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The first installment of the immensely successful Metroid series
introduces us to the hideous title creatures and the slick, cybernetic
bounty hunter Samus Aran. As Samus™, your mission is to penetrate the
space pirates' home planet, Zebes, and keep them from destroying the
galaxy with the dangerous life forms known as Metroids. Metroid has all
the high-tech weaponry, creepy tunnels and crawly alien creatures that
anyone could ask for. With its deep and complex game play, excellent
music and a rare sense of setting, it establishes a frightening ambience
that will haunt and entertain you for a very long time.
This classic game is part of the Virtual Console service, which brings you great games created for consoles such as NES™, Super NES™ and Game Boy™ Advance. We hope you'll enjoy the new features (including off-TV play) that have been added to this title. See more Virtual Console games for Wii U.

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Metroid reviews and comments

It's a good game, but it has non-linear progression and that along with the fact that there is no map and the best ending is only achieved if you beat the game in under one hour and... Yeah.
The levels aren't really that unique, the controls are restrictive. The enemies are cool and all but that doesn't make it for me at least. For example you can't even crouch and shoot, instead you turn into a ball which doesn't allow you to shoot at all. 

Eh, hopefully the other Metroid games are better, I can't recommend this one now though. Perhaps it was a lot more fun way back when.

Overall, rating out of 100:
Story: 10
Like Castlevania, there's a story there, I think. It's probably in the manual, as always.

Gameplay: 5
It's worse than Castlevania somehow.

Graphics: 10
They're not very impressive.

Sound/Music: 0
Nope, not even this one.

That leaves Metroid ballin' with 25 out of 400! Worth for Samus taking off her helmet (not really).
Cool concept, but the mechanics just weren't there. Many parts of this game seem unnecessarily difficult. Ex. why are there enemies on the ground if you can't aim your weapon down? I respect the attempt to blend platforming, action, and exploration, but the execution fell short.
Gameplay 8/10. Graphics 9/10. Soundtrack 8/10. Storyline 7/10. OVERALL 8/10. (A 8.0)
«Blew my mind»
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