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Metroid is a series of science fiction adventure video games created by Nintendo. Since the series’ creation, it has received a large online following with many of fan-created websites.


The original Metroid game was originally released for the Family Computer Disk System in Japan on August 6th, 1986, and for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America on August 15th, 1987 (shown below, left), garnering critical acclaim due to its unique gameplay and being one of the first video games to feature a female protagonist. The sequel, Metroid II: Return of Samus (shown below, right), was released for the Nintendo Game Boy handheld device on August 26th, 1991.

The third game in the series Super Metroid (shown below, left), was released on the Super Nintendo in America on March 19th, 1994 and was later followed by Metroid Fusion (shown below, right) on the Game Boy Advance on November 17th, 2002. A remake of the original NES game Metroid: Zero Mission was released for the Game Boy Advance on February 9th, 2004.

The spin-off series Metroid Prime was developed by Retro Studios (shown below, left) and released on the Gamecube on November 17th, 2002. Unlike previous games, the game featured 3D graphics shown from first-person perspective. A sequel, titled Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (shown below, right), was released for the Gamecube on November 15th, 2004, followed by the spin-off titled Metroid Prime Pinball released for the Nintendo DS on October 24th, 2005.

Metroid Prime Hunters was released on the Nintendo DS on March 20th, 2006 and was followed by the game Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (shown below, left) for the Wii on August 27th, 2007. A trilogy pack titled Metroid Prime: Trilogy was released for the Wii on August 24th, 2009. Metroid: Other M (shown below, right) was released for the Wii on August 31, 2010.

Online Relevance

The Metroid series has garnered a large online following since its inception, with a presence of several sites including Tumblr[1], Reddit[2], 4chan’s /v/ videogame board[3], Fanpop[4],[5] and DeviantART[6]. The Metroid wiki[7] and TV Tropes[8] contain relevant information to the series. There are also numerous fansites, such as Metroid Recon[9], Metroid HQ[10], Metroid Database[11] and ShineSparkers[12]. As of August 2013, Metroid Facebook page also has gained over 21,000 likes[13].

Related Memes

Y Can’t Metroid Crawl? / PaulyU

“Y Can’t Metroid Crawl?” is a question uttered by Miiverse user PaulyU while asking for help to get through the Wii U Virtual Console release of Super Metroid.

Horny Samus

Horny Samus refers to a series of advice animal image macros featuring the series’ protagonist Samus Aran. The captions typically include sexual double entendres and cheesy pickup lines.

Remember Me? / MBD

MBD (Mysterious Black Dude) is a meme arising from an E3 2009 trailer for Metroid: Other M, in which a mysterious man greets Samus asking if she remembers him.

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Kung Fu Cthulhu
Kung Fu Cthulhu

Samus in Metroid 1 Metroid 2, Metroid 3, Metroid 4, and the Metroid Prime Trilogy: I’m a strong independent bounty hunter that doesn’t need a man!


Seriously, Nintendo, Team Ninja, what the Hell?


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