The original Metroid - A bit dated, but still enjoyable

Two years ago, the original Metroid was made available on the Virtual Console in order to generate some hype for the release of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption a few months later.

It seems only fitting that there is now yet another promotion featuring the original NES game, as Metroid Prime Trilogy will be released in Europe early next month. This awesome package will contain all three previous console Metroid Prime games - Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption - in addition to some new features, like Wii controls and a bonus artwork gallery. It costs just as much as a regular Wii game, so if you never played any of the Metroid Prime games before this will be a ridiculously good deal.

If you're new to the series though, then the upcoming promotion will be off-limits to you - Nintendo of Europe has announced that the first 5000 people who register Metroid Prime Trilogy on the European Nintendo site will get the original Metroid on Virtual Console absolutely free. The catch is that you must have registered at least one of the original Metroid Prime releases as well!

Of course, if you have already bought the original Metroid on VC, you won't be counted as one of the first 5000 to register Metroid Prime Trilogy no matter how speedy you are - even though Nintendo would have to give away fewer free games if you were!