So, I'm kind of a Metroid addict. Ever since the first time I played through the first one, being the very first NES game I ever played through to completion (even before Super Mario Bros or The Legend of Zelda), I had to pick this up. I bought it a few months ago, if I'm not mistaken it was released in late 2010 or early 2011, so Its been around. I don't know anyone else who bought it, or even played it so I went into the experience completely blind. I'll tell you, this is a very refreshing take on the whole Metroid history.

Ever since the Gamecube (even on the DS) Metroid games have been largely First-Person. A very cool departure from the original side scrolling, platformers that preceded it. The team who put out all of the "Prime" games did a really good job of marrying the adventure/platform, find-your-scattered-gear-to-gain-access-to-previously-attainable-areas style game that Metroid is basically famous for. Prime, Prime 2 and Prime 3 were the perfect blend of Super Metroid style exploration and Halo style heads up combat. Other M takes it back to the side-scroll platform days, which was something I didn't at all expect.

The game takes place in-between the SNES classic, Super Metroid and anything that happened during the PRIME era. It was designed by Team NINJA, the guys who revamped the Ninja Gaiden series for the XBox. It feels a lot like a Ninja Gaiden game, as far as how the maps are laid out, how the enemies come at you, and how you dispatch them. The best part about this is it also holds true to the extreme exploration, giant-boss-battle, find-the-weapon-to-open-this-door type of gameplay that I just never seem to get enough of.

I haven't finished it yet, because I acquired Skyrim for xmas and haven't played anything else since. But I am probably about half way through it and I can say, with confidence that if you're a fan of any of the previous games and want a solid change of pace, or you just need a fun game for your Wii that isn't Mario, Sonic or Zelda, pick this up.

I kind of wish Team Ninja would pick up Castlevania and give it the same treatment.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 02/26/2012 at 12:39am

Awesome, this game sounds like a good one to get because, like you mention, my Wii doesn't get much love outside of the standard Wii titles.

I think Super Metroid was one of the best SNES games of that era, the story and tone were very well done. Returning to that side scrolling element sounds interesting to me as I never really did jump on board the Prime bandwagon. Then again, ive largely heard that Metroid Prime: 3 is fantastic.

Travis   Admin wrote on 02/27/2012 at 02:11pm

Have you tried Shadow Complex? That's an amazing Metroid-type game. It's written by Orson Scott Card, who is an amazing writer if a major asshole. It's more near-future Sci-Fi, you're just a guy who finds cool weapons and tools that allow you to do things you previously couldn't. Easily my favorite downloadable XBox Live game.

krcDeuce   Supporter wrote on 02/29/2012 at 04:30pm

I finished this game. Awesome. I played every night after everyone was asleep. Even got freaked out a bit. I was not disappointed in the least.

burn   Post Author wrote on 02/29/2012 at 05:46pm

besides this, I dont think I've played a Wii Game since Star Wars Force Unleashed.. cause, you know.. force powers are way more badass when you're throwing your arms around like a medicated mongoloid.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 03/01/2012 at 04:11am

Ive heard Skyward Sword is pretty awesome. I plan on getting that one on the Wii.

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