Super Nintendo


Section 1: Introduction

1.1: About the Game

SUPER METROID, a.k.a. METROID 3, was the third game released in the METROID series.  (Not the third game in the fictional chronology; the events in the METROID PRIME series of games occur between METROID and METROID II:

The series follows the adventures of intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran, often pitting her against the notorious Space Pirates, and the energy-draining lifeforms known as Metroids.  The series is noted for its nonlinear gameplay; there are many areas to explore, and not all need be visited to complete the game, but many areas require special items to access.

SUPER METROID was released for the Super Nintendo (Super Famicom in Japan) in 1994, and was put on the "Player's Choice" label sometime after.  Unlike many other SNES titles such as SUPER MARIO WORLD, DONKEY KONG COUNTRY, and THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST, SUPER METROID was not rereleased for the Game Boy Advance handheld.  It was finally rereleased for the Wii Virtual Console in 2007.

I first played SUPER METROID in late 2007 (on a SNES, not a Wii), over 13 years since it was released.  (I obtained my SNES from a friend in late 2003; my parents wouldn't buy that sort of thing when it was new.)  I found it to be quite enjoyable, certainly one of the best for the console, and have played it many times since then, always shooting for a better time.  As of this writing my best time with 100% is 1:38.  (Not a world record, but not too shabby either.)  With this guide I hope to be able to teach my brother well enough to equal or beat my time.

1.2: About This Guide

My experience with guide-writing is limited.  This is the first walkthrough that I've completed from start to finish.  With other walkthroughs to assist me (thanks to Foxhound3857 and Marshmallow), and the Nintendo Player's Guide for SUPER METROID, I think I've done a decent job.

This guide is plain text, but uses the UTF-8 (Unicode) encoding rather than the usual Latin-1 or Windows encodings; for the original plain-text, this was so I could use symbols to make up the dividers in the guide.  (Which isn't as necessary for the HTML version.)  I have tested it on 3 different operating systems and 4 different Web browsers, and it seems to be fine.

This guide is copyright ©2014 Thomas Keith (Insectoid). For terms of use and other copyright information, as well as full acknowledgements and version history, please see SECTION 7, "Further Information."

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