35 years ago today, on 6th August 1986, the original Metroid launched for the Famicom in Japan. The game would eventually arrive on the NES in North America and Europe in 1987 and 1988 respectively, before blossoming into a series of titles adored by fans to this day.
Metroid games don't always come around too often (putting the overcrowded early 2000s Metroid Prime era aside), but it's certainly a great time to be a fan of the series in 2021. With the franchise's mainline series of games finally being treated to a fifth instalment in just a couple of months' time with Metroid Dread, as well as the promise of Metroid Prime 4 at, well... some point in the future, we're happy to see Samus doing so well 35 years down the line.
And fans are, too. Social media has been flooded with messages celebrating the series, including a variety of fan-made art that we thought we'd share with you below.
Are you a fan of the Metroid series? Will you be dusting off an old game for a cheeky anniversary replay today? Feel free to share your favourite Metroid memories with us in the comments below.
Awesome, now put some celebratory Metroid software on the Switch to celebrate the fact and appease our rampant consumerism.
Happy birthday! 🎉
I’ve been playing the NES original but it’s been whooping my butt. Maybe I’ll just play Zero Mission instead… although I’ve had unfinished business with the original game on the GBA since I was a kid. Always wanted to beat it… one day haha.
Was hoping for a Game and Watch to mark the occasion…..
@RupeeClock Metroid 35. Everyone gets placed randomly on NES Zebes and has to hunt the other players to the death. Please Nintendo
I enjoyed Metroid Prime 3 on the Wii a lot. Did everything in the game, and finished it on all the difficulty settings so I could 100% it? 101%? Whatever all that was. But, it was my only Metroid game that I ever remember finishing.
Our oldest son is a HUGE Metroid fan, and he has been requesting that I play through the series. Today, I plan on firing up the OG Metroid and giving it a start. From there, I plan on going through the entire series.
Heh, Dread will be released two months from now, that'll be the best way of celebrating the anniversary (and Metroid in general) - a bit late, but I think it'll be worth it.
Happy 35th, Metroid. Hope the following years are full of great games.
One of Nintendo's best franchises.
The series has had its missteps but by and large has given us many brilliant titles. Super Metroid in particular will always stay with me as one of the great gaming experiences of my life
Wish NINTENDO would celebrate it with a cartridge full of classic Metroid titles on Switch. Oh well, still happy to eventually receive new Metroid games. Pre-ordered Dread!
Yay, Happy Anniversary Metroid
At the time didn't own an NES, but i wanted one, though I remember playing the original game very briefly when i was little, so i knew of the game. I didn't become a fan of Metroid until the sequel game, Metroid II on the Gameboy.
I've since bought most of them, except a few: NES game, the Wii's Prime Trilogy, Prime Federation Force, Prime Pinball.
I really can't wait to get Metroid Dread in October, and Prime IV when it's finally released, hopefully soon
I know, but right now the only games you can play on Switch are Metroid, and Super Metroid. Even then, you can only access them through a subscription service.
Meanwhile you can play the vast majority of the Metroid catalogue on the Wii U via the Virtual Console service, including the Metroid Prime Trilogy!
I think Samus Returns would really benefit from a Switch port too, even if they don't dress up the graphics by much.
@DeathByLasagna besting Metroid 1 is like getting over that hump in Dark Souls. Start out slow and make your moves deliberate. Be cautious. Memorize or draw out a map. Slowly build up your upgrades. And if the area you are in isn’t working out, try another location.
Also, illusionary walls and pits are a pain.
However, Phil Summers of Hand Drawn Game Guides will have a very nice guide for the game going up for order today on Kickstarter. His previous guides for Ninja Gaiden/Contra and Zelda are fantastic and will also now be made more easily obtainable on the same Kickstarter campaign.
This could be the my favourite ever Nintendo Life post - so happy to see Samus and the Metroid series being celebrated!
@stinky_t "@RupeeClock Metroid 35. Everyone gets placed randomly on NES Zebes and has to hunt the other players to the death. Please Nintendo"
That is a great idea!
On a side note, I'm really hoping that Metriod Dread's map is so expansive, that a speed run will take 30 hours.
Sweet! Zero Suit is one of my smash mains so I'll be sure to win a few (/lose a couple dozen) matches this wknd to celebrate. Coincidentally my gba copy of zero mission arrived this week (never played it!) but I'll wait til I can savor it
Its amazing that im 38 and have loved video games since i was about 4 but have only ever completed zero missions despite playing nearly every other metroid game.
My fondest Metroid memories are from Prime on the gamecube tho. Im sure i nearly beat it. Own thr trilogy on WiiU but i just couldnt get used to the pointer controls.
Fans are celebrating it. That's nice. But how is Nintendo celebrating it besides that tweet?
Would have been lovely had Nintendo released something more for the occasion. Not that I'm downplaying Dread, as the game (or at least the title) has been this mythical thing for over a decade, but you'd think they'd have prepared something more for the celebration.
Prime Trilogy would have been the easy one, but another nice one could have been a port of either Samus Returns or Other M. Alas...
I love our communites! such passion!
Right now I’m actually playing through 1-4 of Metroid until October. Just beat Metroid Tuesday night at 12:30 in 2 hours LOL, and about to beat Metroid 2 on game boy tonight! Can’t wait for the new one! 5 is gonna be fire!
Love the series and have played all mainline entries outside of Metroid Prime: Hunters and Federation Force. It all started with a purchase of Metroid II: Return of Samus on the 3DS VC through Club Nintendo (RIP). I enjoyed it enough that I wanted to try the rest of the series, and I haven't looked back.
I played through Zero Mission, Super and Fusion a few weeks ago. Such a great series.
I admit I haven't played much Metroid games before. But now I want to change that with Dread. As well as the Trilogy hopefully avaliable one day on Switch
What is the practical purpose of a cloak over Samus' armour?
I like Metroid. And Samus. I said it. =P
I'll be playing some Super Metroid this weekend for Dread's release.
Brie Larson in electric blue is what yearn for. BRING ON THE MOVIE NINTENDO!!!!!!
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