Super Metroid

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North American box art.

Super Metroid is an action adventure platformer released by Nintendo for the SNES in 1994. It is the third game in the Metroid series and takes place right after the events of Metroid II: Return of Samus.

Status

I own this game and have beaten it, though I don't remember my time or completion amount.

Review

  • Overall: 9/10
  • Best Version: SNES

Good

  • The graphics, animation, and music are all wonderfully designed.
  • The game engine is very solid. Player control is top-notch.
  • The world has become much more realistic than the previous games. The fire areas feel hot, the vegetation areas feel alive, the water areas feel clammy, the wrecked ship feels desolate.
  • The game offers a good challenge, with some areas becoming very difficult, but it never seems unfair.

Bad

  • While I like the Varia suit, I miss the suit change from the previous Metroid games. Metroid allowed a suitless run, and in Metroid II: Return of Samus, Samus' look changed when you got the Varia. Super Metroid has the Varia and Gravity suits, they merely change the color palette.
  • Draygon is an annoying boss. He grabs you and then you sit there helpless as your energy is drained, and he's very difficult to avoid. I get that there is a puzzle element to beating him, but without ever having puzzle elements to bosses before in the series, it is unlikely to be considered.
  • Again, the game rewards the player by having Samus take off more clothes the better she does, but this time there is only one suitless ending, which makes it less like an adult stripping game that the original.
  • Samus has unfortunately been retconned to be blonde.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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