|Date(s):||August 6, 1986|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|External Links:||Metroid official website|
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Metroid is a sci-fi action-adventure video game series created by Nintendo.
The series chronicles the missions of space-faring bounty hunter Samus Aran, who protects the galaxy from the depredations of the Space Pirates and their attempts to harness the power of the eponymous Metroids. The series consists of twelve games that were released on almost every Nintendo video game console. It has been represented in other Nintendo media, including the Super Smash Bros. series. Additional media for the Metroid series has also been released, including soundtracks, comic books and manga adaptations.
- Metroid II: Return of Samus
- Super Metroid
- Metroid Fusion
- Metroid Prime
- Metroid: Zero Mission
- Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
- Metroid Prime Pinball
- Metroid Prime Hunters
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
- Metroid: Other M
- Metroid Prime: Federation Force
- Metroid: Samus Returns
- Metroid Prime 4
2016 was by and large seen by fans as the culmination of what can be considered a dark age for the franchise. After six years of no new installments in the series following the divisive and underperforming Other M, Metroid Prime: Federation Force was released to disastrous reception and low sales, and a consensus amongst fans that, though it might have attempted, it ultimately failed to undo the damage done by Other M. Around the same time, Nintendo issued the controversial DMCA takedown of Another Metroid 2 Remake, and then largely failed to acknowledge, much less celebrate the series' 30th Anniversary. With Nintendo's E3 2017 event announcing Metroid Prime 4, their own remake of Metroid 2 (which includes a soundtrack disc in retail versions), and two Metroid-themed amiibo, fan optimism has undergone a great and rapid revival.
- Metroided - To have all of the abilities, equipment, powerups, etc, removed from a character in a videogame. Often happens at the start, or just before the start, of the game. Occasionally happens in the mid-to-late stages, but usually doesn't last for long. The term comes from the game, Metroid, where a player is usually stripped of all powers just before the game starts, forcing a long and difficult (though actually enjoyable) journey though the planet/space-station to recollect the various abilities you had at the beginning, so that you might destroy the final boss.
AM2R, short for Another Metroid 2 Remake, a fangame developed by Milton Guasti under the pseudonym DoctorM64, and released in August 2016, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Metroid series. Shortly after the game's release, Nintendo sent DMCA notices to websites hosting AM2R; download links to the game were removed from its official website, and in September 2016, Guasti ended the development of AM2R after a further DMCA take down request from Nintendo.