Did you like Metroid Dread? Here are 5 games with Samus to absolutely make!

Game news Did you like Metroid Dread? Here are 5 games with Samus to absolutely make!

Without wanting to hurt Samus Aran, Metroid is now part of the “old” video game series, with the first episode of its crazy adventure released in 1986. Fortunately, the huntress was able to take advantage of the evolution of her time, while relying on a solid foundation for always being in step with the times. The latest installment of his epic, Metroid Dread, has met with both critical and commercial success. If you discovered Samus with Dread and want to learn more about her universe, or simply discover other excellent Metroid games, we’ve made a small selection for you.

Summary

  • Super Metroid
  • Metroid Prime
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Metroid Zero Mission
  • Metroid Samus returns

Super Metroid

In the pantheon of Metroid games, we find Samus Aran in better shape than ever in Super Metroid. Released in July 1994 on the Super Nintendo and later on the Virtual Console, this action game led by Gunpei Yokoi, the creator of the Game Boy, is the work of about fifteen people. Written and directed by Yoshio Sakamoto, writer of the first Metroid, this new adventure features gameplay that has evolved in the right direction compared to the first installment. We note, for example, the ability to shoot in multiple directions while moving Samus, an improvement that changes everything as we walk through the corridors of the title. In addition, Super Metroid has a superb soundtrack composed by Kenji Yamamoto, who is found in the compositions of the Prime episodes. Considered by many to be the best episode of the saga, however, Super Metroid was a commercial failure when it was released in Japan, blamed on a poorly chosen launch window. In fact, Samus has found nothing better than to land shortly before the release of the PlayStation and Saturn in the land of the rising sun. However, the story will give Super Metroid masterpiece status. Quite simply one of the best Super Nintendo titles. As a reminder, the game can be played on Switch if you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.


Metroid Prime

First part of the Prime trilogy, this episode released on the GameCube in 2003 turns Samus’ world upside down. With the mission to liberate the planet Tallon IV, the hunter finds himself in a 3D game for the first time. After completing the side view found so far, players now find themselves in the heroine’s helmet!
Metroid Prime is an FPS sprinkled with adventure games, which is a small revolution for the saga. The Retro Studio team responsible for this project takes the key elements of Super Metroid by adding a first-person and third-person view during Morph Ball passages. There is also a scanning system, as well as infrared vision. This balance of action and exploration within environments as large as they are fantastic makes Metroid Prime an important part of Nintendo’s console cube. We naturally recommend the other two parts that followed. And if you like to discover Samus in different genres, Metroid Other M, a third-person action game close to beat’em up developed by Team Ninja, may also be of interest to you.


Metroid Fusion

It took no less than 8 years after Super Metroid for Samus to return to the scene with this Metroid Fusion released in November 2002. The reunion between the players and the famous bounty hunter therefore took place through this episode released exclusively on the Game Boy Advance, before the later lands on the virtual console. Metroid Fusion is especially beloved by fans thanks to a twist-filled adventure featuring a parasite-infected Samus. The heroine is equipped with new physical abilities, such as being able to cling to the edges of walls or jump on ladders. She can also pick up parasites dropped by destroyed opponents. For the rest, the Metroid formula is respected while being energetic. Rewarding exploration with its many secret passages, Metroid Fusion is a Game Boy Advance bar. In addition to being one of the best episodes of the saga.


Metroid Zero Mission

Some may be surprised by the absence of the first Metroid in this selection. In fact, it’s kind of present with its remake released in April 2004 on the Game Boy Advance (and later on the Virtual Console). Should we avoid Metroid: Zero Mission because it’s just a remake of the first title in the saga? No way. Above all, the game is a kind of homage to previous installments, especially Metroid Fusion and Super Metroid. Through the clever layout of the areas to explore, the many screens that tell the story, the memorable sequences like the countdown and the confrontations against giant bosses, Metroid Zero Mission is a little bombshell designed for fans as well as those who haven’t experienced the seminal episode. The difficulty level has been revamped, new puzzles are present and the level design has been refined. All the ingredients are therefore present to ensure a high-quality episode, even if it is “only” a remake.


Metroid Samus returns

We end this selection with another remake, this time Metroid 2, the sequel to Metroid originally released on the Game Boy. Metroid: Samus Returns takes the lesser-known part of the series to make it one of the best 2D action/platformers on the 3DS, just that. Developed by the Spanish studio MercurySteam, the title published by Nintendo is more than a remake, it is a new vision of the story. Sure, Samus Returns takes the scenario and basic framework of the software released on the Game Boy with the hunt for the metroids, but this remake brings a lot of news. The addition of a blank counter that wasn’t present in the original and the arrival of Aeion Abilities is a real plus. In addition, the fluidity of Samus’ movements brings a lot to the gameplay and recalls the good sensations encountered in Super Metroid. Yes, Samus Returns surpasses the original with its novelties and more surprises. You got it, there’s practically nothing to fault this episode.

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