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Super Metroid​, also known as Metroid 3, is an action-platform video game and the third game in the Metroid series. The game was released on March 1994.

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  • Jul 3, 2011
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A trip down Super Nintendo Memory Lane isn't complete without remembering this gem.  Super Metroid was another one of those crowning jewels in the SNES library that will cement it as one of the, if not THE greatest system of all time.

When the Super Nintendo hit, a lot of sequels or what were later thought of as "remakes" got the "Super" prefix added to it.  Super Metroid, Super Castlevania, Super Bomberman, Super Doubledragon, so on and so forth and Nintendo followed this trend into it's Nintendo 64 days, but I'm getting ahead of myself there.  Super Metroid is a sequel to the previous two Metroid games with Samus Aran learning that the space pirate Ridley has captured your Metroid hatchling and taken it back to Planet Zebes for breeding and other evil acts and it's time to find out whats going on.

The game play is classic and smooth, jump, roll into a ball, shoot and switch weapons and shoot some more.  The game play is a marked improvement over the old NES version, which while a trend setter was a pretty obtuse title in terms of finding your way around and getting powered up.  Here, recharging your health and getting missiles is easy as hell with recharge stations and with new accessories like the infrared sight to find passages and new weapons like super missiles and spazer beams, fighting off Mother Brain's armies got a lot easier.  Other great changes are the absence of the ANNOYING and ENDLESS upward corridors that never seem to end or that you can only have one gun.  You can have the Wave Gun AND Freeze Gun and while you can't have the Spazer after getting the Plasma Beam, it's such a similar weapon, you won't mind.

The game will have you going between different sections of planet Zebes from the floral Brinstar, into the fire caverns of Norfair, a wrecked ship, Tourian the enemy stronghold among other sections.  Picking up new powerups allow you into more sections of these worlds where more weapons and boss monsters await you till you can break into the Tourian Stronghold and battle Mother Brain.  Hostile monsters that need a thumping and power ups abound along the way.

Graphics are colorful and textured with colored monsters and layered backgrounds.  The sound quality is good with all the bzts and blams with firing your guns, missiles and other weapons to destroy enemies.  The controls are good but some take a little getting used to.  The grapple beam, for example is great for latching onto key sections of walls but your swinging is odd and you have to time your release WITH hooking onto another wall piece.  Another is getting stuck in places with gaps too high and watching animal creatures do something to give you a hint to get out.  One is the ostrich thing doing a speed run, stopping and doing a super jump and then the three critters doing wall jumps.  It's a little obscure to figure out at first but it will teach you new techniques.

The fun really comes from doing your exploring and collecting your power ups and there is no shortage of in this game since you come across power ups pretty frequently, especially as you backtrack to open up new sections of worlds that you missed before or weren't strong enough to get into before. 

A popular game for speed runs, Super Metroid may have been the only entry for Metroid on the SNES, but like many of it's contemporaries of the time, it's entry is considered by many the best.  I only wish Kid Icarus got this kind of treatment on the SNES.

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July 03, 2011
This is probably one of my all time favorite games. I especially liked the final battle with Mother Brain. It's still one of the most epic things I've ever seen a video game!
July 03, 2011
It's a cool battle till you get the super beam, then it's a curb stomp. Escaping the base in this one is a lot more fun.
 
July 03, 2011
heck yeh this game was awesome!! LOL!!
July 03, 2011
Oh yeah.
 
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Quick Tip by . September 26, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
Built upon and improved greatly on the old NES space exploration game with more ammo, power ups and an easier time navigating and powering up and it can still be a challenge. Lots of hours have been killed on this classic.
review by . July 27, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
I have fond memories of beating Super Metroid on Super Nintendo. The graphics were amazing for its time (and still hold up on medium-sized TVs). The amount of detail and complexity of the planet Zebes still boggles my mind. If you've beaten Metroid Prime and want more, I definitely recommend downloading this game from Wii's virtual games menu and trying it out.    
review by . May 18, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
I have fond memories of beating Super Metroid on Super Nintendo. The graphics were amazing for its time (and still hold up on medium-sized TVs). The amount of detail and complexity of the planet Zebes still boggles my mind. If you've beaten Metroid Prime and want more, I definitely recommend downloading this game from Wii's virtual games menu and trying it out.
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Take on a legion of Space Pirates and a new Metroid force as you forge into the underworld of Planet Zebes! It's up to you and Samus to recapture the long-surviving Metroid hatchling before evil hands unleash its energy. An army of ominous creatures are poised for battle at every turn of Zebes' twisted threatening passageways...including the menacing Ridley and the great lizard Kraid. Knock down enemies with a killer somersault and swing on an electric beam through narrow passageways! They're no match for you and Samus...but wait! It seems the Mother Brain has returned...
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Number of Players: 1
Publisher: Nintendo
Console: Super Nintendo
Genre: Action
Release Date: March 1994.
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