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Episode 72: Definitively Ranking Metroid II: Return of Samus

Episode 72: Definitively Ranking Metroid II: Return of Samus

July 27, 2021

The boys are back with the latest entry in the Definitive Ranking series, going all the way back to 1991 to talk about Metroid II: Return of Samus? How does the original Game Boy classic hold up? Should Metroid fans bother with this title or just head straight to the remakes? And might this be the best example of a game making chicken salad out of chicken you-know-what? Come find out with us!

Just as a refresher, the categories we're ranking each game in are:

- World / Atmosphere (the vibe, the setting, the mood)

- Art Style (design of Samus, the enemies, the graphics in general)

- Story (what works, what doesn't)

- Pacing / Progression (are there any parts that really bog the player down, or is it still fun getting lost?)

- Gameplay / "Gimmick" (what new or different gameplay aspects we like)

- Items / Abilities (how are the powerups and are they cool and practical)

- Areas (how does each individual area look, feel, play, etc.)

- Enemies / Bosses (are they fun, creative, etc.)

- Expansions / Powerups (are the expansions hidden throughout the world fun, creative, and enjoyable to collect?)

- Music (are we humming along?)

Of course, all of these are subjective, and we're putting our critics hats on, but we want to hear what you have to say on Twitter!

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Episode 71: Theorizing How Metroids, Ridley, and the Space Pirates Could Be Used in Metroid Dread

Episode 71: Theorizing How Metroids, Ridley, and the Space Pirates Could Be Used in Metroid Dread

July 21, 2021

Welcome back to another great week of Metroid bliss! This episode is split in two parts - the first half, we theorize what kind of role - if any - Metroids and the "Dark" and "Light" Chozo will play, if we could see an E.M.M.I. fashioned after Ridley, and what role, leadership, and allegiances the Space Pirates might have. In the second half, we weight in on some comments series producer Yoshio Sakamoto made to Famitsu (as translated by Nintendo Everything) about topics such as Samus, speedrunning, cutscenes, and more.

Come hang out with us, and get ready for next week as we bring back the Definitive Ranking!

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Episode 70: Analyzing the Sakamoto Diaries and Comparing Metroid Dread to Prime 4

Episode 70: Analyzing the Sakamoto Diaries and Comparing Metroid Dread to Prime 4

July 13, 2021

Welcome to our last breakdown of the gameplay footage of Metroid Dread. This week, we take a listen to series producer Yoshio Sakamoto give an excellent Developmental History of Metroid Dread, offering context and info about the series to new players and old. We look over some new footage in the developer diary featuring Chozo Lore, the Morph Ball in action, and a new ability for Samus, the Spider Magnet. We then talk about the impact that both Metroid Dread and Metroid Prime 4 will have on Metroid fans and non-Metroid fans alike.

Don't miss this one, and let us know your thoughts on our Dread/Prime 4 debate!

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Episode 69: Metroid Dread Q&A - Theories, Concerns, DLC, and More Answered!

Episode 69: Metroid Dread Q&A - Theories, Concerns, DLC, and More Answered!

July 6, 2021

We asked you to give us your best Metroid Dread questions, and boy did you deliver. This week, Andy and Doom cover a wide array of topics including: do we think it's possible Dread has DLC? Should the Ice Beam return as a tacked weapon or its own beam again? Any chance there's unlockable Metroid games included? What do we think the E.M.M.I.'s real objectives are? What are we most worried about Dread doing? And what does the future of the Metroid series look like after Dread?

 

All this and so much more! Come hang out with us and be sure to join our Discord so you can get your question answered next Q&A episode!

 

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Episode 68: Metroid Dread Gameplay Analysis Part 2 - Samus vs Corpious!

Episode 68: Metroid Dread Gameplay Analysis Part 2 - Samus vs Corpious!

June 26, 2021

We're still picking up our jaws off the floor after watching Part 1 of the Nintendo Treehouse, so we're ready to do it all over again for Part 2 of the Treehouse presentation! A big focus on this half is the focus on Samus's boss fight against Corpious, the Phantom Cloak and its uses in navigating the Planet ZDR, and the introduction of a new industrial area, Cataris.

Come listen as the fellas give commentary and thoughts on the new gameplay, and see what you can learn with us!

 

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Episode 67: Metroid Dread Gameplay Analysis Part 1

Episode 67: Metroid Dread Gameplay Analysis Part 1

June 19, 2021

Happy days, Metroid fans! We're still riding high on the announcement of Metroid Dread, so today we take to the Nintendo Treehouse Gameplay footage to break down and analyze as much of Samus's adventure of planet ZDR as we can. We talk all the new enemies, the Save Station, Adam and his role in the game, 360 aiming, melee counters, how E.M.M.I. room seem to function, the Dread Suit, and so much more! Come hang with us and see what you can pick up!

Don't forget, this is only the first half, so tune in next week for the second!

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Episode 66: Metroid Dread is Finally Here! And Our E3 2021 Reactions!

Episode 66: Metroid Dread is Finally Here! And Our E3 2021 Reactions!

June 15, 2021

HYYYYYPE!!! We finally got Metroid 5, and it's the game everyone has been hoping it would be for years: Metroid Dread! Come join us, as well a special guests Doominal Crossing and Rod Lloyd, to discuss our reactions to Metroid Dread, the lack of Metroid Prime 4, our thoughts on Zelda, and reactions to the rest of the show.

Congratulations Metroid fans, a day we thought might never come is here!

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Episode 65: Metroid 5, Prime 4, and Our E3 Predictions!

Episode 65: Metroid 5, Prime 4, and Our E3 Predictions!

June 8, 2021

It's finally here! Our giant E3 predictions episode and we are not holding back! We're hopeful that this could be one of the biggest days in Metroid series history, and we've got the predictions to back that up! Will we see Metroid 5? What about a peak at Metroid Prime 4? Or even Prime Trilogy on the Switch? Will Nintendo even acknowledge Metroid's 35th? Come listen to find out!

Plus, what else does Nintendo have in store? Who's the next Smash fighter? Will we see a new Kirby game? What about Star Fox or Donkey Kong? And what's up with the Switch Pro? It's all on the line here!

 

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Episode 64: The Wrecked Ship - Mapping Metroid

Episode 64: The Wrecked Ship - Mapping Metroid

June 3, 2021

We're a little bit late this week, but we're making it up to y'all by having the most in depth conversation about Super Metroid's Wrecked Ship that may have ever been had! We explore the lore behind the ship and how it got to Zebes, talk about the different atmospheres of the dead and activated ship, discuss Phantoon as a boss fight and as a character, that tricky Reserve Tank expansion, those pesky Worker Robots, our thoughts on and music, and more!

All this, plus we FINALLY know what Nintendo's E3 plans are! Come hang out with us!

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Episode 63: The Ups and Downs of the Metroid Series Over the Last 35 Years

Episode 63: The Ups and Downs of the Metroid Series Over the Last 35 Years

May 25, 2021

As we all know, Metroid celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, a landmark not many other franchises can claim to have hit. Over the years, there have some been some incredible high spots for the series: Super Metroid popularizing speed running, Ridley main eventing E3, the double release of Metroid Prime and Fusion, just to name a few. Of course, there have also been some bumps in the road - Other M missing the mark, Metroid skipping the N64, AM2R getting a C&D, etc. - along the way a well.

This week, the boys reminisce about some of their personal highs and lows for the series over the year as we look forward to E3. Come listen and let us know what your moment would be!

 

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