When plans for the Nintendo Switch were unveiled late last year, one icon from the glory days of the Nintendo Entertainment System and SNES was strangely absent: Metroid.
The sci-fi actioner has been a staple of Nintendo since way back in 1986, but things have been a little quiet of late.
In fact, there hasn’t been a big console outing featuring the adventures of Samus Aran to enjoy since 2010’s Metroid: Other M.
There was some hope that Metroid would be making a comeback on the Nintendo Switch but, with no plans forthcoming, it seems that fans have taken things into their own hands.
The result is Metroid: Rogue Dawn: a fan-made game, two-and-a-half years in the making, that takes the franchise back to it’s NES origins with a prequel positioned before the events of the very first game in the series.
The story is everything you’ve come to expect from Metroid with the player put in the boot of an operative, Ridley (no prizes for guess who inspired that) who is tasked with finding a stolen capsule that contains a new form of life.
Boasting the same brilliant gameplay as the original title, the game further enhanced by some superb artwork and clever bits of visual design that give the fan-made title a more modern look that the previous efforts lacked.
A fantastic and inventive update on the console classing, Metroid: Rogue Dawn is a perfect throwback to a simpler timing for gaming fans.
Free to download here, users will need a Metroid ROM to access the game properly but it’s totally worth it.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.