The newest (or oldest?) Metroid game comes to the GBA. And it's fun. Lots of fun. Like you'd expect anything else from the Metroid series? Well, maybe pizza. I expected pizza, and I am sad.
The Metroid series is excellent. Excellent in a way that when baked at the correct temperature, can be the recipe for awesome. Time and time again, Nintendo has baked Metroid at the exact correct temperature, giving us gamers a delicious feast of blowing stuff up and making that "wish-wish-wish" sound when we jump and that "click" sound when we land. Yes, it has been a good time for Samus. A good time indeed. But, with any rising stars, fame can cause negative effects.
After 2002's release of Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion. Samus found herself an over-night millionaire. The change from intergalactic bounty hunter to becoming more and more involved with the stock market led Samus into a depressive pit of depressing pitifulness. Nights of binge drinking and late-night carousing became the norm, often getting into barfights and attacking innocent bar-goers with her wave beam. Then, things turned towards the worst. Samus began randomly freeze-beaming pedestrians from her Hollywood estate in a drug-induced rage. She was apprehended after a 14-hour standoff with the California Police Department, ending only after former nemesis Ridley talked to Samus and showed her just how much she had changed.
After a year of rehab and counseling, Samus made it her ambition to get her life back together. And part of her 12-step process is looking back to all the things that led her to the life she nearly ended. Thus, brings us Metroid: Zero Mission.
Yeah, anyway... Nintendo gives us a remixed version of the original Metroid for NES. For some, the original is considered one of the best videogames ever made. I am one of those people, simply because I love exploration in videogames. When Metroid came out back in 1986, there was nothing else like it. Even though personally I didn't play it until about 1990, there was STILL nothing like it. And with this new release, I was "all up ons" that, as the kids like to say.
|Gameplay||FUN FUN FUN! But let me find my own way!||4.5|
|Graphics||Awesome sprites and cut scenes make it super rad.||4.5|
|Music/Sound||The remixed old themes are excellent.||5|
|Replay Value||Super fun must get 100% and beat in less than 3 hours.||4|
|Originality||Obviously, there were ones before it similar. But this is the original!||4|
|Final Verdict: 4.4|