Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
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  1. 100
    Metroid Prime Hunters is simply amazing: It lives up to the pedigree of the series, the graphics are unbelievable, and it's the first truly excellent portable first-person shooter. It delivers in both single- and multiplayer in a way few games ever have.
  2. 100
    The controls are immaculate, and aside from a few plat-forming issues I had, works fantastically for all aspects of the game.
  3. The game moves fluidly, with very little slowdown. The environments tend to repeat (even on the first planet I'd occasionally get lost because several corridors all looked the same), but the detail is surprisingly nice for a DS title.
  4. The multiplayer, however, is where this release shines. This is by far the most successful implementation of Nintendo's WFC service as of so far, and stands as an essential buy for anybody interested in experiencing the online capabilities of the DS.
  5. This is a cracker. A lot of thought has clearly gone into making the most of the DS’s touch-screen capability here, and it works gloriously. Sure, you still walk down dark corridors blasting anything that moves, but here you are in control as never before.
  6. The sheer number of things to do and modes to play is epic, an honor previously reserved only for top-tier console titles and never even considered on a handheld.
  7. This title offers something that literally can't be found anywhere else; and fortunately, because of theextended development time, managed to improve upon Nintendo's Wi-Fi service as well.
  8. Games Master UK
    "Mario Kart" was good, but this is a cut above. [May 2006, p.52]
  9. 90
    Approximately as big as Metroid Prime on the GameCube, it's hard to imagine how Nintendo squeezed Hunters into a tiny DS cartridge. Metroid Prime: Hunters is a very polished game, suffering more from small quirks than actual flaws.
  10. 90
    Metroid Prime Hunters is easily the best handheld first person shooter developed to date, even with its somewhat high learning curve and cramp-inducing control.
  11. The solo campaign is somewhat lengthy, though nowhere near that of Prime or Echoes, but thankfully it is overshadowed by an online component that is truly the meat of the experience anyway.
  12. 90
    The controls are varied in style; thankfully there's something for everyone in play, although sometimes the touch screen jumps feel strange in stylus mode.
  13. With a great single player component and an even better multiplayer one, this game's overall score is only slightly hurt by the fact that the end of each level in single player is repetitive and the controls take some getting used too.
  14. Hunters is strictly for the hardcore, bloodthirsty gamers who live for fragfests. Moving Metroid from a slow-paced adventure to a nail-biting wrecking ball of explosions was a risky trick, but damn did it ever work.
  15. Finally, a handheld FPS that doesn't suck. It may not break new ground, but it's still great fun.
  16. The single-player mode is compelling and fun, the graphics are above par, controls are super-precise, the sounds are perfect, and multiplayer makes owning a DS worth every penny.
  17. NGC Magazine UK
    This is easily equatable with PC shooters or even classics like "GoldenEye." [May 2006, p.22]
  18. This is an awesome game, with a huge, huge scope; to its credit, it pulls everything off without a hitch.
  19. What the franchise loses in the transition from console to handheld, it makes up with intuitive control and the best multiplayer the DS has to offer. You'll be playing this one for a long time.
  20. Metroid Prime: Hunters is a phenomenal game that uses the DS to its fullest potential in terms of graphical ability and innovation.
  21. The best handheld first person shooter on the market, the best multiplayer Metroid game, and one of the best reasons to own a DS.
  22. Metroid Prime: Hunters is excellent and shows that FPS can be well done on portables.
  23. A welcome addition to the DS. This is one system that is kicking ass as far as support goes. The online multi-player component is just the icing on an already deliciously rich cake. A must-purchase for shooter fans.
  24. This is probably the best first person shooter you’ll ever play on a handheld. Then again that may not sit will with Metroid purists given the series roots as an adventure title.
  25. Precise controls and a worthwhile multiplayer mode are the highlights of Hunters, a Metroid Prime game that feels more like a first-person shooter than the GameCube games.
  26. A great achievement for the DS that should be worth the wait for fans of the series and those dying for a fully-fleshed out FPS with online capabilities on the dual screen system.
  27. Nintendo Power
    Hunters is new-school, action-packed, and a great addition to the growing collection of Wi-Fi titles. [May 2006, p.86]
  28. Metroid has been taken into first-person shooter territory and has done so with a rock-solid multiplayer experience.
  29. 85
    Boss battles in a Metroid game are always something to behold, but the confrontations in Hunters are somewhat lacking the grandeur the Gamecube titles possessed.
  30. Play Magazine
    Metroid Prime: Hunters is born from incredible pedigree, and it certainly shows. [May 2006, p.56]
  31. Game Informer
    While the single-player adventure falls just shy of the grandeur of some Metroid games, the new multiplayer game positively electrifies the experience. [May 2006, p.111]
  32. It's high-quality work all the way, from the production design to the responsive (if crushing) controls and utterly smooth online play.
  33. Don't buy this game expecting an experience like the GameCube Metroid Prime titles. This is Quake with a thin layer of Metroid paint. But hey, that's okay if you like Quake.
  34. Not only does the DS again innovate the industry by allowing players to utilize the touchscreen as a pseudo mouse look, but the inclusion of online multiplayer extends this game well past the single player mode.
  35. The game's controls take a bit of time to get used to, but once you get the hang of it, you'll realize NST has done an extraordinary job in bringing Samus to the Nintendo DS...You'd be hard-pressed to find a better online title for the Nintendo DS.
  36. Not a life-changing experience (if you discount the coming years of physiotherapy on my arms) but it is an astoundingly competent first-person shooter. While the multiplayer mode is a flimsy experience unless you have friends you can rely on, the single-player mode offers a worthy adventure even for players who don't ever expect to take the game online.
  37. 80
    FPS fans should appreciate the rich Metroid universe, and Metroid fans should recognize the technical achievements NST pulled off. Then everybody can be happy.
  38. Hunters is really two games; one is fantastic, the other is not. One is easily worth buying if you have good access to wireless Internet, while the other feels slapped together to dupe hardcore Metroid fans and to put "Action-Packed Single-Player Mode!" on the back of the box.
  39. If nothing else, Hunters establishes itself as a solid and important entry into the Metroid canon with new elements like peripheral characters and a revamped game structure packaged in a more streamlined, enjoyable adventure than its immediate predecessor. For that alone it deserves respect.
  40. AceGamez
    What Nintendo has really done with this game is set the bar extremely high for any future portable FPS title that even wants to be considered above average.
  41. Edge Magazine
    The singleplayer adventure is yet another sprawling, puzzle-heavy artefact hunt which, truth be told, is far bigger than we had any right to expect. [May 2006, p.89]
  42. games(TM)
    Broken arms aside, Metroid on the DS is a smooth, attractive and compelling FPS that shows what the machine is capable of, cramming in a fulfilling multi-player mode to boot. [May 2006, p.106]
  43. Pelit (Finland)
    Metroid Prime Hunters has the Metroid Prime atmosphere, but suffers from simplified content, which is not compensated in any way in the adventure mode. Nice multiplayer options, though! [May 2006]
  44. The most explosive (and fun) multi-player game out there for the DS. You will love it if you strive to master the controls.
  45. The potential of the technologically disruptive DS is just beginning to be exploited. Metroid Prime: Hunters is a great game, and one that really should shift systems. Buy it, play it, and you’ll understand.
  46. Computer Games Magazine
    Hunters is a grand handheld shooter with as darling an interface as you could hope for. Everything else--and ther's plenty--is gravy. [July 2006, p.90]
  47. Nintendo DS fans along with Metroid fans will be happy with the expansive multiplayer side of Metroid along with a solid FPS experience in the adventure mode.
  48. A decent FPS single player game with an excellent online component.
  49. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Thankfully, the control works well and makes for adequately thrilling online multiplayer...well, as thrilling as a four-player king of the hill match can be. [May 2006, p.109]
  50. It was like the developers couldn’t decide whether they wanted to make a killer single player mode or a killer multiplayer mode. So instead, players have to settle for average in both departments.
  51. 70
    For single player only experience, this game is [60] and below. If you've got the friends and a WiFi connection, the game is [an 80] and above.
  52. netjak
    Too many of my experiences with this game were about boredom and annoyance.
  53. 60
    This feels like yet another genre shoehorned poorly onto hardware that just isn’t equipped to handle it.

Awards & Rankings

#2 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
#4 Most Shared DS Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 196 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 196
  1. JasonL.
    Mar 2, 2007
    This is great! It's long and fun. Enjoyed it for about 60 hours! I give a 10.
  2. May 10, 2012
    Poor single player, but the multiplayer is excellent and very polished. A blast to play with friends especially since you only need one card.Poor single player, but the multiplayer is excellent and very polished. A blast to play with friends especially since you only need one card. Other stand outs include the graphics and decent soundtrack. Still, it definitely doesn't have the same atmosphere as the console series. It's more like a sampler, though without the innovation or creative level design that the console games are famous for. Full Review »
  3. RichardF.
    Jun 19, 2007
    A good multiplayer game ruined by a single player mode with (as people have rightly said) literally painful and frustratingly awkward A good multiplayer game ruined by a single player mode with (as people have rightly said) literally painful and frustratingly awkward controls, repetitive bosses, some head-explodingly confusing level design, respawning enemies, etc. If they were going to put so little effort into the single player mode they shouldn't really have bothered at all. Full Review »