Dreaming in Digital’s Conclusion to the Top SNES Games of All Time

2 Nov

1818: Super Metroid (1994, Nintendo)

Metroid is yet another example of Nintendo’s illustrious game series. Building on the original NES game and it’s sequel on Game Boy, the third Metroid game was extremely polished in gameplay and presented with a level of cinematic personality that had never been seen before in an action game.

Samus Aran is the main character of Super Metroid. She is a former soldier turned mercenary with connections to a now-extinct race of aliens in her past. She’s also notable as being one of the very first female protagonists in gaming and is certainly the first to achieve so much success in the industry. As with most of the Metroid games, Samus has an objective and he is set loose on a world completely free for the player to explore. There are no levels, no extra lives, and no score. Exploration is the goal every new tool and weapon you discover will allow Samus to unlock new pathways and fight her way deeper into the maze and her chance to end the schemes of her nemesis Ridley and the space pirates he leads.

To say this game was polished would be an understatement. Not only is it often seen on lists of top games of all time and was the foundation of what would became a completely new genre in gaming known today as the Metroidvania. Many superb games owe their origins to Super Metroid and are excellent in their own right from the renowned classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night to modern releases like Axiom Verge and the newly announced La-mulana 2. Unless you hate action games or haven’t delved into the Super Nintendo era, there’s a very high chance that you’ve already played this game. if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?

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