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- All-new maps and challenge offer players a whole new experience, with the same old action and excitement
- Use your shooting and jumping abilities to uncover new powers and use them against the disgusting creatures you'll face
- Great cutscenes bring the story of Samus to life and prepare for a world of wild shooter action
- Upgrade Samus' battle-suit, and use her new powers to unlock hidden levels and secret items
- Multiple nods to the classic original Metroid game -- from the level design to the collection of the first power-up
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Join Samus Aran and journey through a rich adventure that tells how the entire Metroid saga began. Expanding on the legendary NES Metroid title, experience new upgrades to Samus's suit plus all-new abilities like the Power Grip and Zip Line. Beautiful cut-scenes bring the story to life as the plot thickens beyond your wildest imagination!
When people ask me what my favorite game of all time is, I always answer the same thing: Metroid. Sure, Super Metroid on SNES took the concept and made it better, and Metroid Fusion was a fantastic follow-up on the Game Boy Advance, but when push comes to shove the original is where my vote will always go. Then there's Metroid Prime…but that's 3D and a story for a different day. This game and this story are all about the glory of 2D gaming.
So you can only begin to imagine my excitement when Nintendo's newest Metroid redo appeared on my desk. For those of you that may not know, Zero Mission is a special edition of sorts. It's the original Metroid with spruced-up graphics, streamlined level designs and gameplay, plus a whole new chapter.
At it's core, it is most definitely the original Metroid, but as you travel around the world you start to notice differences. Hallways are changed, statues lead you to the next objective, and abilities like Power Grip and Space Jump that never existed in the original iteration pop up in time.
Nintendo has been very hush-hush about this title since its announcement, and after playing through the game myself, I must admit I'm a little reluctant to give away too much, but I can give you some interesting facts to whet your whistle. The biggest chunk of new content takes place after you beat Mother Brain (which was where the original ended). Not only is this new zone fairly large (I would say it's bigger than Norfair and Brinstar combined) it incorporates a number of story elements that help tie the whole series together (including Metroid Prime).
In total, the game is still rather short. I beat it in roughly six and a half hours, and I wandered around a lot. But the new content is spectacular, and fans of the series will absolutely adore this special edition. And if you have never experienced Metroid, then you are in for a treat. My one rip on this title is the fact that the game now holds your hand a little too much, so the title loses some of the wonder and puzzle solving that I loved about the original. But don't let this one setback stop you from picking up one of the greatest titles in the history of gaming.
Update a classic with new graphics and lots of bonus material
Crisp 2D sprites jump off your SP or GBA Player
Fantastic from beginning to end
Metroid's control set-up is still one of the most simple, yet complex schemes ever created – brilliant
Replaying the original with added content is an 8-bit gamers dream come true
Rated: 9.5 out of 10
Editor: Andy McNamara
Issue: February 2004
Much like the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings movies, Nintendo has reworked the original Metroid to feature bonus content that ties into Samus' continuing adventures. I can't even begin to tell you how amazing this new material is. Let's just say that you're in for a big surprise after the Mother Brain fight. A huge surprise! I don't want to ruin the game for you, but I will say that there's a stretch of the game that I played with my jaw on the floor. Better yet, all of the original content has been extensively overhauled. The shape of the terrain has been altered dramatically, and as you progress through this incredible adventure you'll spot subtle changes every step of the way. With the original NES game included as a bonus, you'll get the chance to compare and contrast. Nintendo took one of the best games of all time and made it better. Buy it immediately.
Rated: 9.75 out of 10
Editor: Andrew Reiner
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This game has the graphics of Super Metroid and game play of Metroid Fusion!
I have waited a long time to have the opportunity to play Metroid Zero Mission.
It was worth the wait! I am smiling ear to ear while playing this game because it gives me a feeling of Time Travel! Having Flashbacks to when I played the original Metroid game back in 1986. I was 6 years old then, and this version has updated graphics , secret items for Samus's power suit and undiscovered caverns and levels of the planet Zebes! Very fun and addicting @-@ can't wait to play on my Nintendo Game cube!
Boy, what a mistake that was.
Which isn't to say that I don't still love the Prime games on the gamecube (I do), but they were an entirely different experience from the 2D bliss of the GBA Metroid titles: Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission.
While I enjoyed Fusion immensely, I find that the pacing of Zero Mission is just right to inspire in me a slavish desire to replay the game and achieve a better end-ranking. It isn't short, but it can be comfortably completed in a day when one had nothing better to do.
The play mechanics are superb, with action and exploration never feeling awkward or unnatural. The level design is amazing (consider how deeply recent portable Castlevania games have been influenced by the style of play, which originated in Super Metroid, and, expanded over the two series, has come to be known as 'Metroidvania.' The essence of a Metroidvania is exploring a complex and highly interwoven environment where one must return to previous segments of the map to unlock new locations with some newly acquired skill.). The music and sound are not spectacular, but I found some tunes surprisingly catchy. Enemies are well-balanced with some clever boss fights. The whole game is a seamless and thrilling adventure. And it is one of the better remakes I've played: perhaps not as drastic in terms of quality shift as was the Gamecube remake of RE1, but this is still pretty impressive. Near the end of the game, there is even a new segment which surprised me with a new gameplay style.
2D games don't come better than this. Get it while you still can.
Metroid: Zero Mission is a handheld remake of the original NES Metroid with game-play additions, fixes, new graphics, and aptly done expansion of the world:
1. You may restore energy at Chozo statues.
2. Your save points save your energy level and location (no longer must you always restart the game from the first elevator with a measly 30 pts),
3. Your map not only marks items in a discovered area but also if you attained it (very handy for item hunters).
4. I have a new appreciation for Metroid xenobiology! There are many new and old inhabitants of Zebes, some re-realized and more spectacularly deadly than in the original.
5. Zebes' map has been graciously expanded; if you knew the original, you may find some familiar spaces, but they are scattered about a sea of the wonderfully new and unfamiliar.
6. Samus has techniques not in the original (the most frustrating: the unresponsive wall jump and being unable to grab onto ledges, are both satisfactorily fixed in this game),
7. Event scenes! (which aren't as thrilling as all the other niceties in my opinion, but worth a mention)
8. You'll find a little retro video game treat for you upon finishing the game.
For those wishing to explore beautiful and menacing alien worlds, there is much to entice in this high-quality game.
The music and mission of this game holds true to the original and will make you remember the classic like it was 1987 all over again... if youre old enough to remember.
Plus the added bonuses, like including the original Metroid game in its entirety, and including bonus galleries and a 15% challenge puts this Metroid game a cut above just about any other game out there.
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