Metroid was one of the games that revolutionized the platform shooting game genre. In fact, the very first Metroid game, the Super Metroid, gained a lot of fanfare and it also gained a lot of critical acclaim from gaming review websites.
Since then, there are a lot of versions of the game that were created. Some are lackluster (at least, when compared to the original Super Metroid) and others are actually pretty good that it can surpass the first game.
In this article, we are going to talk about the Metroid Fusion Game for the Nintendo Gameboy Advance. This is the fourth installment of this popular gaming franchise and it is about the protagonist, Samus Aran, exploring a planet called the SR388.
The SR388, although a suitable planet for human life, is filled with viruses called the “X Parasites”. These parasites can infect people and it can replicate the host’s body. Everything about the host’s body can be replicated from the facial features even to its host’s psychology.
During her successful run in exploring the planet, Samus was set to go back to the BSL (Biologic Space Laboratories) station. She was unknowingly infected with the virus and thus, lost consciousness on her way there.
She was ejected just in time before her ship hit an asteroid belt. After she regains her consciousness, she discovered that the BSL station was hit. She was sent to investigate the matter and with the help of her new gunship computer (which she calls Adam to commemorate her late commanding officer), she then uncovers the mysteries behind the attack of the BSL station.
Upon arriving at the BSL station, she discovered that an X Parasite that mimicked her (which is now called the SA-X) tries to destroy the BSL station. It was also later revealed that this SA-X form was cultivating Metroid parasites in order to create the Omega Metroid.
Samus’ ultimate task is to destroy the Omega Metroid and also destroy the SA-X for good.
The Metroid Fusion Game for the Nintendo Gameboy Advance still sports the same gameplay style to that of its predecessors with one key difference: the game is now played in a side-scrolling, linear fashion.
What I mean by this is that the Metroid Fusion Game for the Nintendo Gameboy Advance now has an open-world for you to explore. Each level also has its own map which you can see where to go next.
This actually helps the player see which areas he hasn’t explored yet. Furthermore, Samus can enter rooms by shooting at them but there are also rooms that can only be entered once a certain event has taken place.
The X Parasite that has infected her imbued her with new abilities. Every time she kills an enemy, the X Parasite of that enemy can be absorbed by Samus to either improve her abilities or restore her health.
According to fans, the Metroid Fusion Game for the Nintendo Gameboy Advance, although linear in its gameplay, is still a worthy successor to previous Metroid games.
If you have a Nintendo Gameboy Advance emulator, be sure to give the Metroid Fusion a try.