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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Metroid is a series of running, jumping and exploration games where you play bounty hunter Samus Aran who protects the galaxy from the Space Pirates. It includes the platforming of a Mario game, but the focus is more on fighting enemies, finding new equipment and gaining access to new areas. You start with minimal weapons and slowly gain these as you progress.

You fight a range of different aliens to get to new rooms and gain power-up upgrades. It's frantic action at times, but once the enemies are dead the play switches to exploring and mapping the room-based environments. It's a simple loop that is used to build tension and discovery. With a foreboding soundtrack and often dark visuals, you make your way forward against the odds.

Metroid games have endured over the years with over 18 million games sold. The original side-scrolling platform games are:
  • Metroid (1986) NES, Gameboy Advance
  • Metroid II: Return of Samus (1991) Gameboy
  • Super Metroid (1994) SNES, 3DS and Wii U
  • Metroid Fusion (2002) Gameboy Advance
  • Metroid: Zero Mission (2004) Gameboy Advance, Wii U (remake of Metroid)
  • Metroid: Other M (2010) Wii
  • Metroid: Samus Returns (2017) 3DS (remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus)
  • Metroid Dread (2021) Switch

Because of the remade games on newer systems you can play through the games chronologically as follows on modern systems:
  • Metroid: Zero Mission on Gameboy Advance
  • Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS
  • Super Metroid on 3DS or Wii U
  • Metroid Fusion on Gameboy Advance
  • Metroid Dread on Switch

The series moved into 3D platform games with the Metroid Prime games:
  • Metroid Prime (2002) Gamecube, Wii
  • Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (2004) Gamecube, Wii
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (2007) Wii
  • Metroid Prime Hunters (2006) DS
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force (2016) 3DS
  • Metroid Prime 4 (TBA)

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/08/1986, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GBA, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: Retro Studios (@RetroStudios)


Duration: This game will take between 14 hours and 19 hours to complete. Length of games in the series varies but most you can finish in under 20 hours.
Players: This is a single player game.


Metroid usually costs £3.59 to £39.99.


Switch Store Wii U £4.49
Switch Store 2DS|3DS £4.49

Metroid Fusion

Switch Store Wii U £6.29

Metroid II: Return Of Samus

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £3.59

Metroid Prime Hunters

Switch Store Wii U £8.99
Switch Store 2DS|3DS £8.99

Metroid Prime Trilogy

Switch Store Wii U £17.99

Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £34.99

Metroid: Other M

Switch Store Wii U £17.99

Metroid: Samus Returns

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £39.99

Metroid: Zero Mission

Switch Store Wii U £6.29
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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Content Rating

Metroid games have ranged in PEGI rating from PEGI 7 to PEGI 12 for different levels of violence. Metroid: Samus Returns is rated PEGI 7 for violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to human-like and fantasy characters, and pictures and sounds likely to be scary to young children. Features mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to human-like characters. Protagonist Samus flickers when hit by attacks, as do all the fantasy enemies. Enemies quickly disappear when defeated. There are some cinematic boss battles that feature tense and dark moments. The game sports a sci-fi setting that may be scary to young children.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Metroid Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@RetroStudios) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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