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Description

After having defeated Mother Brain, the leader of the Space Pirates who wanted to use alien creatures known as Metroids to dominate the world, the bounty hunter Samus Aran took the fight to the Metroids' homeland and eradicated them. Only a single Metroid larva remained. Samus took it to a galactic research station, and scientists assured her that the powers of the larva can be harnessed to help people. However, everything goes wrong when a dragon kills the scientists, takes away the larva, and destroys the research facility. Samus follows the dragon to the planet of Zebes, where she fought Mother Brain before. She must explore the dangerous planet, stay alive, and figure out a way to retrieve the larva.

Super Metroid is a platform game and a follow-up to Metroid II. Like the previous games in the series, it is not divided into separate levels; the planet Zebes is an open world which Samus traverses back and forth. This world is divided into rooms separated by doors which must be shot to be opened. Shooting is also used to open up secret passages, some of which contain nifty bonuses, but finding most of them is required to proceed in the game.

There are many items to find on the way, and each new item usually makes heretofore inaccessible areas available to Samus. The items include both weaponry (such as missiles, super missiles, or upgrades to Samus's standard laser gun), energy tanks that increase Samus' max health, and other gadgets (like a grappling hook that allows Samus to stick to the ceiling).

There are various enemies - alien fauna - lurking around planet Zebes. The enemies all respawn after re-entering a room, though Samus' increasing capabilities mean that they become easier to defeat as the player makes progress. After killing them, the enemies typically leave behind some health or ammo.

Screenshots

Super Metroid SNES An alien has come to retrieve the baby
Super Metroid SNES A scientist thanks Samus for bringing him a baby Metroid
Super Metroid SNES These statues always carry interesting items - like super missiles
Super Metroid SNES One of the not-so-easy bosses

Promo Images

Super Metroid Screenshot Samus vs Ridley
Super Metroid Screenshot Chozo Statue holding an Energy Tank
Super Metroid Screenshot Title screen
Super Metroid Screenshot A Kihunter

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "Metroid 3" -- Game introduction title
  • "スーパーメトロイド" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

On a planet with this much intoxicating atmosphere, you're gonna need that space suit! SNES J. P. Gray (120)
Gameplay greatness and pixel poetry SNES Vecster (24)
A strong classic, if maybe SLIGHTLY overrated SNES *Legion* (144)
I have no idea what I'm doing here. SNES Asinine (1006)
The last Metroid is in captivity. The galaxy, is at peace... SNES Perfil Falso (3310)
Bring back my baby!!!! SNES Daniel Maze (3)
Great SNES version of Metroid but finicky controls when emulated SNES Plasma Snake (10)
A super sci-fi adventure! SNES Phobos-Romulus (43)

Critic Reviews

Video Games Blogger SNES Jul 08, 2006 10 out of 10 100
Lens of Truth SNES Aug 26, 2010 10 out of 10 100
Classic-games.net SNES Jan 24, 2020 10 out of 10 100
Jeuxvideo.com SNES Jun 18, 2009 19 out of 20 95
Retro Gamer Wii Nov 08, 2007 95 out of 100 95
Total!! UK Magazine SNES 1994 94 out of 100 94
Cubed3 SNES Aug 21, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Random Access SNES Dec 24, 2010 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Sep, 1994 10 out of 12 83
Interface SNES 1994 75 out of 100 75

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
The art direction 2 J. P. Gray (120)
Apr 24, 2008

Trivia

1001 Video Games

The SNES version of Super Metroid appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Intro Voice-over

The voice during the game's introduction, the one that says "The last Metroid... ...is in captivity. The galaxy... ...is at peace.", is none other than Dan Owsen. He is known for doing much of Nintendo's localization efforts in the 1990s. His work included translating manuals and in-game text. He is also known for his "Ask Dan" column on Nintendo's web site, and can be seen in some of Nintendo's promotional VHS tapes.

SMILE

SMILE comes from Super Metroid Integrated Level Editor which was developed by "Jathys". The project was open-sourced and gave the possibility to edit almost everything: levels, enemies, items, colour palettes, text, individual room's gravity and many more. Although the editor was not fully completed, it was usable enough to create your own modifications and publish them. Currently the project is dormant. More information is available here

Soundtrack

Because the original Metroid used the Famicom Disk System (and its wavetable sound chip) in Japan, and the releases outside of Japan were on cartridges and thus only used the default NES sound system, the original soundtrack had to be slightly reprogrammed. In Super Metroid, the changes made by the FDS-to-Cartridge conversion back in the original game are made more apparent when the older - albeit remixed - themes are used.

The music in Super Metroid, considered to be some of the finest compositions for the SNES, was composed by Hirokazu Tanaka, Kenji Yamamoto, and Minako Hamano. Information about the CD soundtrack can be found here.

Speedruns

Super Metroid is, due to its level design and planning, one of the most popular games for speedruns and is still being perfected to this day.

Awards

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • June 1994 (Issue #59) - Game of the Month
    • February 2006 (Issue #200) - #23 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time"
  • FLUX
    • Issue #4 - #62 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
  • GameFan
    • 1994 (Vol.3, Iss.1) - Overall Best Action/Adventure Game of the Year
    • 1994 (Vol.3, Iss.1) - Best SNES Action/Adventure Game of the Year
  • Game Players
    • January 1995 - Best SNES Adventure Game of 1994
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #29 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – #46 Top Game of All Time
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #89 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Calpis, Julian Turner, PCGamer77, Scott G and uclafalcon.

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