Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 100
    The controls are immaculate, and aside from a few plat-forming issues I had, works fantastically for all aspects of the game.
  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. "Mario Kart" was good, but this is a cut above. [May 2006, p.52]
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Metroid Prime: Hunters is a phenomenal game that uses the DS to its fullest potential in terms of graphical ability and innovation.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Metroid Prime: Hunters is excellent and shows that FPS can be well done on portables.
  16. This is an awesome game, with a huge, huge scope; to its credit, it pulls everything off without a hitch.
  17. 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.
  18. Finally, a handheld FPS that doesn't suck. It may not break new ground, but it's still great fun.
  19. The best handheld first person shooter on the market, the best multiplayer Metroid game, and one of the best reasons to own a DS.
  20. This is an awesome game, with a huge, huge scope; to its credit, it pulls everything off without a hitch.
  21. This is easily equatable with PC shooters or even classics like "GoldenEye." [May 2006, p.22]
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 152 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 63
  2. Negative: 6 out of 63
  1. JasonL.
    Mar 2, 2007
    This is great! It's long and fun. Enjoyed it for about 60 hours! I give a 10.
  2. 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 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 »
  3. HamishB.
    Sep 8, 2006
    Metroid Prime Hunters