Saturday, February 4, 2012

7. Super Metroid (SNES)

Sadly, there haven’t been many 2d Metroids made, but sometimes less is more. Super Metroid exemplifies this saying by packing in a heaping ton of action in a tiny little cartridge. The premise of Super Metroid is the same as the first one on the NES, defeat the Space Pirates and their leader, Mother Brain. To do this, you’ll need to explore every crevice of the game to find a new path forward, as many entrances are blocked until you acquire a new ability. What makes Super Metroid so great is the feeling that you’re entirely alone on planet Zebes, and a new enemy lurks behind every corner. It’s a massive game, and you’ll never beat this in a few sittings, so forget about blazing your way through. Super Metroid also features a surprising final fight, where a baby metroid that you previously saved comes to your rescue. It’s a very emotional moment, especially for a game that has a minimalist plot. Also, Super Metroid features the coolest self-destruct sequence in video game history, as the whole planet Zebes is crumbling and about to blow, you have to run like a bat out of hell to get to your spaceship in time.

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