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Metroid 2: The Return Of Samus review

Discover where that baby Metroid came from

You need Metroid 2: Return Of Samus if you're a completist. After all, this Game Boy adventure tells the story of how Samus Aran met the baby Metroid, setting us up for Super Metroid and Metroid: Other M.

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Heaven help you if this is your first Metroid game, though, as it can seem impenetrable. You're dumped in a location (Planet SR388) with no idea as to where to go and no map to guide you on your mission to shoot down 39 Metroids.

It doesn't help that the black and white visuals mean many locations look similar and you may struggle to work out where you have and haven't visited.

However, these monochrome backgrounds do heighten the feeling of bleak isolation for which the Metroid series is famous.

However, once you get to grips with Metroid 2 and have broken through some of the secret passages in the walls, you'll find that it has more to it than most Game Boy titles.

With some great power-ups to collect, including the Space Jump, Plasma Beam and Spider Ball, this is an enjoyable game that isn't just for hardcore fans.


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  1. Shinnos Friday 16th Dec 2011 at 14:20

    I downloaded this the other week. I'm enjoying it, but the lack of a map made things a bit tricky and I kept backtracking on myself. Printed a map off of the internet to help me get my bearings and I'm enjoying it a lot more!

  2. MartinIsAwesome Friday 16th Dec 2011 at 14:39

    I will get round to downloading this, but with the all the Chistmas Season games and the 10 GBA Ambassador games, I'll feel like I'm being greedy.

  3. Ai64 Friday 16th Dec 2011 at 15:04

    Downloaded this gem a few weeks ago. Despite the lack of map, it still plays well. =)

  4. falconpunch94 Friday 16th Dec 2011 at 15:09

    I reccomend getting the actual cart and playing on a GBA to get the game in colour, even better play it on a Super Game Boy. I love this game though and it is really underrated, hopeful more people will try it since it's out on the eShop though.

  5. The_BAAD_Man Sunday 18th Dec 2011 at 18:56

    I fondly remember borrowing and completing this some 16 years ago!

    The lack of a map is a little daunting, but this is a rewarding, yet challenging game.
    I recently bought my own original copy of the game and playing this on the Game Cube Player is really fantastic. I'd definitely recommend it in any format though!

  6. the fly guy Monday 19th Dec 2011 at 10:30

    Your a poet and you didn't even know it.

  7. Super Andre Saturday 24th Dec 2011 at 08:23

    someone Please tell me is it harder then Matroid for the NES.

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