What's the Best Metroid Game of all time? Well, we're about to tell you just that with our list of all Metroid games ranked from worst to best.

As is the case with these lists, we've checked our review scores for every single Metroid title and then used your user scores to help narrow down and finesse it. We then put all of the data into a blender, mix it into a delicious smoothie, drink it, and analyse what comes out at the 'other end'. Ahem. Who said science isn't fun?

Questionable process aside, we think the final list is pretty darn perfect. It proved a heck of a lot easier than the best Zeldas and Marios, we can tell you that much!

13. Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS)

Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS)Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Next Level Games
Release Date: 19th Aug 2016 (USA) / 2nd Sep 2016 (UK/EU)

Most Metroid fans would describe Federation Force as more of an abomination than a video game, and they're not far off the mark there. It's difficult to understand quite what Nintendo was thinking in making a Metroid game that doesn't feature Samus as the playable character or, like, anything that makes a Metroid game a Metroid game. It's deservedly in last place, and let's just hope it remains that way.

12. Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB)

Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB)Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo R&D1
Release Date: 24th Nov 2011 (USA) / 24th Nov 2011 (UK/EU)

Conversely, Metroid II: Return of Samus isn't really a bad game – it's just a bad Metroid. It had a tough job on its hands, squeezing a Metroidvania onto the original Game Boy before the term Metroidvania even existed. It's most notable for having an intriguingly dark plot that laid the foundations for future Metroids, and introduced a few series mainstays like save modules and the Laser and Plasma Beams. But is it fun to play? Not so much; even at the time of release, reviews were lukewarm rather than positive.

11. Metroid (NES)

Metroid (NES)Metroid (NES)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo R&D1
Release Date: 1st Aug 1987 (USA) / 15th Jan 1988 (UK/EU)

Next up we have the original Metroid, which laid down the framework for the rest of the franchise back in 1986. It's a seriously tough game too, thanks to its open-ended world design, inability to save, and the enemies, which are tough to dispatch. Historically it's massively important, but when compared to the series as a whole, it hasn't aged as well as it might have done.

10. Metroid Prime Pinball (DS)

Metroid Prime Pinball (DS)Metroid Prime Pinball (DS)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Fuse Games
Release Date: 24th Oct 2005 (USA) / 22nd Jun 2007 (UK/EU)

"Wait a minute – what the heck is a pinball game doing on a list of best Metroids? This is an absolute scandal. It's a total outrage! I'm never reading Nintendo Life again!"

We can hear your comments already, and we would just like to invite all of you to just calm down for a second, please. Metroid Prime Pinball is literally the only spin-off the Metroid series has ever had, and we felt bad about leaving it off the list, okay? Also, pinball actually makes sense in this instance because Samus can curl up into a ball!

Also, it's actually pretty good. So there.