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The Metroid series, a creation of the late Nintendo visionary Gunpei Yokoi, is a series of shooting/platformer games featuring female bounty hunter Samus Aran on various missions. The first Metroid game provided one of the first highly nonlinear game experiences on a home console.

The eponymous in-game Metroids are small, cell-like creatures capable of siphoning the life energy out of any organism. Metroid II established a four-stage life-cycle; most Metroids encountered are so-called Alpha Metroids, but Beta, Zeta, and Omega Metroids exist as well. Metroid Prime introduced two new forms: Hunter Metroids sport a long tentacle enabling long-range attacks and Fission Metroids split into two new Fission Metroids at regular intervals.

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1 Games
2 Metroid Prime
3 Metroid II: Return of Samus
4 Super Metroid
5 Metroid Fusion
6 External Links


The release order of games in the Metroid series is as follows:

The chronology of the Metroid fictional universe does not match its release order. It is as follows:

The music of the first game was composed by Hirokazu 'Hip' Tanaka. The music of Super Metroid was composed by Kenji Yamamoto and Minako Hamano.

Metroid Zero Mission is a remake of the original Metroid game.

Metroid Prime

Metroid Prime is a first-person adventure video game developed by Retro Studies and released by Nintendo in 2002 for the GameCube console. According to the fictional universe that the Metroid series is set in, Metroid Prime is the interquel of the first two installments of the Metroid series, the original Metroid and Metroid II: The Return of Samus. Metroid Prime takes place mainly on the planet Tallon IV. The title also features connectivity bonuses with Metroid Fusion.

Metroid II: Return of Samus

Samus Aran returns in an all new adventure to exterminate the Metroids, now venturing to their home planet, SR388. Instead of the long corridors and doors you have to blast open with your regular gun, now you have to destroy Metroids in order to progress to the next area.

In addition to blasting Metroids, you also have new skills. The Space Jump allows Samus to jump repeatedly in the air. When combined with the Screw Attack, it can shred any enemies by flying into them. The jump can also be used to access other areas. Other new items include the Plasma Beam, Spazer Laser and the Spider Ball, which allows Samus to climb walls and stick on ceilings while in the maru-mari form (Morphing Ball).

Super Metroid

This is the direct sequel to Metroid II: Return of Samus. In the game plot, Samus returns to the Planet Zebes to destroy the Space Pirates before they use the last living Metroid larva to accomplish their plans of galactic domination.

With gameplay similar to the last game in the series, Super Metroid was one out of the most popular games for SNES when it debuted in 1994, and it remains popular.

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Metroid Fusion

Metroid Fusion is the first game in the Metroid franchise to appear on Nintendo's GameBoy Advance portable platform. It is the sequel to the highly critically acclaimed SNES game Super Metroid. Metroid Zero Mission would be second one to appear on Gameboy Advance. Metroid Fusion is chronologically set last according to the fictional universe that the Metroid series takes place.


The graphics are very similar to those found in Super Metroid for the SNES and Super Famicom and are rendered in 2D. The game is a side-scroller like the Super Mario franchise.


The player becomes Samus Aran a galactic bounty hunter who must spelunk through an artificially maintained habitat onboard a space station which, along with Samus, has been infected with the X-virus. She must regather the special abilities and weapons she has lost to neutralize the threat to the station. Along the way she encounters obstacles and enemies.

Special features

Owners of both Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion can unlock new features in Metroid Prime using the GBA-to-Gamecube cable. If the player completes Metroid Prime, they can unlock Samus' "Fusion Suit" for use in Prime; if they complete ''Metroid Fusion'\', they can unlock a port of the original NES/Famicom Metroid. The latter bonus is generally not geared toward new fans of the Metroid series.

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