Metroid Dread: How to play every 2D Metroid game in order
Metroid Dread, the latest installment in the iconic Metroid series, has reignited interest in the franchise’s 2D roots. With its rich history and unique gameplay mechanics, many gamers are eager to revisit or discover these classic titles for the first time. This article will guide you through playing every 2D Metroid game in chronological order and highlight what makes each entry special.
1. Metroid (1986, NES)
The game that started it all, the original Metroid introduced players to bounty hunter Samus Aran and her journey through the planet Zebes. To experience Metroid’s origins, you can play it on the Nintendo Switch via the Nintendo Switch Online NES library or find it on the Virtual Console on other Nintendo platforms.
2. Metroid II: Return of Samus (1991, Game Boy)
The follow-up to the original game, Metroid II takes Samus to SR388 to exterminate all remaining Metroids after their threat was revealed in the first game. You can play this game on a classic Game Boy or find it on the Virtual Console for Nintendo 3DS.
3. Super Metroid (1994, SNES)
Considered one of the best games of all time, Super Metroid returns Samus to Zebes as she races against time to rescue a stolen Metroid larva. Enjoy this masterpiece on your SNES or through Nintendo Switch Online’s SNES library.
4. Metroid Fusion (2002, Game Boy Advance)
Set after Super Metroid’s events, Fusion sees Samus infected by a mysterious parasite known as X. You can play this thrilling adventure on a Game Boy Advance or find it on both Wii U and 3DS’ Virtual Console libraries.
5. Metroid: Zero Mission (2004, Game Boy Advance)
A reimagination of the first Metroid, Zero Mission features updated graphics, redesigned levels, and additional content, making it the definitive way to experience Samus’s initial mission. Play this modernized classic on a Game Boy Advance or via the Wii U Virtual Console.
6. Metroid: Samus Returns (2017, Nintendo 3DS)
This title is a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus that was released for Nintendo 3DS. The game brings updated visuals, reimagined gameplay mechanics, and new abilities to SR388. You can find Metroid: Samus Returns exclusively for Nintendo 3DS.
7. Metroid Dread (2021, Nintendo Switch)
Metroid Dread continues the saga after Metroid Fusion and serves as the most recent installment in Samus’s 2D saga. This title brings significant enhancements to the franchise’s graphical capabilities and incorporates fast-paced combat with innovative exploration mechanics. Enjoy this highly anticipated release on the Nintendo Switch.
Now that you know how to play every 2D Metroid game in order, you’re well-prepared for an epic journey through the iconic bounty hunter Samus Aran’s saga. From its roots on NES to its stunning return with Metroid Dread, each title offers a unique experience full of suspense, action, and memorable moments. Happy bounty hunting!