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The best Metroid game of all time


In honor of the two’s recent 20th anniversary Merge Metroid and Prime Minister Metroidwe are reviewing the list of the best Metroids ever ranked by our readers.

Remember, this rating is based on Game User Ratings in our database and is subject to real-time change even now. If you haven’t already rated your Metroid collection, please add your scores and potentially influence the order below. Interesting!


What is the best? Metroid Game of all time? Revealed and released in 2021 of ‘Metroid 5’, aka fear of Metroid, sparked a wave of excitement and kept many of us coming back to revisit games in the franchise or catch up on games we missed the first time around. We have compiled our personal ranking of the best Metroid games from long time ago with great Prime Minister Metroid at number one, but while we enjoy the Dread – and patiently wait for more information on the non-stop development Prime Minister 4 — we think it’s time for Nintendo Life readers to speak up.

We asked you to rate your favorites and now we proudly present Reader ratings Summary of every Metroid game ever. Remember, This list is not permanent. The ratings below dynamically update based on the User Ratings of each game in the Nintendo Life game database. This means that it is quite possible to affect the order right now. If you haven’t already rated your favorite Metroid games, simply click on the ‘star’ of the game you want to rate, specify a score and potentially influence the list.

Ready? Let’s recharge our Armed Cannons, replenish our Missiles and head out…

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Note: We have included both remakes and spin-offs, although there are some exclusions: Metroid Prime Hunters: The First Hunt and Metroid Prime: Ball Blast Both are essentially demo versions of the games with the underlying feature, so they’ve been omitted, as is the GBA NES Classics port of the original.

We have also included Metroid Prime trio which, as the title suggests, is a compilation of three Prime games. If this annoys you, just imagine it’s not there and you’ll have your rankings in individual games. That’s it!

Metroid Prime: Federal Forces (3DS)

Metroid Prime: Federal Forces (3DS)

Publishing company: Nintendo / Developers: Next level game

Release date: August 19, 2016 (USA) / September 2, 2016 (United Kingdom/EU)

Despite the overwhelming hate, it was subject to subsequent release, Metroid Prime: Federation Forces is a very impressive package, slick and playable — our only real complaint is that during online play the lack of voice chat becomes annoying and the built-in chat functionality of The game is an inappropriate substitute. Aside from that, Next Level Games has treated the franchise with the respect it deserves when it comes to successfully bringing co-op multiplayer into the Prime universe, albeit in a form that doesn’t please those who don’t. die-hard fans have been starving for ‘proper’ Metroid content.

While you don’t get to play as Samus, this game is all about the unknown soldier — an ordinary marine who has signed up for military service in the Galactic Federation. Once you have accepted the Federation Forces To be than what it Notit turned out to be a much easier game to enjoy and a perfectly decent Metroid spin-off.

Metroid Prime: Hunter (DS)

Metroid Prime: Hunter (DS)

Publishing company: Nintendo / Developers: Nintendo Software Technology

Release date: March 20, 2006 (USA) / May 5, 2006 (United Kingdom/EU)

Metroid Prime: Hunter it’s Nintendo’s attempt to bring 3D first-person Metroid Prime gameplay to your DS, and all told it’s a pretty good game. It takes place between the events of the first two games in the Prime series and sees Samus investigating the Alimbic Cluster to find and recover artifacts scattered throughout the solar system. Meanwhile, she is hunted by six other bounty hunters vying for her blood.

It feels pretty limited these days, but on 2006’s DS, with three other players gathering around to play some multiplayer cards, this felt like a little bit of magic.

Metroid: Other M (Wii)

Metroid: Other M (Wii)

Publishing company: Nintendo / Developers: ninja team

Release date: August 31, 2010 (USA) / September 3, 2010 (United Kingdom/EU)

For some fans, something less talked about Metroid: Other US, better. In some quarters, Team Ninja’s take on the Metroid game was seen as a jumble of 2D and 3D ideas; a game that introduced loads of flashy fluff to disguise a very linear experience that felt counter to the ‘spirit’ of Metroid. The mix of 2D platforming and 3D combat isn’t suitable for multiplayer, and neither is the single Wiimote control scheme.

We’d be lying if we said we didn’t like it, though, and while it’s far from the series’ classics (to be fair, most of them), we don’t think The other M is worth the amount of vitriol it normally gets. It tried a few things, many of which didn’t work, but it’s certainly not just ‘more the same’ — we respect it for that.

Metroid Prime Pinball (DS)

Metroid Prime Pinball (DS)

Publishing company: Nintendo / Developers: Fuse Game

Release date: October 24, 2005 (USA) / June 22, 2007 (United Kingdom/EU)

Samus was up there with Kirby as a Chancellor (see what we did there?) candidate for the marbles game. Metroid Prime Pinball is as solid a spin (ball) as you could hope for, and the DS’ dual-screen feels very well matched with the innovative Metroid-themed panels inside. It also comes packed with a ‘rumble pak’ that sits in the GBA slot on your DS ‘Phat’ or DS ‘Lite’ and adds some subtle feedback as you ping Samus around the table. A fun and bug-free game.

Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB)

Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB)

Publishing company: Nintendo / Developers: NintendoR&D1

Release date: November 1991 (USA) / May 21, 1992 (United Kingdom/EU)

Metroid II: Return of Samus Expands on original title nicely. There’s still no map for the game’s massive world, which isn’t necessarily an issue due to the game’s linearity, although it can be a problem if you put it down for a while and don’t remember where you’ve been. . There’s plenty of exploration and hidden items to find, and the hunt and kill 39 Metroid is pretty fun. Though nowhere is as delicate as the 2D masterpiece that is Super Metroid, Metroid II performed better than the original NES game and is therefore still worth playing. Of course, the 3DS remake is arguably the best way to play the game these days, but the original still has its lo-fi appeal.

Metroit (NES)

Metroit (NES)

Publishing company: Nintendo / Developers: NintendoR&D1

Release date: August 15, 1987 (USA) / January 15, 1988 (United Kingdom/EU)

While it established the template of the series and pioneered a subtle blend of discovery and gradual empowerment, we have to be honest here: the original Metroid it can be hard to go back, even if you did play again during the day. The sound and atmosphere it evokes are still unbelievable, but the control tweaks and quality of life features we use today are barely available on the original Famicom Disk System/NES and the Going back without the right mindset and context can be frustrating.

Its biggest problem is the great Game Boy Advance remake Metroid: Mission Zero survive — truly the best way to experience Samus’ first adventure. The original has its appeal, though. You just have to dig deeper to find them these days.

Metroid: Return of Samus (3DS)

Metroid: Return of Samus (3DS)

Publishing company: Nintendo / Developers: steam mercury

Release date: September 15, 2017 (USA) / September 15, 2017 (United Kingdom/EU)

Game Boy sequel to the original Metroid on the NES was remarkable at the time, but if there’s a perfect candidate for a remake in Nintendo’s latter catalog, it’s it. MercurySteam did a great job updating Metroit IIof the 21st century, giving an entirely new audience the chance to experience an important chapter in the series’ story. Helpful additions like the map are paired with a new melee attack that offers a delicate balance between risk and reward and results in one of the best games on the system. It’s no surprise that Nintendo is partnering with the developer on fear of Metroid.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)

Publishing company: Nintendo / Developers: Classic movie set

Release date: August 27, 2007 (USA) / October 26, 2007 (United Kingdom/EU)

Introducing Wii Remote control to Retro’s Prime model, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is a great conclusion to the trilogy (well, until next item eventually turned it into a quad), a series of games that proved that Samus could not only survive the transition to 3D first-person shooter, but fully thrive in that genre. MP3:C as a separate disc later became a bit redundant with the release of the entire trilogy on one disc, but it’s still a jailbreak shooter in and of itself.

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