Thursday, November 16, 2006
Retro Games Metroid
The first game in the Metroid series, released initially for the Famicom Disk System on August 6, 1986, and later for the Nintendo Entertainment System in August, 1987.
Pirates have stolen a new life-form, recently discovered on the planet SR388. The life-form, called 'Metroid', is in a state of suspended animation, and according to analysis, was the cause of the complete destruction of SR388. Let loose, the alien could destroy countless other systems. You play as an androgynous figure called Samus Aran who must destroy the pirates and save the World.
Metroid provided one of the first nonlinear game experiences on a home console, five different endings ensured replayability. The endings vary depending on how much time the player takes to finish the game. Strangely the gender of the character is not revealed until the end of the game and only then if you finished within time. The two fastest endings feature Samus Aran in various stages of undress, with the fastest ending featuring Samus in a bikini.
The hidden worlds of Metroid (also called secret worlds or hidden zones) are part of gaming legend. These "secret" Worlds arose unintentionally from the way the game uses level data. As a result hidden room data is essentially random. This causes the hidden worlds to have certain strange properties. Notable amongst these are erratic scrolling and doors that lead into walls or worse still doors which lead nowhere, thereby freezing the map scrolling and trapping Samus.
The normal area of the game is 511 rooms. The total area of the hidden worlds is 1720 rooms, making a grand total of 2231 rooms. This means if you play the game without any knowledge of the hidden worlds the player will only explore about 23% of the total area of the game.
In the late 1990s, the Metroid Database's message board served as a forum for the largest known expedition to these glitch areas. Known as "The Great Secret World Hunt," hardcore Metroid fans used Door Jumps, Game Genies, and emulators to access more hidden areas than had ever been revealed before.
The most complete overview of the game including maps, posters, box art, walkthrough, music, folklore, fanart ad infinitum can be found on mdb (metroid database.)
Metroid on MDB
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