Metroid Prime: Hunters
|Metroid: Prime Hunters|
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|Release Date(s)||NA March 20, 2006|
Metroid Prime: Hunters was a highly anticipated first person shooter for the Nintendo DS that was released on March 20, 2006 in North America. Prior to the game's release a demo version of the game was shipped with ealry copies of the Nintendo DS. This demo was called Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt. The demo impressed many people, and showed what the Nintendo DS was capable of. Metroid Prime: Hunters was one of the first video games to utilize Nintendo's Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection technology, which is now prominent on the Nintendo DS as well as the Nintendo Wii. The game featured many things that relate to the Metroid Prime games, like weapons, enemies, and others. This game also featured somewhat cinematic scenes at points.
This first-person shooter uses wireless internet technology (Wi-Fi) to connect up to four players simultaneously. Each player selects one of seven characters and embarks on a mission to destroy their three opponents in a clash of epic proportions. Touch the stylus to the bottom screen to rotate the camera, aim and fire, or to transform into a Morph Ball. The game features the same artwork, sound, graphics, architecture and ambiance found in the huge hit Metroid Prime for the Nintendo Gamecube. Samus has some new foes, which are playable in multiplayer.
 Storyline Overview
Metroid Prime: Hunters, takes place between Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. The plot revolves around the Galactic Federation receiving a telepathic message stating that the "ultimate power" resides in the Alimbic solar system. Samus Aran, the Bounty Hunter protagonist of the Metroid series, is called into action to investigate. Unfortunately, she wasn't the only one to pick up the message. Six other Hunters also heard it, and they're making their way there to claim the ultimate power for themselves. Now Samus has to fight off other Bounty Hunters, each with their own fighting styles, while working out the mystery of the Alimbic race in a race to claim this "ultimate power" for good, and not evil.
Hunters received fairly generous reviews for the most part. IGN.com gave the game a 9.0 out of 10, calling it "Outstanding". Gamespot gave Hunters an 8.6 out of 10, and called the game "Great". Metacritic gives generally favorable reviews, with a score of 85 out of 100. Adrenaline Vault stated, "The multiplayer, however, is where this release shines. This is by far the most successful implementation of Nintendo's WFC service as of so far, and stands as an essential buy for anybody interested in experiencing the online capabilities of the DS." giving the game a full 100 out of 100. Pelit (Finland) gave the game a score of 80 out of 100 and stated, "Metroid Prime Hunters has the Metroid Prime atmosphere, but suffers from simplified content, which is not compensated in any way in the adventure mode. Nice multiplayer options, though!".
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