Top 10 Best Metroid Games

The Top Ten
1 Metroid Prime Metroid Prime Product Image

Metroid is and always will be my favorite video game franchise, and Metroid Prime adds to that reason. The game-play is awesome, the music is phenomenal, the first-person point of view is awesome, the scanning, the graphics still look great to this day for a GameCube game, and how it tells the story with no dialogue, even though Super Metroid did that. Now I'm kinda glad there was no Metroid game for N64, if they did make one, Metroid Prime most likely never would of been made. Though I am a bit bias. Anyway, Metroid Prime is the best Metroid game ever.

May be my favorite game ever. I only played it for the first time in 2009 when I bought Trilogy. It was the first Metroid game I played. After I have gone back and played The original and Super Metroid. They just don't make me want to play them again Maybe it was not getting health at save stations or the poor boss battles (when you fight Ridley in Super Metroid it just feels like your waiting to see who runs out of health first and dosen't feel like your skills helped win the battle. To this date I have replayed the Prime trilogy 4 times. I have also played Other M. Alright but flawed.

I've been an gamer for a long time. And Metroid have always had a special place in my heart. It's the only game series that beat Zelda. After I played Super Metroid I thought -"it can't get any better than this" and when I reed that a 3d Metroid was in the work in the Nintendo power magazine I was so hyped but also alittle sceptical. The when Gunpei Yokoi died I was both sad that the man wad gone but also that the Metroid franchise was in jeopardy. Then some years later, Metroid Prime was released and what can I say. Gunpei Yokoi would've been proud. Because Meteoid Prime is hands down, the best game ever created.

I didn't grow up with a Gamecube, so I played this for the first time in 2009 when I got to borrow a Gamecube and a copy of this one. All the scepticism I had felt because of the FPS-perspective completely vanished. It doesn't have any nostalgic value to me like Super Metroid has, that game defined my childhood, but in most ways it's still better than Super Metroid, the only thing it lacks is that it's not as speed-runner friendly as Super Metroid.

2 Super Metroid Super Metroid Product Image

Super Metroid and Prime as a whole had quite the big differences. For me however, Super is the number one for me. The ability to run and obliterate everything in sight just made me feel so powerful. As well as this, the map size of this game was just perfect. I loved the challenge of some of the bosses I faced the first time I played through this game. It brought so many new things to the table that would leave a lasting impact on the series. It's funny because you may not think of it as a great game in the process. But after the amazing final boss that you face, which by the way is easily the best in the series, and you get back on to your ship with the set timer, you sit back and realize the masterpiece you just played. This is the best game I have ever played.

This game is strong in every aspect. The graphics are great, there is a high variety of environments, the overall ambiance is dark and creepy. The soundtrack is fantastic, it's one of the best Metroid soundtrack.

The gameplay is excellent, the game doesn't force you do go to a specific area (this is what I didn't like in Zero Mission, you always knew, where to go, and it didn't give you that feel of free exploration). Here you can freely explore until you stuck somewhere and you need to find a specific weapon / equipment to continue. The game always helps somewhat and this is my favorite thing about SM. It doesn't tell you directly, but always give you a clue. For example, there was an area, where I couldn't jump higher, but there were enemies around it... I wished, I could jump on them somehow. Later on, the player get a freeze weapon, and immediately, I knew where to go and what to do without the game show the specific place on the map. And I could say many examples. It's a ...more

Super metroid has everything that fans love about metroid. Every little detail that could have been ignored done wrong, nintendo did right. It's the little useless details that makes super metroid great along with it's solid gameplay and story. Freedom in this game cannot be expressed enough. I heard it's even possible to fight all bosses in reverse order than it's intended to. Of course this game is not for everyone, but if you don't like super metroid, I find it hard to see how you like metroid at all.

Beaten the game again a few days ago 100% in 3:11h. And, what should I say, again I loved every second I played. It surrounds you during the hole session. The amazing music, the fluend gameplay, the well balanced difficulty, the amazing graphics for snes, the different Areas all with there own character, the more skills samus get if deeper you dive into the game. I own this game about 21 years. Don't know how often I bet this game, but it's always a pleasure and absolutly satisfying. Remember my best clear time was 1:56h 100% without any cheatin. This is my favorite metroid game of all time.

3 Metroid Fusion Metroid Fusion Product Image

Incredible visuals, story, audio, and gameplay. Fusion oozes atmosphere. And the BOSS FIGHTS? Simply incredible. My favorite game of all time!

I never really got into the Metroid series until this game. I played Super Metroid and got bored about half way. Got into this one and completed it. Even Zero Mission was awesome to play (I know it's remake of the original and it's so much better for that). But Fusion had all the elements I loved about action games with a good story, a creepy boss, some parts that scared me (and I'm not easily scared). Everything about Fusion just feels right and I constantly go back to this game time and again. Of course, I love the Metroid series now that I've really sunk my teeth in and I plan on playing them all over again minus the Prime trilogy (as I don't own those or a WiiU anymore). If you never really got into Super Metroid and want a game to bring you into the series, this one is definitely a must play.

Hands down the best Metroid. Metroid Fusion had (in my opinion) the best plot, I felt like I was playing the game with meaning not just running around shooting enemies. I loved it every time you gain a new ability knowing that can back track getting passed an old obstacle that you once couldn't uncovering a secret area or something. My favourite part of this game was coming in contact with SA-X wether it be hiding or running form your life. For me this was an amazing game to grow up with and I think that Metroid Fusion deserves to be number 1 of the Metroid series.

This was the second metroid game I had played. It has one of the best storylines from a metroid game. It's bosses are unique, ranging from rouge security robots to infected bio-mechanical weapons. A lot of successful games series have some creepy game, with an example being Zelda's Majora's Mask, This game has a rather darker atmosphere than some titles. I especially enjoyed fighting bosses that I had trouble with, like (don't laugh) Aracnus, Nightmare, B.O. X, SA-X, and Serris (I wasn't very good when I played it. ) Overall this is a very good game, I give it a 10/10.

4 Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Product Image

Agree with the guy below. It is horrifically underrated. This is the best Metroid game. It seems people don't care if you put actual creativity into a game, just give them the same thing they saw when they were a kid to wet fanboy pants. This game features very unique and intricate puzzles, puzzle bosses, challenging bosses, and a whole new world which you can explore both the dark and light side of. The non-linearity of Metroid is at its maximum in this game. You have to figure out what to do, where to go, how to get there, and what to do once you're there. You really feel like you're actually Samus Aran in this game. Her and the player are one entity. Throughout the game, and especially at the end, you feel a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence as you progress, while overcoming the overwhelming odds against the Space Pirates, the Ing, and Dark Samus. Amazing story, amazing gameplay; you're missing out if you havn't played this.

After playing all three Primes, Echoes is definitely the best of the three! It's so underrated! The world is immersive just like the other two but this one has the perfect feeling of isolation that Corruptions fails to obtain. The boss battles are thought provoking and actually need skill to defeat. The music is stellar and use of the dark Aether makes the game feel bigger without feeling cheap. The puzzles are intricate and very clever indeed and like others have mentioned, the ending makes you feel like you've accomplished something. This is my favourite Metroid game by far.

I love how this game is innovative yet stays true to the metroid formula of exploration. It employs the dark/light world mechanics well, with separate atmospheres of curiosity in the light world and utter terror in the dark world. Personally, I welcomed the extra difficulty with open arms, since it gave me more of a sense of accomplishment when I cleared an area, of collected a stolen powerup. Yes, the Spider and Boost guardians were pretty annoying, but Dark Samus, Chykka, and Quadraxis were outright amazing! Anyways, stop reading my comment, and go play this game!

Where to begin? Body language, spectacular bosses with no anticlimax battles, having no precise direction to take (especially if you deactivate the Hint system), new power-ups, improvements for others, new visors... The most challenging game of the trilogy... or the entire licence, the longest game of the licence, new races, new planet, new riddles... This is the closest game to replicate the glory of Super Metroid... No wait, it did... by simply being its own Metroid! Echoes IS the best Metroid game.

5 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Product Image

Honestly, I don't know why many people thought this was the weakest out of the Prime trilogy. I actually thoroughly enjoyed this one from start to finish. Yes, it may be easier than the previous two, but there's the little things that make it worthwhile. For instance, Hypermode being added, and it's really fun to use, albeit extremely broken, in my opinion. While the stories from the previous games were decent enough, the story of this game felt like a Star Wars/Terminator movie, due to the battle with the Space Pirates in the beginning of the game, and the struggles with Dark Samus. In other words, it's very story-heavy, and I love it so much. Did I mention the boss battles were so awesome? Like, the Meta Ridley boss in the beginning was made of pure awesomeness, as well as the others. Overall, great Metroid game, I am still waiting for Dread to come out.

Metroid Prime 3 was everything Metroid Prime was and more. It maintained the atmosphere of MP1, but allowed Samus to interact with actual people, people which would begin as her friends and end as her enemies, giving it a very powerful story and overall impact. It has AMAZING controls, and is the best looking Metroid game ever beyond a shadow of a doubt. Its controls were so good, when they were added to MP1 in Trilogy, it almost pushed MP1 above MP3. The gameplay was new and unique. Flying to different alien planets was so cool. Discovering the different alien race's was fascinating. Hypermode kind of bothered me, honestly. But fortunately I didn't need it as your weapons keep getting more and more powerful. (Love the Nova Beam) Interacting with your environment has never been more fun or thoughtful in any other game. My only holdback is that the beams stack instead of my favourite beam system introduced in Metroid Prime 1 and never used again. But overall, the best.

This is THE definitive gaming experience! This is excellency, beautifulness and classic - everything on the same time! The controls we're so good, I can't find better anywhere! Everything in it is perfect, only three bad things come in mind:
1. I would have liked a bit longer game
2. No escaping sequences (there's the reactor at Norion, but that doesn't count as escaping)
3. A bit more save stations and collectable skills could have been implemented
Very, very good work anyway. Congratulations, Retro Studios! By the way, if you see this, tell me this: IS PRIME 4 COMING FOR THE SWITCH!? :OOO

My favorite Metroid game. Excellent graphics, awesome controls, epic story and well-built characters. The boss fights are also great. And it has a challenging difficulty not too easy, nor too hard.

6 Metroid: Zero Mission Metroid:  Zero Mission Product Image

This game is very underrated, I hear many people praise Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion, but I don't hear much people talking about this game. Zero Mission probably has the most content of any side scrolling Metroid game. Not just is it a well made remake of the NES Metroid game, but it also allows you to play the original NES game as well, along with Zero Mission itself having smooth controls, new enemies, difficulty settings, many different endings, and a place to listen to it's music. My only complaint is with the removal of Fake Kraid, who could've worked as a mini boss right before fighting the actual bigger Kraid.

So glad this is above the original Metroid. It's better in every single way. The original didn't age well at all, this takes that game and makes it a lot better, and it even adds a cool part with Zero Suit Samus at the end

The Zero Suit sequence made things more intense than Fusion as a whole. Tons of replay value. Plus... THAT GALLERY!
I also liked the difficulty levels and time attack mode.

Being a remake of the original it has amazing graphics and was interesting. It gave samus the zero suit and also had the original morph ball location. Very nostalgic and very fun

7 Metroid: Other M Metroid: Other M Product Image

The day I was playing Super Metroid and suddenly got bored, stood up, and put in Other M instead I knew I really liked this game. And I was labeled a heretic.

I agree with the flaws - the story, while good, is paced incorrectly. The character of Samus was mishandled. The relationship with Adam is awkward. The power-up system is less satisfying.

It's the other 95% of the game that makes it great.

This game has an engrossing story, wonderfully-written characters, a beautiful soundtrack, and gorgeous art direction. Even then, these are only icing on the cake for the fast-paced action that none of the other games quite capture. While a very different experience due to the focus on action and lack of exploration, this game holds its own against the greats.

The critics really like the game... and then the fans just bash on the game for no good reason whatsoever (not bashing for no reason, just not a good reason! )! Overall, I don't understand the hate. Sure it has problems, but I don't think this is a bad game.

The point of her character was to show that women can be strong. Now it's saying women are all wimps. It is offensive to me, and I'm a man! An otherwise good game ruined by the most important part of the series missing.

8 Metroid - NES Metroid - NES Product Image

The game is pretty hard and unfair to play through, but otherwise, it's a great game and being the one that started it all, along with great music makes it a true classic to the franchise!

This is the game that made me buy an NES all those hers ago. Absolutely classic. There's good reason Metroid and Zelda have lasted nearly 30 years and created adventure game legacy!

Very very hard, if you could beat this game your good.

If you could beat it with every item in under 2 1/2 hours or speed run it in 1 your very good.

I hated the original! It sucked! Super Metroid is way better! So is Metroid: Prime Trilogy.

9 Metroid II: Return of Samus Metroid II: Return of Samus Product Image

Awesome game, especially for its time. Stayed true to the original and expanded on it like a good sequel should. Lots of great secrets and hidden nooks to explore. This is definitely a classic.

AM2R would not exist without this game and Super Metroid. That being said, however, AM2R is easily at least (quite nearly) as good as the latter.

This game is really fun to pick up and hard to put down. If you haven't played metroid yet try this classic

Why is it at the bottom of the list?

10 Metroid Prime Hunters Metroid Prime Hunters Product Image

One of most epic of DS shooters, with a classic Metroid feel. A huge game with action, multiplayer, an interesting feeling of loneliness and fear, and of course portability.

Seriously the best game I ever played, I just can't get bored of it, I found the controls excellent and the multiplayer even more so.

One of my fave DS games of all time. Metroid prime hunters has it all. Awesome maps, great bosses and powerful hunters. A must have for any Nintendo fan.

Good graphics and fun gameplay. Boss battles are really fun and epic. Great Game scenes too.

The Contenders
11 Metroid: Samus Returns Metroid: Samus Returns Product Image

This game is pretty underrated. Part of the reason is that a lot of people prefer AM2R. I love AM2R as well, but if you give this game a chance you might really enjoy it!

... And 2D Metroid has officially returned. My expectations for this are very high, especially after AM2R was taken down by Nintendo.

This was the first Metroid game I ever played, and it got me hooked!

So dope, very hard though!

12 Metroid: Super Zero Mission Metroid: Super Zero Mission Product Image

Seriously, if only the real Zero Mission was this challenging

13 Another Metroid 2 Remake

'AM2R' is an impressive and thoughtful remake, especially considering it was made by a small group of people with little game developing experience. The best changes are to the screen resolution and visuals. The bigger screen allows you to see what's in front of you and better differentiate between things, whilst the super Metroid style visuals are far easier on the eyes than the originals squashed, bland sprites and samey looking sometimes confusing cave system. The prime style pseudo-scientific logbooks are interesting to read, and the revamped Super Metroid crossed with zero mission controls make all the difference too. However, that isn't to say it's a perfect upgrades the game can falter in places. The pacing is rough to say the least and some things feel out of place. For example in one of the earlier sections of the game, maybe area 1 or 2, a whole truckload of items are thrown at the player within 10 minutes, and you aren't given enough chances to put them into practice before ...more

This is easily the best Metroid game I've ever played. Milton Guasti spent ten years alone to make this game. I think Nintendo should hire this guy, patch the game up, and release this as an official Metroid game.

So good of a remake that it actually manages to give even Zero Mission and Super Metroid a run for their money. Easily at least one of the top six best Metroid games of all time.

Though this is not an official game, it play, sounds, and feels like an official game. this is one of the best experiences I've had with Metroid, since 2004, and it damn well shows.

14 Super Metroid Z-Factor

Easily THE best Super Metroid hack of all time...

and probably the single best-designed Metroid game ever made.

(Just wait for X-Fusion though; my opinion is probably subject to change)

15 Metroid Prime Pinball Metroid Prime Pinball Product Image
16 Hyper Metroid
17 Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt Product Image

Why is this on this list? This is the demo version of Metroid Prime: Hunters.

They forgot the : after Hunters.

18 Metroid Dread Metroid Dread Product Image

Not out yet but I'm excited for it, I think it has potential too be one of the best Metroid games

19 Metroid Prime 4 Metroid Prime 4 Product Image
20 Classic NES Series: Metroid Classic NES Series: Metroid Product Image
21 Metroid Prime: Blast Ball Metroid Prime: Blast Ball Product Image
22 Metroid Prime: Federation Force Metroid Prime: Federation Force Product Image

Finally, a new Metroid game! My friend is a huge Metroid fan and he said I should try a 3D Metroid Game!

I've heard a lot of critisism, but I'm personally really excited for this game which I know I'm going to buy someday.

Not quite the best upcoming games, but I am still waiting for it.

Man, nobody seems to be giving this game a chance!

23 Super Metroid: Ancient Chozo Super Metroid: Ancient Chozo Product Image
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