in my last post i mentioned that metroid prime 3: corruption was the last main metroid game i had to finish. the last metroid game was actually the only spin-off the series has seen thus far, metroid prime pinball, which i played through immediately after finishing MP3. so now i’ve officially finished the whole series! w00t! but more on that later …
metroid prime pinball was enjoyable and makes good use of the metroid prime 1 assets, including sound effects, bosses, powerups (bombs, power bombs, and missiles), and general aesthetic, and the boards fit perfectly on the two-screen tall DS. the pinball games i’ve played thus far haven’t been character driven in this way, and it made for a nice change of pace; i’m looking forward to exploring that side of pinball video gaming more. i also enjoyed the bit of extra kick the game gets from the under-utilized rumble pak. (also, just a side note for anyone who didn’t already know, you can bump the table by swiping the touch screen, something i didn’t find out until after i had beaten the game, doh!)
you can play any single board you’ve unlocked in a high-score mode, but the mission mode, where you progress through a pinball version of the metroid prime story, is the real draw. however, the game suffers from being quite uneven. first off, there are two boards you can start off on, tallon IV and the pirate frigate, but the latter is much more difficult and soon you’ll be constantly skipping it in favor of the former. the tallon IV board is by far the most enjoyable and polished part of the game. the board has heaps of things to do on it, and you’re required to complete numerous missions, including non-pinball oriented mini-games such as shooting down enemies, in order to obtain artifacts to beat the mission mode. pirate frigate has a similar setup but feels barer, and the four remaining boards are focused on boss battles and in comparison are quite short and simple. finishing this mode is satisfying and i didn’t mind that the overall experience didn’t drag on, although i had little interest in tackling the expert mode that becomes unlocked.
all in all, a fun experience and i can now say i’ve officially beaten all the metroid games. will be posting a separate entry on that before too long. in the mean time, here’s to many more years of power suit-losing, morph ball-rolling, speedrunning, and spin attacking greatness from ms. samus aran!
flip through these metroid prime pinball links:
– good FAQ at gamefaqs
– tips on expert mode
– apparently nintendo power game the game a whopping 9.5 out of 10
– entry at wikipedia
– and just for fun, someone’s created a necklace of a metroid eating a pikachu, haha.