Giant metroid

Samus fighting a giant Metroid in Super Metroid

Metroid (JP) is a series of video games that debuted with the Nintendo Entertainment System sidescroller Metroid in 1986. The initial game was created by Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi and would spawn a multitude of sequels on various consoles.

The original titles were sidescrollers that infused an exploration aspect and shooting elements. All of the games star Samus Aran - the first major female human protagonist in all of video gaming. The primary antagonists of the series are the Space Pirates. The Prime subseries are first person games that take place between the original and Super Metroid.

In all, there are fifteen video games, with the latest being Metroid Dread, the fifth game in the mainline sidescrolling series. In all, the series has sold a total of over 16 million copies, with each new game earning a reasonable score (the highest rated overall are Super Metroid and Metroid Prime with a score of 96% on

Nintendo has also released the Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Wii, which includes all the three Metroid Prime games on one disc. There are two other remakes; Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid: Samus Returns. The series also includes a manga. Multiple action figures have been created as well.

Series Elements[]


1986: Conception and first game[]

[[null|link= video game screenshot. A person in a powered exoskeleton travels through a cave, while winged monsters hang from the ceiling.|left|thumb|In Metroid (the first game in the series), released in 1986 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, the player controls Samus Aran who fights alien monsters on the fictional planet Zebes.]] The central figures in the production and development of the Metroidseries are Satoru Okada, who directed Metroid and created the series; Yoshio Sakamoto, who acted as a character designer for the first game and has directed or supervised the development of most of the subsequent games; Gunpei Yokoi, who headed the R&D1 division and produced the first two games; Makoto Kano, who wrote the scenario for Metroid, co-designed the second game, and produced the third; and Hiroji Kiyotake, who designed characters for the original game.

The original Metroid, an action gamefor the Family Computer Disk System, was developed by Nintendo's Research and Development 1 (R&D1) and released in Japan on August 6, 1986. It was published for the Nintendo Entertainment System on August 15, 1987 in North America and on January 15, 1988, in Europe. It was directed by Satoru Okada.

Metroid was designed to be a shooting game that combined the platform jumping of Super Mario Bros. with the non-linear exploration of The Legend of Zelda and a darker aesthetic. The name of the game is a portmanteau of the words "metro"

List of Official games[]