Was the 2000’s the best decade for the Metroid series?

When we look back at a majority of Metroid games that has been released over the past 30 years there were various installments that were considered to be memorable within the series. The original Metroid game from ’86 is where it all started and was followed by Metroid II: The Return Of Samus for Game Boy in 1991. Despite, how popular the first two Metroid installments were they did not compare to Super Metroid which appeared on the SNES back in ’93 as far as popularity was concerned. Super Metroid had sold over 1.4 million units worldwide since its release and the world see another Metroid game until late 2002. Metroid Prime was a game that fans waited about nine years for and ended becoming a massive success on the Nintendo GameCube. Not only did Metroid Prime surpass Super Metroid in sales but it managed to reach over 2.8 million units worldwide becoming the seventh best selling game on GameCube. In fact, Metroid Prime had managed rivaled the likes Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in popularity in ’02; Metroid Prime was so popular it was named “Game Of The Year” by multiple publications such as: IGN, GameSpot, GameSpy and others. It should also be noted that Metroid Fusion was also released for Game Boy Advance around the same time as Metroid Prime and ended being very successful as well.

Metroid Prime eventually ended up spawning two highly successful sequels which included Metroid Prime 2: Echoes from ’04 and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption in ’07 which both appeared on the Wii console. Despite, neither installment selling as much as the original Metroid Prime game following their respective releases they were both critically acclaimed action-adventure titles that appeared on the best selling game system that Nintendo had ever made aside from the Nintendo DS. Many people in general would argue the the 00’s was the definitely the most productive decade for Nintendo in producing Metroid games. As far as the 00’s being the best year for the Metroid series is concerned its debatable since Super Metroid was arguably the best game in the series depending on who you ask. Also, we got to see a digitally remastered version of Metroid II from ’91 on the Nintendo 3DS back in 2017 under the name Metroid: Samus Returns. The remastered version of Metroid II was quite possibly the best Metroid game of the 10’s decade along Metroid: The Other M which came out on the Wii console in 2010.

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