Excerpt: Up to speed yet? It’s a tough idea to wrap your mind around, especially when more than a few people think Nintendo’s 1994 masterpiece is the finest game they’ve been lucky enough to play. If you’re one such person, it’ll likely be that much more difficult to believe.
Excerpt: Take a look in the mirror. What do you see? It’s the image yourself, projected back at you. Who are you? Can you define yourself? What do you think of yourself in relation to the grand scheme of existence? As you look into the eyes of your reflection, can you ponder over the future? You may be enjoying the bliss of young adulthood now, but you’ll eventually have to merge into a fast-paced society of stress, money, and seemingly hopeless dreams.
Excerpt: For those of you who dream fondly at
night of days past when Nintendo was the alpha male of the video game
pack, thoughts of their AAA titles probably drifted through your mind.
A fire spewing Italian plumber on a never ending quest to save his
girlfriend, a sword wielding elfin boy with a similar hobby, and an
inflatable, pink balloon-thing probably come foremost to mind when
reminiscing of the roots of current franchises.
Excerpt: One of the reasons many gamers have remembered the Super Nintendo Entertainment System so fondly is 1994's Super Metroid, the third installment in a classic series of open-ended side-scrolling shooters, and one of the best 2D action adventure games ever made. Starring the tough intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran, Super Metroid delivered a level of detail, polish, and style previously unseen or unheard of in a game of its type.
Excerpt: Concerning Metroid 's leap into the 3D realm, which was considered controversial, but turned into one of the most enjoyable games of last year, and is the reason everybody should own a GameCube. But still, some fans would rather have their Metroid in 2D form. This game takes place right after the events in Super Metroid - our heroine, Samus, has just finished off the Metroid race, and she is back on duty investigating and keeping order in the surrounding planets.
Pros: Fun adventuring that's reminiscent of earlier titles, Nice graphics and a mind-blowing sound track
Excerpt: Big sister, little sister. In childhood they share the same household, learn from the same parents, have many of the same life experiences, and often even look similar. But ultimately each must grow up and become an independent person. In many cases, this is more difficult for the "smaller" sibling. Instead of forging her own life path, she is often forced to tread down one already well travelled and broken in by the big sister.
Excerpt: Metroid Fusion feels like a combination of Metroid 2 and Super Metroid. While it never fully reaches the level of depth of the other Metroid games, it does follow in their footsteps very closely. Classic Metroid gameplay returns faithfully, along with all of the great items, enemies, and exploration that we have come to expect. It turns out to be a fun experience, but a (relative) short length and occasional boring segments hinder it.
Excerpt: Samus Aran has been out of our control for a long time, as game freaks the world over cried out "We want another Metroid." Finally, Nintendo answered that call in a BIG way, by giving us Metroid Prime for the Gamecube, and the equally impressive (well, ok...maybe not EQUALLY impressive, but still really, really impressive) Metroid Fusion for the GBA. Metroid Fusion takes place right after Super Metroid for the SNES.
Excerpt: Metroid has always struck me as a platform gaming franchise. So when most of last year's accolades went to one of the few shining stars on the GameCube, I was surprised to find out it was a first-person shooter. But it's understandable. These days, with 3D progressing in full force, it's either a third-person action game or a first-person shooter. These two genres reign dominant.