone in play, although sometimes the touch screen jumps feel strange in stylus mode. The single-player game is nearly as long as Metroid Prime on console, and while it's fun and intriguing, the multiplayer game is where the meat and potatoes of this game lie. While online play was fantastic up to a certain point during the review process, the fact that Nintendo Wi-Fi wasn't connecting for a few hours was a bad sign. Nevertheless, for head to head with a group of friends (or once the Wi-Fi servers start working properly again), it's tough to beat Metroid Prime Hunters for a good time on the go.
IGN (Mar 21, 2006)
A year and a half ago, about a million Nintendo DS owners had a chance to experience a small portion of the game design of Metroid Prime Hunters in "First Hunt," a demo cartridge that was only a sliver of the production of the final build. Even though First Hunt was a decent preview of the direction the team was taking with the first announced DS first-person shooter, Metroid Prime Hunters takes all that to a new level. This ambitious project bleeds high production values, which is something you don't normally get on the handheld side of things. Both single and multiplayer components are hugely full featured and highly satisfying, whether you're a fan of action adventuring, deathmatch competing, or - even better - both equally. But pick up and play this game is not, at least not for starters. More on that in a moment.
It was one of the first games announced for the DS, and a demo of it even came bundled with the system hardware on launch day. Little did we know that it would take more than a year of delays (and the release of Metroid Prime Pinball) before we'd see the real thing.
There are appropriateness issues typical to a shooting genre, which are somewhat mitigated by the enemies being alien. You do kill your opponents online, however. For the record, there are a lot of extremely good players online. For whatever reason, I have had bad luck getting much of a kill score. However, I have played less than an hour online as well, and Adventure mode seems to assist your aiming ever so slightly, while online play does not. Overall, I enjoyed it a lot, and it makes great use of the DS's hardware.
89 (Aug 23, 2006)
Finally once again a good FPS game on a (Nintendo) console. And what a game! Although it's got a good storyline and (singleplayer) adventure, the fantastic multiplayer mode made it a less important part. I would certainly advise it for people you love playing online against others intensively. If you buy it for the singleplayer mode, you could get a bit disappointed.
Nintendo Spin (Apr 02, 2006)
Now granted we still really haven’t gotten that ‘true’ Metroid DS game yet, with most still wanting a new 2D sidescroller. Nevertheless, Hunters can easily appeal to millions of Nintendo fans. You don’t even need to be a Metroid fan to enjoy this game. A lot may still be straying from the traditional Metroid formula, but this just isn’t a DS FPS that you want to pass on. If you like FPSes or Metroid at all, do yourself a favor and experience the new hunt.
Retro Gamer (Jun 22, 2006)
The touchscreen interface is really very slick, and although it does take a while to get used to the controls, you can opt for a standard D-Pad and button layout. The visuals on the other hand are extremely impressive and, along with the trademark tunes, perfectly capture Metroid's unique atmosphere. If you're looking for a well-crafted experience then Hunters really shouldn't be missed under any circumstances.
Cheat Code Central (Mar 24, 2006)
Metroid Prime: Hunters is a welcome addition to the DS. This is one system that is kicking ass as far as support goes. The online multi-player component is just the icing on an already deliciously rich cake. A must-purchase for shooter fans.
Portable Review (Jul 26, 2006)
Too sum up, whether this game is shelved at $50 or $15, it is worth every penny. Just buy some hand cream and muscle relaxers if you plan to play for more than an hour at a time.
Gamer 2.0 (Mar 28, 2006)
If you’re getting this because you’re the diehard Metroid fan, do so—but at the same time, make sure you have plenty of friends. The lack of creativity with the bosses in the single player is a letdown, but this is a game worth beating once, especially if you want to unlock all the available hunters for the multiplayer modes. Is it worth every penny? Believe it or not, it actually is. Nobody will kill you if you choose to wait out, though.
86 (May 19, 2006)
Mit dem DS online Deathmatchluft schnuppern? Wie in alten UT-Zeiten in Arenen kämpfen? Mit Riesensprüngen und Headshots? Kein Problem: Metroid Prime: Hunters serviert euch nicht nur die beste Multiplayer-Action, die es bisher im Miniformat gibt, sondern auch die prächtigste. Bisher galt Nintendos Kleiner in Sachen 3D als hässliches Entlein, aber hier sorgt das Dreigestirn aus Menüs, Kulisse und Filmschnipseln für ein atmosphärisch dichtes und höchst ansehnliches Abenteuer. Man hat den futuristischen Nervenkitzel von Samus' Odyssee fast perfekt ins Miniformat übertragen. Fast deshalb, weil der Actionschwerpunkt die Erkundung, das Scannen und die Story etwas zur Seite gedrängt hat.
GameSpot (Mar 23, 2006)
As you make your way through the campaign, you'll not only find the storied octoliths, but also uncover the lore behind the ultimate power (you are using your scan visor, right?) and unlock a number of different beam weapons, ranging from an ice beam that bounces off walls to a fire gun that does added burn damage on impact to a sniping laser. In typical Metroid fashion, you'll have to backtrack to earlier areas with your new guns to open up doors that were previously inaccessible to you, though you don't have to find and unlock all your abilities--the morphball mode and bombs are available to you at the outset.
Wham! gaming (Mar 27, 2006)
Overall, Metroid Prime Hunters is a great achievement for the DS that should be worth the wait for fans of the series and those dying for a fully-fleshed out FPS with online capabilities on the dual screen system. I’m one of the few that isn’t crazy about the Metroid Prime series but that’s just personal taste. I see where the game has its merits and I give credit to the developers for packing so much into such a small package.
Deeko (Apr 01, 2006)
In light of the questionable control and its obviously FPS slant, Metroid Prime Hunters is still a game you'll want to pick up, if not for the adventure, then for the multiplayer aspect. It behooves you not to hunt down this game and scan online for a worthy opponent. Happy hunting and don't forget your licence.
While the single-player adventure falls just shy of the grandeur of some Metroid games, the new multiplayer game positively electrifies the experience. There's plenty of fun to be had, if the pain is worth it to you.
Armchair Empire, The (Mar 29, 2006)
If Metroid Prime: Hunters does nothing else, it should kick in the crotch all the braying critics that bemoaned the lack of multiplayer in Metroid Prime and the so-so multiplayer included with Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. (And I write that as someone who actually would have liked to see more multiplayer options in both.) Metroid has been taken into first-person shooter territory and has done so with a rock-solid multiplayer experience. The more staid and adventuresome sensibility featured on the GameCube haven’t been totally abandoned, but this time out it’s more about shooting first and collecting information later. Don’t expect many surprises with the single-player game, but if you have reliable Wi-Fi access to the Internet… game on!
Game Revolution (Mar 31, 2006)
It's silly to judge a game's content against the size of its cartridge, but all the same it's hard not to be impressed that Metroid Prime: Hunters packs so much into its little sliver of plastic. It's high-quality work all the way, from the production design to the responsive (if crushing) controls and utterly smooth online play. There's nothing like it on the DS or any handheld console and for that, we'll gladly pay its bounty.
1UP (Mar 22, 2006)
So it all depends on perspective. As was the case with the controls in Metroid Prime, neither camp is fully right or wrong: Though uncomfortable at first, the free-look control of Hunters does work successfully, but because the game was designed to be an FPS, it really does not feel like a Metroid game -- a change that's even more jarring than when the series jumped from 2D to 3D. The key to harmony? Switching off that part of your brain that insists the other guy is wrong. FPS fans should appreciate the rich Metroid universe, and Metroid fans should recognize the technical achievements NST pulled off.
La DS s'est enfin dotée du jeu qu'elle méritait après les inévitables Super Mario et Mario Kart. Metroid Prime : Hunters est sans conteste le jeu phare de la DS et mérite dès lors son nom en lettres d'or dans tous les tops des meilleurs ventes consoles.
Pocket Gamer UK (Apr 26, 2006)
Metroid Prime: Hunters is a technical triumph and well worth tracking down, but it's not perfect.
Thunderbolt Games (Apr 21, 2007)
Handheld multiplayer FPS; you really couldn’t ask for a better combination.
Cubed3 (May 04, 2006)
Nintendo have done the series proud. Hunters remains true to its gaming roots, but also brings in some new ideas to spice things up. We never thought that a Metroid game would have such an awesome multiplayer, but we have been proved comprehensively wrong here. It looks and sounds fantastic and if you can get past the searing pain of hand cramp and aching wrists to start with, you are in for a treat. Truly outstanding, a must buy for all DS owners.
N-Europe (May 04, 2006)
The most explosive (and fun) multi-player game out there for the DS. You will love it if you strive to master the controls.
Boomtown (Jun 06, 2006)
The potential of the technologically disruptive DS is just beginning to be exploited. Metroid Prime: Hunters is a great game, and one that really should shift systems. Buy it, play it, and you’ll understand.
Modojo (Mar 23, 2006)
Overall, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better online title for the Nintendo DS. Metroid Prime Hunters is a very solid game with good-looking graphics and sound. While more depth to the one-player game would have been nice, it's tough to fault the game, as it does a lot right. If you're into online deathmatches or just an all around exciting game, pick up Metroid Prime Hunters.
AceGamez (2006)
Those looking at purchasing this game for the single player won't be disappointed either, as there are additional endings depending on how much of the game you're able to complete. In the end, what Nintendo has really done with this game is set the bar extremely high for any future portable FPS title that even wants to be considered above average.
GamesFirst! (Mar 30, 2006)
Metroid Prime: Hunters is the game to have on the Nintendo DS right now. Metroid fans, especially those of the Prime series, will love it and FPS fans are going to dig the awesome online play. It looks good, sounds good, and though the controls can take some getting used to, once you get them down you will find that Metroid Prime: Hunters is easily one of the best handheld-shooter experiences around.
NintendoWorldReport (Mar 28, 2006)
Hunters is really two games; one is fantastic, the other is not. One is easily worth buying if you have good access to wireless Internet, while the other feels slapped together to dupe hardcore Metroid fans and to put "Action-Packed Single-Player Mode!" on the back of the box. As a multiplayer-centric title, even if you have no DS-owning friends in the local area, the online mode saves this game. If your nearby friends do get their own copies, so much the better.
Game Critics (Apr 04, 2006)
Although Hunters doesn't stray too far from the formula that Metroid Prime established, it is different enough in structure and flavor to be worth a look for anyone who likes the series but was turned off by the derivative Echoes. It's also not a stretch to say that it is currently the best adventure game of its kind on the DS, and an admirable effort. Between this game and Metroid Prime Pinball, everyone's favorite armor-clad blonde has made a very respectable showing on the DS indeed.
The multiplayer certainly helps this game out, but I play Metroid for its immersive world and single-player experience, and in that regard Hunters is good, but not great.
Gamezine (May 24, 2006)
Metroid Prime Hunters est le meilleur FPS jamais sorti sur une portable ! Un mode online ultra complet sans oublier le mode local qui ne fait pas défaut. Reste une aventure solo qui n'est pas du niveau des versions NGC mais qui offre 10h très sympathique tout de même. Un poil trop bourrin et pas assez orienté exploration, ce Metroid reste tout de même un très bon jeu mais plutôt réservé à une utilisation multijoueurs.
Extreme Gamer (Aug 17, 2006)
Metroid Prime: Hunters is a nice expansion to the console version of Metroid. Nintendo DS fans along with Metroid fans will be happy with the expansive multiplayer side of Metroid along with a solid FPS experience in the adventure mode. You really can't go wrong with Metroid Prime: Hunters it's a must have for DS owners.
Press Start Online (Aug 25, 2006)
As an overall package, DS owners will find Metroid Prime Hunters hard to beat. While the single-player mode might be a slight letdown to those hoping for an equal to the Cube’s two Prime games, it’s still a decent-sized and fun action-adventure, with graphics and particularly sound design among the best the system has to offer. The emphasis on multiplayer is the game’s real trump card though - it’s by far the most arresting online title on DS, and would be worth the price tag alone. Put it all together, and you’ve got yourself a must-buy, cramps from repeated presses of the shoulder buttons notwithstanding.
80 (UK) (Mar 23, 2006)
Players of my current game of choice, Nintendo's new first-person shooter Metroid Prime: Hunters, would do very well to listen to the advice and actually bother to read the flimsy pamphlet included in the case, specifically the part I've paraphrased above. Because I've been playing Metroid Prime: Hunters solidly since I got my hands on it, and my arms and wrists feel like they're being gripped by the claws of an angry lobster god as payback for brethren once boiled.
70 (Apr 06, 2006)
However, despite is short comings, Metroid Prime Hunters is still worthy of a purchase if you are a fan of the series or are looking to play something else online instead of Mario Kart. Just don’t be expecting to get the "mother of all portable games," as this title could have been. When it is all said and done, I would have preferred a new 2D Metroid built in the shadow of Metroid Fusion.
For single player only experience, this game is 6 and below. If you've got the friends and a WiFi connection, the game is a 8 and above. Despite it's shortcomings and Metroid-lite status, Metroid Prime: Hunters is the best and most accessible FPS ever made for a handheld.
Gamestyle (Aug 03, 2006)
Hunters may be competent as far as first person shooters go, but its only spectacular achievement is that it's running effortlessly on the DS. The franchise has taken a turn away from 2D exploration - a sorely undermanned area of the market - and joined the overcrowded ranks of the competitive FPS, and it makes Gamestyle cry a little inside. Come on, Nintendo, give us what we really want.
I know I've focussed a lot on the negatives in this review, but that's the way I wanted to write it. Metroid Prime Hunters doesn't deserve to bear the Metroid name. If Nintendo had made a fresh IP with it, and focussed their efforts on a 2D successor to Metroid Fusion for the DS, this could have scored two points higher. But unfortunately they didn't, so right now Metroid Prime Hunters just cowers beneath the shadow of the awesome Super Metroid.
Innovative but maybe not in the right places, Hunters is something a bit different for the DS, and (in more ways than one) feels rather an alien type of game to the teeny console. The gameplay is tried and tested, and although some of the maps will have you twisting and turning the map to try and figure out where the heck you want to be/how to get there, and some of the boss battles may test your skills harshly and get on your nerves, it has something that will keep drawing you back – just don’t miss your stop.
Netjak (Sep 05, 2006)
Too many of my experiences with this game were about boredom and annoyance. It's true that I did enjoy myself at times; there are rare times in the multiplayer mode when all four combatants are in skilled battle. But these times were too rare. This is an important game for those who want to keep up with the Metroid library. With time, however, I can't see gamers maintaining their patience with this.
Gameplanet (Jul 06, 2006)
All in all, the experience you will get from Metroid Prime Hunters is nothing to complain about, and it seems like the Metroid we would have been playing on the N64 if one had arrived. Hopefully this is just a stepping stone for NST, or maybe they'll hand the license for future DS Metroid games over to Retro Studios so the handheld versions can synch up a little better with the console versions.
EL33TONLINE (Sep 23, 2008)
Metroid Prime: Hunters is not a terrible game by any definition. If you’re willing to learn and get used to the control scheme and you don’t mind backtracking, maybe even keeping notes of previously explored areas, then the single player offering is very solid, with more than enough environments and story stings to keep you occupied. The multiplayer aspect adds a disproportionate amount of value to the single player campaign, that is sure to keep you and four or more friends amused for hours. The game is graphically amazing at times (with some bland areas here and there) and is probably one of the best looking games on the DS to date. Hunters could be recommended simply because of the times you will lose yourself in the adventure and exploration, but don’t expect your gaming sessions to be frustration-free.
G4 TV: X-Play (Apr 19, 2006)
If you’re absolutely dying for a new Metroid on any system, you’re going to have to play this game. But when it comes right down to it, this feels like yet another genre shoehorned poorly onto hardware that just isn’t equipped to handle it. Hunters is a valiant effort, but the DS and its user-base would have been better served with something more along the lines of the Game Boy Advance titles instead.
The Video Game Critic (May 05, 2006)
The much-ballyhooed multiplayer mode makes it easy participate in worldwide death matches, but you'll need a lot of practice to avoid getting your ass kicked. The single-player mode features atmospheric music and crisp sound effects, but you can only save at the end of each stage, making this ill-suited for gaming "on the go". Don't make the same mistake I made, shutting the game off in the middle of a stage thinking it saved automatically at each checkpoint. If you're looking for a portable FPS, Metroid Prime Hunters certainly gets the job done - with style. It plays well and has that distinct Nintendo polish, but it's hardly the revolutionary title some make it out to be.