Retro Profile: Metroid Zero Mission (GBA)

Wanna access a great game and don’t have a DS with Nintendogs? Fear not, I hereby present the inaugural retro game profile: Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA). This game is retro in every sense of the word, only it’s updated in a wickedly good way.

Zero Mission was a re-release with upgraded graphics of Nintendo’s 1986 classic, Metroid on the NES. In addition to remixed graphics, it does add a few new things like a map that makes the game a ton easier, but it holds very true to the original level design. The game is done in such a good way that you just wish Ninny would do the same thing with Zelda. The visuals are outstanding with vibrant colors that fit spaceworld perfectly.

The game features the classic “upgrade gameplay” Metroid is known for, if not even invented. It’s amazing that after nearly 20 years, this play style is still as fun as ever and again makes for my case to hope Nintendo keeps releasing new games on the Revolution with classic play mechanics.

Play or Stay? Play for sure. This might be even better than Fusion. If you own a GBA play it. It’s a little on the short side (did i just say that?) but that’s only because the game is so fun. If you don’t own a GBA….err, you should go pick one up for a cool $79 or splurge on a Micro.

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  1. This is definatly one of the best games for the GBA, and most underated. If you liked Super Metroid, you will love this one. WAY better than fusion. Not nearly as linear, and has that kick ass retro feel. My favorite part is probably the James Bond style covert sneaking you gotta do later on. Definatly a Play!

  2. Nice short review !
    I’ll be checking this game out as soon as I have some spare money to spend on GBA games 😉

  3. I wouldn’t be too suprised to see a lot of retro games appearing on the Revolution. After all, it is backwards compatible for 20 years so having a modern counter-part just makes sense.

    Wouldn’t it be cool if the Revolution had a way to play old ROMS (NES, SNES in particular) but optionally have it upgrade the graphics? I’m not talking about visual filters but actual upgrades (along the lines of how Super Mario Allstars upgraded the graphics of the NES marios). Or better yet, transform them into 3-d somehow…(but still keep the 2d playing style obviously).

  4. Errrr… I don’t know what the point of this was. What GBA owner *doesn’t* have Metroid Zero — one of the highest rated games for the system? And it’s how old? Maybe two years? Oooh, so retro it hurts.

    I hear there’s this “retro” game called Zelda: A Link to the Past. It’s super rare, and I doubt you’ve ever heard of it. But check it out — it’s super keen.

  5. Err….I don’t have it.
    Well, what I mean is, that this site should not only appeal to die-hard fans, but also the average consumer.
    So reviewing popular games isn’t a bad idea…

    And retro is what you define as retro.
    Some people say a game that is older than a year is a retro-game…
    I don’t like that definition either (for me retro is something I played as a kid, so something I have “retro-feelings” about), but it seems to be the most common definition, as I heard that several times before this. SO I don’t care, and you shouldn’t too…everybody has their own definition and that’s OK…mmmkay ? 😉

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