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Creator: Nintendo R&D1
First game: Metroid (1987)
Latest game: Metroid Prime Remastered (2023)
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Metroid is a series of exploration-based platforming games created by Nintendo. The series is set on various planets in a science fiction setting, and mostly revolves around the adventures of bounty hunter Samus Aran, as she battles the Space Pirates to stop them from using the titular Metroids for their personal gain. The name "Metroid" is derived from the words "metro" and "android".


The Metroid series was initially developed by Nintendo R&D1. Unlike other 2D games which focused on linear stages, the Metroid series provides a single, large world with various hidden secrets to upgrade Samus in order to defeat the game's enemies. The inspiration for the game's non-linear action was derived from aspects of both Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, while much of the world and atmosphere was inspired by Ridley Scott's Alien. To date, the core Metroid series has received five main installments.

In 2002, the first 3D Metroid title, Metroid Prime, was released. Metroid Prime would go on to receive two sequels, and three spin-off titles, with a fourth main title currently in development. The main installments in the Metroid Prime series were developed by Retro Studios.


Metroid 64 is an unofficial name describing considerations for a Metroid series game during the Nintendo 64 era.

Attempts may have never actually materialized even as a prototype but it was alluded to during a November 15, 2002 roundtable between IGN, Retro Studios and Nintendo of Japan staff.[1]

Metroid Dread had a long development history until finally being fleshed out and announced for Nintendo Switch via an E3 2021 Nintendo Direct.


Game JP release NA release EU release AUS release KOR release Platform
Main series
Metroid 1986 1987 1988 N/A N/A NES
Metroid II: Return of Samus 1992 1991 1992 N/A N/A Game Boy
Super Metroid 1994 1994 1994 1994 N/A SNES
Metroid Fusion 2003 2002 2002 2002 N/A Game Boy Advance
Metroid: Other M 2010 2010 2010 2010 N/A Wii
Metroid Dread 2021 2021 2021 2021 2021 Nintendo Switch
Metroid Prime series
Metroid Prime 2003 2002 2003 2003 2002 Nintendo GameCube
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes 2005 2004 2004 2004 N/A Nintendo GameCube
Metroid Prime Hunters 2006 2006 2006 2006 2007 Nintendo DS
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption 2008 2007 2007 2007 N/A Wii
Metroid Prime: Federation Force 2016 2016 2016 2016 N/A Nintendo 3DS
Metroid Prime 4: Beyond 2025 2025 2025 2025 2025 Nintendo Switch
Ports, remakes, and spin-offs
Metroid: Zero Mission 2004 2004 2004 2004 N/A Game Boy Advance
Classic NES Series: Metroid 2004 2004 2005 2005 N/A Game Boy Advance
Metroid Prime Pinball 2006 2005 2007 2005 N/A Nintendo DS
New Play Control! Metroid Prime 2009 N/A N/A N/A N/A Wii
New Play Control! Metroid Prime 2 2009 N/A N/A N/A N/A Wii
Metroid Prime: Trilogy N/A 2009 2009 2009 N/A Wii
Metroid: Samus Returns 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Metroid Prime Remastered 2023 2023 2023 2023 2023 Nintendo Switch

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Main series Metroid (Classic NES Series • Zero Mission) • Metroid II: Return of Samus (Samus Returns) • Super Metroid • Fusion • Other M • Dread
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