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|Metroid - Zero Mission Review by: name543
Metroid:Zero Mission. Leaps and Bounds above it's inspiration
I have to admit.. I wasn't a fan of the original Metroid. The graphics struck me as dull to tell the truth and the game play never managed to suck me in and keep me playing. So of course, I wasn't very hopeful for this game. I expected it to be the original Metroid with a new coat of paint. After playing through it, I'm willing to admit I was very wrong.
Graphics: I was impressed with the graphics of this game. Especially the bosses. Each enemy and environment made me at least stop to admire it for a moment. Each environment had graphics that really showed what the GBA was capable of, providing the perfect backdrop for your adventure. As I said before, this is especially true with the bosses. Kraid managed to be intimidating in this game, which is more than I could say for him in the original Metroid. Ridley actually looked like a large, deadly dragon in this game. Mother Brain also had a marked improvement, showed by the detail that was put into her. Mecha Ridley even managed to be intimidating. The amazing backdrops, along with the great looking sprites are what made me give this game it's high graphics score. The cut-scenes even further show off the graphics, with detailed sprites and crisp graphics I didn't expect to see in a GameBoy game.
Sound: Of course, graphics aren't much if you don't have good sounds to really improve the experience. I was glad to see that this game didn't disappoint sound-wise either. Each weapon made a satisfying noise when it made contact. This helped imagine the impact after each weapon connected. The music was also amazing, especially the music in Kraid's lair. The soundtrack really was a high point for me in this game, which really surprised me. This is a GameBoy game that was making me stop and listen to the music, a first for me.
Addictiveness: As you probably know from all other Metroid games, this game can be very addictive. This mostly owes to the large amount of collectibles that cover every area of the game. Each one is rewarding, making you just that little bit more powerful for the next wave of aliens you need to kill. This means you'll spend a lot of time looking for each one. But likely, you won't even find them all in your first play through, this is part of the reason this game is so addictive. It makes you want to check every nook and cranny, trying to find every item you can. Especially in the time limit for the best ending, adding even more replay value in trying to get all the different endings. This is a game you'll most likely play at least twice, or even more time in order to collect everything in the shortest times possible.
Story: The story in this game is another aspect I didn't expect. Especially with the addition of cut-scenes. This makes it easier to get a story through even though most of the game is just exploring. While I won't go into any spoilers, I will tell you that anyone who hasn't already seen this games story, will enjoy it. Especially a plot twist just when you think it's done. The cut-scenes I mentioned earlier also help contribute to this. Many of them manage to show at least a bit of the story, such as Mother Brain seeing Samus enter the planet. Or one near the end involving Samus and the Chozo. This game has one of the best stories of the 2d Metroid games. Maybe only beaten by Super Metroid or Fusion.
Depth: Do I even have to go into the depth of this game? As you've probably noticed from my earlier mentions, this game has a lot of depth to it. Especially with the items. Each area has plentiful extra rooms that you'll never have to enter, but can get you extra items for looking for them. The maps you find through the game helps, as you'll definitely need to know the layout of the world if you really want to get a a hundred percent completion. Even better, it offers a playable version of the original Metroid in it. So even though I'm not a fan of the original, this game has the original for you if you really want to play that.
Difficulty:I found this game pretty difficult through my first play through. Though it might get easier each time you play, your first run will probably involve getting lost at least once or twice. You might even need a guide to find your way through the areas. The enemies also can prove challenging sometimes, especially when lava is involved that you might accidentally get knocked into. Most of the bosses prove to be difficult to beat. Though Ridley and Mecha Ridley were much easier than I would have expected at this point in the game. Mecha Ridley can be challenging though for those collecting everything, as it's much more powerful if you have all the items in the game. Mother Brain was definitely the most challenging point for me though, needing to dodge attacks while attempting not to fall into the lava on the floor.
Wrapping up:In conclusion, this game really surprised me with how good it was. I was expecting the original Metroid game with better graphics. Which though it did have much better graphics, it really improved on every single part of the game. If you're a fan of the Metroid series, I'd say this game is a must play for you.
Metroid - Zero Mission Box Description: 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 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.
Metroid - Zero Mission Description: Pirates have stolen an unknown life-form, recently discovered on the planet SR388. The life-form, called Metroid, is in a state of suspended animation and, according to analysis, was the cause of the complete destruction of SR388. If it ever got loose, the alien could destroy countless other systems.
The pirates have taken the being to the planet Zebes and are fending off the Galactic Federation's attacks. It is up to the space bounty hunter Samus Aran to find her way into the planet's core, destroy the pirates, and take back the alien before the pirates complete their plans of world destruction.
Zero Mission takes Samus back to her first battle with Mother Brain, expanding on the original story line and action from the original Nintendo classic, Metroid, with updated visuals, new puzzles to solve, and cut scenes filling in the personal story of Samus.
The player can perform moves taken from the original game, along with additions taken from the last GBA mission, Metroid Fusion, including the power grab. This game can also be linked to Metroid Fusion to unlock special extras.
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255 Missiles, All Upgrades, No Suit 000000 000020 --y000 000001?
As the 12-X 12-K code, but with all powerups XX---X XXXXXX MKKKKK KKKKNN
As the other Yokoi code, but you have the ball gunpei yokoi? X11151 XXXXXn
At Start, but no Maru Mari 0G0000 000000 000000 000001
Best Ending, No Suit, at end X----- --N?WO dV-Gm9 W01GMI
Debug Mode, this messes up gameplay :) BOMBS_ MISSLE SCREW_ ATACK_ (see above)
Hard Mode 999999 999999 KKKKKK KKKKKK
Infinite missiles, Infinite Health, and all upgrades. NARPAS SWORD0 000000 000000
Morph Ball & Bombs at Start 000000 000000 4G0000 00000H
Norfair, armored, with no ball, and not the greatest ending if you finish gunpei yokoi? X11111 XXXXXn
Reset 000000 000008 000000 000008
Ridley & Kraid Killed, their statues hit, 255 missiles, 100%, No Suit, Mother Brain Killed, In Norfair y19pVz YMRGC4 WV--00 0000XT
Ridley and Kraid Killed 000000 000008 000000 00K01O
Start at Tourian, fully powered, ready for the 2nd ending V - - - - - - r - e69 t?A00e 00M04p
Start at Tourian, fully powered, ready for the 3rd ending X - - - - - - - N?WO dVue08 001GL2
Start at Tourian, fully powered, ready for the 4th ending OV - - - - - - r - e6 9t?A08 000GTq
Start at Tourian, fully powered, ready for the 5th ending 7 - - - - - - zVw1Y T - YW01 - W5WCl
Start at Tourian, fully powered, ready for the best ending 5X - - - - - - - N?W OdVue0 0000iu
Start at Tourian, fully powered, suitless Samus, ready for the best ending 0iF - - - - - - w - q 3ax - 50 0000wx
Start with Screw Attack 000000 000000 200000 000008
Suitless Samus JUSTIN BAILEY / ------ ------
Suitless Samus at Start. 000000 000020 000000 000020
Suitless Samus, start on Norfair, infinite missles, blonde and brown hair color instead of green and lime, no items or upgrades except for missles. SAMUS8 RIDLEY 444444 444444
Suitless Samus, Virtually Nothing, In Tourian XXXXXX XXXXXXX KKKKKK KKKKKK
This will start you at Kraid's Lair with the Long Beam, Ice Beam, Bombs, High Jump Boots, Screw Attack, Varia, Suitless Samus, and 255 Missles. JUSTIN BAILEY ~~~~~~
You start with Maru Mari, Long Beam, Bomb, Jump Boots, Varia, Ice Beam, Screw Attack. Your Icebeam looks like the Wave Beam, and you start in Norfair JUSTIN BAILEY (6 spaces) 000000
Samus at a bar in a red top and shorts Beat the game under 2 hours and 100% in Normal.
Samus in a red top and shorts, walking around a city Beat the game over 2 hours and 100% in Normal or Hard.
Samus in full armor sitting on a rock Beat the game in Easy or in over 4 hours and above 15% in Normal or Hard.
Samus in just her blue jumpsuit Beat the game under 2 hours and above 15% in Normal and Hard.
Samus over looking a city in a red top and shorts Beat the game under 2 hours and 100% in Hard.
Samus sitting near a window in a red top and shorts Beat the game below 15% in Normal.
Samus standing in full armor, with a close of her face without it in the background Beat the game below 15% in Hard.
Samus without her helmet looking at the sunset Beat the game around 3 hours and above 15% in Normal or Hard.
Fusion Gallery Link up with Metroid Fusion
Gallery Beat the game once (images will be added when you beat the game differently)
Hard Mode Beat the game once on Normal
Original Metroid Beat the game once
Sound Test Beat Hard Mode Once
Harder Version of Final Boss
Normally, the final boss fight is pretty simple-it only takes 5 super missile hits to kill him, if you target the core.
However, if you achieve a 100% item collection rate, the boss will take 15 super missiles to kill, and will do 50% more damage, which varies with your difficulty level. So, if you have 100% on hard mode, the boss will take out three tanks with one swipe of his claw, instead of two.
Open New Time Attack mode
To open Time Attack Mode in which you get a password for your clear time and percent, choose a file that has the green+yellow Samus symbol and hit the A button. When you see the 'Start Game' option, simply hit Up, Left, Right, then Down on the d-pad and 'New Time Attack' will appear.
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