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Best Metroid Games Of All Time

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Updated with Metroid Prime Remastered. Remember, this ranking is based on the games’ User Ratings in our database and is subject to real-time change even now. If you haven’t rated your Metroid collection, feel free to add your scores and potentially influence the order below. Enjoy!


What’s the best Metroid game of all time? The reveal and release in 2021 of ‘Metroid 5’, better known as Metroid Dread, caused a flurry of excitement and the surprise release of Metroid Prime Remastered following the February 2023 Nintendo Direct had many of us going back to either revisit games in the franchise or catch up on ones we missed.

We compiled our personal ranking of the best Metroid games long ago with Metroid Prime in the number one spot, but while we patiently await more information on the ever-in-development Metroid Prime 4, we thought it was time Nintendo Life readers had their say on the series as a whole.

We asked you to rate your favourite games in the Metroid series and now we proudly present this reader-ranked rundown of every Metroid game ever. Remember, this list is not set in stone. The ranking below updates dynamically based on each game’s User Rating in the Nintendo Life game database. This means that it’s entirely possible to influence the order even now. If you haven’t rated your favourite Metroid games yet, simply click the ‘star’ of the game you wish to rate, assign a score, and potentially influence the list.

Ready? Let’s charge up our Arm Cannons, replenish our Missiles, and head out…

Metroid Fusion
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Note: We’ve included both remakes and spin-offs, although there are a few exclusions: Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt and Metroid Prime: Blast Ball are both essentially demo versions of games that feature below, so they’ve been omitted, as has the NES Classics GBA port of the original.

We’ve also included Metroid Prime Trilogy which, as the title suggests, is a compilation of the three Prime games. Should this irritate you, simply imagine it’s not there and you’ll have your ranking of the individual games. Voilà!

Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS)

Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Next Level Games

Release Date: 19th Aug 2016 (USA) / 2nd Sep 2016 (UK/EU)
Metroid Prime: Hunters (DS)

Metroid Prime: Hunters (DS)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo Software Technology

Release Date: 20th Mar 2006 (USA) / 5th May 2006 (UK/EU)
Metroid: Other M (Wii)

Metroid: Other M (Wii)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Team Ninja

Release Date: 31st Aug 2010 (USA) / 3rd Sep 2010 (UK/EU)
Metroid Prime Pinball (DS)

Metroid Prime Pinball (DS)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Fuse Games

Release Date: 24th Oct 2005 (USA) / 22nd Jun 2007 (UK/EU)
Metroid (NES)

Metroid (NES)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo R&D1

Release Date: 15th Aug 1987 (USA) / 15th Jan 1988 (UK/EU)
Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB)

Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo R&D1

Release Date: Nov 1991 (USA) / 21st May 1992 (UK/EU)
Available On: Nintendo Switch Online
Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS)

Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: MercurySteam

Release Date: 15th Sep 2017 (USA) / 15th Sep 2017 (UK/EU)
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Retro Studios

Release Date: 27th Aug 2007 (USA) / 26th Oct 2007 (UK/EU)

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