I’ve never played a Metroid game before, how is this even possible? Samus is even one of my favorite characters on Super Smash Bros. 4! I guess I can blame this on the fact that I haven’t owned a Nintendo home console since the Nintendo 64. Also, I never had the pleasure of owning an NES or a SNES when I was a kid, which made me miss out on many classic games. Believe me when I say that Metroid isn’t the only classic and genre-defining game that I missed out on. However, why have I decided to play Metroid now?
Not too long ago I made an article about my Most Anticipated Games of 2017 and in it, I added Metroid: Samus Returns. I really want to play that game but I don’t want to play it without experiencing its 2D predecessors. So, since I am lucky enough to own an NES Mini I decided to start with the original Metroid.
I remember playing this game the first day I got the NES Mini and I only played it for a couple of minutes. Since I didn’t know what the goal of the game was I lost my interest very quickly. However, I was determined to not let this happened this time. I was going to pick up that game and complete it! So, I did what everyone did back in the day, read the game’s manual. From, it I learned what the goal of the game was, its mechanics and more importantly, its story.
Metroid is a very fun game and playing it feels amazing, the controls are spot on and the exploring aspect is very rewarding. However, there are a couple of things that I didn’t enjoy. One of them is the fact that it has no in-game map like I mentioned before. Even The Legend of Zelda had one! The second one is the fact that sometimes you take damage without being able to do anything. There are doors where the second you passed them you get hit by something, and this is very frustrating to deal with, especially when you are low on health. And the last thing that I didn’t like is the fact that every time you die you restart with only 30 energy. It ‘ great that they let us keep all the power-ups but at least give us more than 30 energy, please! The least fun part of this game is having to fill 5 entire energy tanks by killing monsters that only give you 5 energy at a time…
Despite these things, I had a blast with Metroid and I can’t wait to play the next one. I’m completely hooked on Metroid! This is a game that every platformer lover should play! Sometimes it’s good to go back and play older games so we can learn to appreciate the games we have today.
I would like to write more about Metroid but I just found out that I can play Metroid 2 on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console! Got to go buy it as fast as possible! Hope you liked my review, until next time!