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. Samus
    Sep 29, 2004
    10
    Visually on par with Fusion, but this one has better gameplay. The reason that the 2 are tied the fact that this one has way to easy boss Visually on par with Fusion, but this one has better gameplay. The reason that the 2 are tied the fact that this one has way to easy boss battles (despite the frustrating mother brain) and fusion's battle's are as hard as hell, but fusion has s better plot (an actually brilliant plot with twists on the gba!) while this one's is just destroy th mother brain. Sad. And fusion does have better sound but zero mission has better gameplay making the 2 tied. Despite there differences content wise, the 2 are still the 2 best games ever made. The question is, will someone learn which is better? Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jan 26, 2004
    10
    It's metroid. 'nuff said kids.
  4. Aug 31, 2019
    10
    Great game ! The graphism and the music are awesome for a GBA game, the gameplay is absolutely perfect, the story is cool and the game designGreat game ! The graphism and the music are awesome for a GBA game, the gameplay is absolutely perfect, the story is cool and the game design is really clever ! Expand
  5. RaphaelR.
    Feb 22, 2004
    9
    This game is cool and itz good but i still think i like metroid fusion better but it is pretty good althought it is short i still recommendThis game is cool and itz good but i still think i like metroid fusion better but it is pretty good althought it is short i still recommend you to buy it cuse it is worth it. Expand
  6. Apr 8, 2017
    9
    pocos remakes pueden ser tan buenos como el metroid Zero Mission. Un lavado de cara visual a la aventura original, con una dificultad un pocopocos remakes pueden ser tan buenos como el metroid Zero Mission. Un lavado de cara visual a la aventura original, con una dificultad un poco mas baja acorde a los tiempos q corrian en ese entonces. Igual el juego no es solo un remake del metroid original, sino q es tambien un juego completamente nuevo, con una historia detallada q carecia el original contando la primera mision de Samus Aran contra los metroids, ademas del agregado final q complica el juego al poner mas enfasis en el sigilo gracias al Zero Suit 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