There's nothing like a bit of playable nostalgia and Metroid: Zero Mission has that and more. Providing a sharp reproduction of the original Metroid with a twist, the game is exciting and worth investing time in, for even the die hard fans of the franchise.
This latest Metroid is set in a time before the first Metroid takes place. In the game you play Samus Aran who is sent back to the planet Zebes, her birth planet, to break into a pirate fortress and take out the Mother Brain.
Alright, so the plot is still very 1980s, but the game and its play certainly isn't.
Like in the original game, Metroid: Zero Mission has you controlling Metroid on side scrolling maps chockfull of nasty monsters and surprises. Although you can run anywhere you want and in whatever order you want, Metroid: Zero Mission does have an underlying course that will get you from beginning to end. One thing that makes this game much more fun to play than the original is that this course is highlighted on a map that you can call up at anytime. The course to the game's end objective isn't laid out for you, but the map does show the next road sign in your travels. The gameplay features Samus' flipping jump, one-armed blaster, missiles and Morph Ball form ' so taking on bad guys is typically a breeze. There are also some new power attacks like the ice and wave beams and spinning screw attacks.
The graphics seem much sharper than they were on the original game ' with a nice attention to detail that really highlights the subtle beauty of Samus' power suit. The sound however can be a little grating at times, but the soundtrack more than made up for it ' featuring most of the music that made the original fun to listen to.
The only real complaint I have about Metroid: Zero Mission is that it's far too short lived and it wouldn't be surprising if an old Metroid pro worked through this game in one sitting. Metroid: Zero Mission is a great bit of gaming that should be enjoyed instead of rushed so make sure you explore the whole game because it will all be over too soon. I guess all wonderful things come in small packages.