Metroid Review

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Posted: 5 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.


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
  • Metroid Fusion (2002) Gameboy Advance
  • Metroid: Zero Mission (2004) Gameboy Advance
  • Metroid: Other M (2010) Wii
  • Metroid: Samus Returns (2017) 3DS

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

Rating: PEGI 7+

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

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

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


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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.


Wii U £4.49
2DS|3DS £4.49

Metroid Fusion

Wii U £6.29

Metroid II: Return Of Samus

2DS|3DS £3.59

Metroid Prime Hunters

Wii U £8.99
2DS|3DS £8.99

Metroid Prime Trilogy

Wii U £17.99

Metroid Prime: Federation Force

2DS|3DS £34.99

Metroid: Other M

Wii U £17.99

Metroid: Samus Returns

2DS|3DS £39.99

Metroid: Zero Mission

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

Metroid has been rated between ESRB EVERYONE and TEEN. Metroid: Samus Returns is rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ with Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes. From a side-scrolling perspective, players run and jump through platform environments while battling various alien creatures. Players use an arm cannon to shoot laser projectiles at enemies; players can also use a slashing melee attack to defeat stronger enemies. Alien creatures generally cry out in pain then disappear when defeated. Some hand-drawn images briefly depict dead aliens on the ground. One scene briefly depicts an alien corpse in a puddle of green blood. Depending on how fast players complete the game, Samus is either shown wearing her full suit, her suit minus the helmet, or a leotard underneath the suit at the elapsed time-completion screen.


We haven't recorded accessibility settings for this game yet. Our Metroid Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features.

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