Saturday, April 1, 2017
Metroid Genesis Anniversary!
23 years ago today, Super Metroid debuted on the Sega Genesis. It redefined the action/platformer genre with it's intuitive map system, exploratory gameplay, and the best usage of blast processing yet seen on a home console. Due to an overabundance of awesomeness, it utilized a 40 Meg cartridge which inflated the retail price to around $100...but nobody cared because it was freakin' sick!
GamePro magazine gave Super Metroid a respectable score of 82/100, but criticized its murky color palette and sub-par soundtrack. "It's a shame Super Metroid couldn't have debuted on slightly more powerful hardware," says GamePro editor Dexter Nerdsfeld. "Maybe then the music wouldn't have sounded like bees fighting in a tin can."
Despite pitiful sales figures and mediocre reviews from some outlets, Super Metroid is still recognized as a landmark title in the gaming industry–and certainly a must-own on the Genesis console. Metroid remains one of Sega's best-selling franchises to this day.