Logo used with Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Metroid Prime: Trilogy

Metroid is a series of science fiction action-adventure video games by Nintendo. It chronicles the missions of space-faring bounty hunter Samus Aran who protects the galaxy from the depredations of the Space Pirates and their attempts to harness the power of the eponymous Metroids. It is noted for having the first female protaganist in a video game and for its nonlinear gameplay. Metroid combines the platforming of Super Mario Bros. and the exploration aspect of The Legend of Zelda with a decidedly darker atmosphere.


The Metroid series contains gameplay elements from shooter, platformer, and adventure games. The series is notable for its non-linear progression and solitary exploration format where the player only controls Samus Aran, with few or no other characters to interact with. The series has been a 2D-sidescroller in all its incarnations until the Metroid Prime series changed the perspective to a first-person perspective, leading to a new first-person shooter element. The player gains items and power-ups for Samus's cybernetic suit primarily through exploration, and occasionally by defeating alien creatures through real-time combat with her arm cannon. Many such upgrades enable further avenues of exploration. A recurring upgrade is the Morph Ball, which allows Samus to curl into a ball, roll into tight places and plant bombs.

The original Metroid was influenced by two other major Nintendo franchises: Mario, from which it borrowed extensive areas of platform jumping, and The Legend of Zelda, from which it borrowed non-linear exploration. The game differed in its atmosphere of solitude and foreboding. Metroid was also one of the first video games to feature an exploration to the left as well as the right, and backtracking to already explored areas to search for secret items and paths.

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An artist's depiction of a Metroid, one of the many enemies in the game.


The Morph Ball only exists because the programmers were unable to program Samus on all fours crawling.

The Chozo (the same bird people) raised Samus Aran after her parents were killed by a Space Pirate attack, and eventually gave her the Power Suit.

Samus has a little brother named Soloman Aran, who, according to the Blood of the Chozo, is missing and "presumed dead". But you really know what that means.

MMC Members Who Like MetroidEdit

The following Members of the Munch Munch Cafe are fans of Metroid:

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