Retro Gaming 90’s- Metroid II: Return Of Samus (1991)

As far as retro games are concerned in relation to the early 90’s a lot of people think about titles that appeared for the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis mainly because they were both considered consoles. However, there were several games that appeared on Nintendo’s first ever hand handheld known as Game Boy during the early 90’s that are considered to be classics to this very day by retro gamers. Metroid II: The Return Of Samus which was initially released back in November 1991 was one of the most high profile titles for Game Boy in the early 90’s along with the likes of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Super Mario Land 2. Metroid II: The Return If Samus was considered to be the direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Metroid title for the NES which was released in 1986. The story for Metroid II: Return Of Samus followed the events from its predecessor where bounty hunter Samus Aran stopped the Space Pirates from using the power of Metroid creatures for their own person agenda. This game sees players controlling Samus while she is on a mission to destroy as many Metroids as possible. The battle that Samus eventually has with Queen Metroid is both interesting and somewhat dark considering what happens afterwards.

After destroying Queen Metroid Samus decides to spare an egg that hatched before her eyes with the creature thinking that she is the mother. In fact, was never made clear in the game on whether or not Queen Metroid was the true mother of the egg but it has definitely been implied to be the case. There were some improvements Nintendo made in Metroid II: Return Of Samus in relation to gameplay since players could save their progress by using various save modules throughout the planet something that was absent in the ’86 prequel for the NES. Metroid II also provided players with some powerful new weapons such as the Plasma and Spazer Lazer Beams in addition to allowing Samus to take different forms while maneuvering through different parts of the game using Morph/Spider mode. Many would argue that Metroid II: Return Of Samus could of been way more popular than it was if it were released for the NES instead of Game Boy. However, the NES was starting to decline in popularity during the early 90’s and could of been overshadowed by 16-bit games from the SNES and Sega Genesis. Either way, Metroid II: Return Of Samus served as an excellent prelude to the legendary Super Metroid game that came out for the Super NES in ’93 and was one of the most memorable Game Boy titles ever made.

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