Summary: Parents need to know that this is a first-person shooter in which players blast their way through hordes of aliens, many of which are animals or robots. The game features some violence against human-like enemies, mainly in the multiplayer modes, but there is no gore or graphic death animations. Parents should also be aware that the game has a significant online mode; Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone under 12 .
Excerpt: Metroid Prime: Hunters is the final realization of the first-person Metroid game for the Nintendo DS that has been in development since before the launch of the Nintendo DS in 2004. Nintendo packed in the First Hunt demo with the original DSs. It was delayed numerous times, but for good reason each time. Ultimately, this led to a game with quite a few features, especially multiplayer combat over Nintendo Wi-Fi connection.
Conclusion: *Cracks knuckles* Yeah...I think that's it; that's Metroid Prime Hunters; an amazing game, especially, especially when it comes to multiplayer goodness. There are just so many options and modes to choose from, as well as sweet characters and weapons to play with. I might add, that the whole layout of the WiFi is set up very nice and neatly in a very aesthetically pleasing way. It is very nice.
Excerpt: Bringing Metroid to three dimensions seemed like an impossible task, but it was done and done to perfection. After such an accomplishment, squeezing it onto the Nintendo DS seemed challenging, but not as vast a leap. Still, the question remains, is Metroid Prime Hunters a great game, or even comparable to something as universally acclaimed as the original Metroid Prime ?
Excerpt: The first FPS game I played on the Nintendo DS was Peter Jackon’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (or some such), and it was just dire. I knew not to expect much, graphically, from the DS even though MKDS blew me away, but surely they could have put a little bit more effort into it. Combined with trying to find a decent handling posture and it seemed that the NDS would not get an FPS working well. And yet again, how wrong was I. The DS is full of surprises.
Summary: Metroid Prime: Hunters is exactly the game it promised to be. It's a solid Metroid game that fits into the franchise perfectly with the excellent level of gameplay gamers have come to expect from the series while providing a more action packed version of the game seen on Nintendo's consoles. The combination of a solid and enjoyable, if not slightly linear, single player mode and an excellent multiplayer mode make this a game you simply must own if you have a DS.