Metroid is becoming more popular as time goes on. The Prime series has attracted a lot of new fans, and the upcoming Other M is receiving quite a lot of hype. almost everyone has played Super Metroid, but I talk to surprisingly few people who have actually played the original Metroid, which surprises me. I mean, even if you don't own an original cartridge like I do, it's unlockable in both Metroid Prime and Metroid Zero Mission. not to mention NES is really easy to emulate...not to mention the wii's virtual Cpnsole. Well, all that aside, here is the review.
As I said in my first NES review, it -is- the NES. Graphics are only going to be so good. Things don't look bad at all, though. You can clearly make out what the enemies look like, and Samus' sprite is pretty well animated as well. My only complaint about the graphics is that a lot of things look the same. now, you're going to argue that this can be said for almost all NES games, and that is quite true;however, Metroid has such a large, vast map that sometimes it can become just a tad confusing for me. Maybe others do not feel this way, but, I simply had to account for it. Still, the graphics are very good and this is a very atmospherc game.
One of the first scenes in the game...oh yeah, you only start with 30 health points...good luck!
A close up of Samus' sprite, showing the detail that went into her suit.
Samus'is a bounty hunter who has been sent to Zebes by the Galactic Federation to destroy Mother Brain and the spac pirates. The pirates have attacked a Federation ship and stolen Metrod samples. Metroids are floating parasitic creatures that drain the life force of creatures that they latch on to. The Space Pirates plan to use them as a bio Weapon of some sort I would assume. please note the word assume in that last sentence. This plot is actually pretty complicated for a game of it's era. In fact, I would say it, Kid Icarus and The Legend of Zelda have the most complex stories of that time period in gaming.
One thing you will notice is that you cannot craouch or aim downward. you will get used to this over time, and it will not be a problem anymore. Of course you know the bacsic contols right off the bat. You move, jump, and shoot. given that there is a directional pad, and an a and a B button, I'm pretty sure you can figure it out. Pressing down on the d-pad twice turns you into a morph ball(once you've aquired it). Also, to shoot missiles, you mus press the select button, and then push it again when you are done to switch back to regular shots. This is the only thing I don't like about the controls, but it's the best they could do at the time. all of the controls are very responsive.
Metroid is a very atmospheric adventure game with a large, vast overworld to explore. You will be retuning to many areas you have already visited with new equipment that will get you to new places you culd never reach before. metroid is all about exploration. It's about saying "Hey, I wonder what's beyond this point..." and then being brave enough to go find out.It's about discovering new things, and then using you're newfound abilities to progress even further. Also, this game is very hard. You only start with 30 health, and there are hazards litterally everywhere. The first time I played this game, I died within 5 minutes. But that's the thing about this game. You don't want to die. You don't have any extra lives. You fear for Samus' safety on this hostile planet. Speaking of not having lives, and dying, the game does have somewhat of a save system. like Kid Icarus, and many other games of the time, it has a password system. get out your handy dandy notebooks!
If you have ever played any metroid game, you will instantly recognize the music in this game. From the start screen music, to the "you found an item!" theme. All of the tunes are very familiar, and fit the game perfectly, adding even more to it's atmosphere.
For the Metroid, Nintendo, or Adventure fan, this is a must play. even if you've played the remake, Zero Mission, you should still play this one. It's one of the best games on the nintendo Entertainment Sysytem, and while it may not be as popular as some of the others, it definitely earns it's spot among their ranks.