March 2014 news

Super Metroid turns 20!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 at 20:42 GMT

On this day in the early nineties, in what seems like a life-time ago on March 19, 1994, Super Metroid arrived on the Super Famicom in Japan! This ingenious, fun and and incredibly atmospheric game left an indelible mark on the world of video games and not only paved the way for the future of the Metroid series, but inspired countless others too. It even led to the term "Metroidvania" - games that would take inspiration from Metroid and Castlevania in their style and pacing.

To help celebrate the occasion, a number of fans have produced exciting tributes. Drop by the Metroid Database for a week-long series of features celebrating the game, including artwork, never-before-seen promo material and more! The team from Shinesparkers have also produced a pair of features, one of which is featured in the UK's Official Nintendo Magazine website.

Reinhold Hoffmann from Game-Art-HQ also writes in to let us know that their art community has produced a stunning tribute of exquisite fan art featuring bosses and locations from the game. These pieces are a fantastic testament to how this 20-year old game has captured the imagination and is still relevant to this very day.

If you've somehow managed to avoid playing the game in some form over the past two decades, don't forget that it's waiting for you in the halls of the Virtual Console on Wii and Wii U.

Happy Birthday Samus!