On May 15th, 2013 one of my favorite videogames of all time will be re-released, this time on the Wii U Virtual Console. It’s going to take all of my strength to keep this article somewhat short, because I could literally go on and on about this game for pages and pages. I promise I won’t do that to you. So, here’s my introduction to this game.
Let’s rewind a second, to where I first heard about this wonderful game. It all started with my brother’s subscription to Nintendo Power. Back in the late 80s and early 90s everyone had a sub to Nintendo Power. You weren’t normal if you didn’t :-P Anyways, I remember this issue fondly.
It was volume 60, and with it came my love for the game. I vividly remember going to Toys R Us and picking it up. I was so excited to finally get my hands on the game after seeing so many previews in Nintendo Power. You have to remember that back then there was no Internet so the only place to find out about the latest and greatest games was from magazines. Anyways, when I got home my brother and I put the game in our SNES, and the magic began.
We spent the next month or so playing nothing but Super Metroid. Sure the original Metroid offered exploration and action platforming, but it paled in comparison to this. There was something special going on here, something that’s never been replicated since. It was all the little details, like when you first arrive on Zebes and see no-one around, the feeling of being truly isolated on an alien world, and how when you ran Samus made little splashes on the ground with her boots. Maybe you had to be there, but it was so impressive to our young eyes, and even today the two of us still go back and play through this game at least once a year.
The core gameplay in Super Metroid was also incredible. From the giant areas to explore, to the wicked map, which made finding the secret items slightly easier because you could actually see where you hadn’t been before. It’s this one feature that makes returning to this game so easy, and why it’s so difficult to replay the original Metroid. Another reason is the weapons and how your powers improve over time. In Super Metroid progression feels natural and by the time you finish the game you feel like a true bad ass. In the original, even at the very end of the game you never quite managed to get that same feeling.
Speaking of endings, the last boss fight and sequence remains one of my favorite. It brought the Metroid series full circle, and made millions of people lifetime fans of the series. The following video shows exactly what I’m talking about. Make note that if you’ve never finished the game or even played it, DO NOT WATCH this video or you will be doing the biggest gaming injustice of your lifetime.
I promised I would keep this relatively short, and so I’m going to open the floor and let you all chime in with your fondest memories of this legendary game. Don’t be shy, I’m certain all of you have something to say about the greatness that is Super Metroid.