Thursday, April 8, 2010


This weeks game in our Parlor is Metroid. First one to get the furthest wins a prize!

1 comment:

Bill Morton said...

Watching the Metroid speed run. This is just too fast! Anyone who knows me well is aware that I spent a lot of time in 1986 mastering this game. In fact, this was one of the first games I ever owned.

It was Christmas of 1985 when I received as a present my NES system, Metroid, Karate Champ, Kid Icarus, Super Mario Brothers/Duck Hunt and Burgertime. It was one of the best presents I had ever received, short of my BMX bike.

But enough about that! Here are the technical specs about Metroid:

Metroid (メトロイド, Metoroido) is a series of science fiction action-adventure video games conceived by designer Makoto Kanoh and artist Hiroji Kiyotake and produced by Nintendo. Metroid chronicles the missions of bounty hunter Samus Aran who protects the galaxy from the depredations of the Space Pirates and their attempts to harness the power of fictional organisms such as the eponymous Metroids. It is noted for having one of the first female protagonists in a video game, and for its nonlinear gameplay. Metroid combines the platforming of Super Mario Bros. and the exploration aspect of The Legend of Zelda with a decidedly darker atmosphere.

Metroid was also one of the first video games to feature an exploration to the left as well as the right, and backtracking to already explored areas to search for secret items and paths.

The Metroid games have been popular for speedrunning, which is the act of completing a game in the fastest time possible, since players often receive a better ending if they do so. Metroid had five different endings based on how quickly a player could complete the game, a design unheard of at the time.

I could go on and on, but it is more fun to play the game and see for yourself!