January 24, 2022
Super Metroid (ス ー パ ー メ ト ロ イ ド Sūpā Metoroido?) Is a sci-fi themed dynamic adventure video game designed by Nintendo Research & Development 1, programmed by Intelligent Systems and released in 1994 by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Super Metroid is the third installment of the Metroid saga and with its 24 megabit cartridge it has gone down in history for being the largest and most demanding video game in terms of memory for some time. The storyline, which is chronologically located between Metroid II: Return of Samus (1991) and Metroid: Other M (2010), sees protagonist Samus Aran track down and retrieve Metroid's puppy kidnapped by his rival Ridley and taken to the planet Zebes. Super Metroid turns out to be a 2D platform video game loaded with action and adventure elements, where Samus must face the hostile native forces and space pirates, his archenemies, on the planet, empowering himself with the objects he finds along the way. It is a video game that makes the player's exploratory spirit a central point since, unlike the other platforms that preceded it, its development is not exclusively linear and is full of hidden areas. Written and directed by Yoshio Sakamoto and produced by Makoto Kano , with music by Kenji Yamamoto and Minako Hamano, the video game was released in Japan on March 19, 1994. Thanks to its advanced graphics, its distinctive gameplay, atmosphere and effective sound it was immediately welcomed, received numerous awards and it is still considered a Nintendo classic and one of the best video games ever made. Despite the great success at its release it received low sales in Japan, but achieved better results in North America and Europe, so much so that it was later distributed also for the Wii, Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS consoles. The game is also included in all versions of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The game was among the first to be included in the Nintendo Switch Online SNES library. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the game's release, a special exhibition was held in the Regenstein Library of the University of Chicago in 2014.