Metroid: Zero Mission

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  • Summary: She's battled baddies on nearly every Nintendo system, and now, Samus Aran returns to her roots. Metroid: Zero Mission relives the story that started it all--revealing for the first time full details of her meeting with the Metroids. The plotline will be familiar to longtime fans of theShe's battled baddies on nearly every Nintendo system, and now, Samus Aran returns to her roots. Metroid: Zero Mission relives the story that started it all--revealing for the first time full details of her meeting with the Metroids. The plotline will be familiar to longtime fans of the Metroid series, but the challenges are new, the power-ups are plentiful, and the graphics and sound are supercharged. Plus, if you thought that the original Metroid had a surprise ending, wait until you get past the Mother Brain in Metroid: Zero Mission. A new twist provides a deeper adventure than ever before. Expand
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  1. 100
    Rarely does a game (much less a GBA one) keep the player so constantly surprised. [Mar 2004, p.75]
  2. A masterpiece...This is the epitome of Metroid gameplay. The designers carefully mix all the best elements from the other games and layer them on top of the already brilliant level design and concepts of the original Metroid.
  3. A great bit of gaming that should be enjoyed instead of rushed so make sure you explore the whole game because it will all be over too soon. I guess all wonderful things come in small packages.
  4. 90
    The original Metroid is also an unlockable bonus, which provides a great demonstration of how far video games have come in just under two decades.
  5. Besides the slight easiness and linearity of the main game, there isn't much to complain about. There is an added bonus to this game in that the game actually has further story after you escape from Zebes, and the gameplay goes in a direction never explored in the Metroid series.
  6. Buy--don't rent this game as it is one to keep in your library and show off to future generations.
  7. Although Zero Mission's overwhelming quality wins out in the end, the first play reveals a game that's just too slick for its own good, toeing the fine line between a fun, streamlined experience and a hollow, transient one.

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  1. Feb 14, 2011
    10
    A true masterpiece of 2D gaming. For me, this is the best Metroid game in existance. The balance and refinement of the gameplay is at it'sA true masterpiece of 2D gaming. For me, this is the best Metroid game in existance. The balance and refinement of the gameplay is at it's zenith for the series. It just cannot be improved upon. The difficulty, the sense of exploration with just the right amount of guidence, the controls, the graphics.... Perfect! Expand
  2. Jan 19, 2016
    10
    So happy to see this classic hit the eShop, and even happier that Fusion's annoying computer is absent here -- this plays a lot more likeSo happy to see this classic hit the eShop, and even happier that Fusion's annoying computer is absent here -- this plays a lot more like Super Metroid, with the same eerie atmosphere, tricky puzzles and tight gameplay. Love it! Expand
  3. Ramiro
    Feb 2, 2004
    10
    This has to be one of the most asthetically pleasing games i have seen recently, the drastic overhaul of the Graphics and the play mechanics This has to be one of the most asthetically pleasing games i have seen recently, the drastic overhaul of the Graphics and the play mechanics is awinspireing. I simply cannot wait to obtain a copy of this fine feat of art. If any one dares to call this game a simple remake, they should get their eyes checked and possible consult a tharapist, because they are certainly missing the genious behind the retelling of this game. Expand
  4. Sep 14, 2020
    10
    An amazing game. One of the best metroidvania ever made. The graphics and sound are amazing even for today standards. This game is way moreAn amazing game. One of the best metroidvania ever made. The graphics and sound are amazing even for today standards. This game is way more open and less linear than fusio, however there are less bosses and are a bit easier overall. Nontheless a must-play Expand
  5. Ridley
    Aug 16, 2008
    9
    A good Metroid, but not the best, it's an excellent place to start the series with because it's easy and short and it retells the A good Metroid, but not the best, it's an excellent place to start the series with because it's easy and short and it retells the original game. It lacks the scale and balanced difficulty of Super Metroid and toned down from Metroid Fusion and it doesn't try to break any new ground like Fusion or the excellent original Metroid Prime. My only real complaint is once I started to get into it, it was over. I personally prefer Super and Fusion, but by no means does that make this game inferior. Definitely check it out. Expand
  6. Nov 7, 2017
    9
    Zero Mission is a remake of classic Metroid for NES and it is best Metroid game to start with the series. Short and easy, but still very funZero Mission is a remake of classic Metroid for NES and it is best Metroid game to start with the series. Short and easy, but still very fun and looks and sounds great on little gba screen. Expand
  7. Nov 1, 2017
    5
    Sorry, Zero Sammy, but you'll never compare to your Justin Bailey sister.

    Your hair isn't even neon green for chrissake! Oh. And this
    Sorry, Zero Sammy, but you'll never compare to your Justin Bailey sister.

    Your hair isn't even neon green for chrissake!

    Oh. And this game features security cameras which can detect the smallest pixel of your toe hanging below a ledge. Yay for realism in a game about destroying space pirates and geega holtz.
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#2 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
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#4 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2004