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Metroid - Rogue Dawn

Hack of Metroid

Description:

(Updated to Version 1.21 - See “readme” for change log)

Metroid: Rogue Dawn is an unofficial prequel to the original Metroid game released in 1986. 30 years later, we bring you the events that unfolded before Samus’s famous “zero” mission on planet Zebes.

The original Metroid manual tells us about a deep-space research ship that was attacked. The Space Pirates seized a capsule said to contain a previously unknown life form in a state of suspended animation. Rogue Dawn surrounds these events that led up to the theft of the capsule, which ultimately placed the Metroids under the control of Ridley and the Mother Brain. The mission to acquire the capsule was placed in the hands of one of Ridley’s best-kept secrets: a rogue human agent, trained and manipulated by Ridley from a young age…

Taken as a child from a Galactic Federation colony obliterated by Ridley’s faction, she was initially just another test subject slated to undergo horrific experiments. Ridley decided to instead manipulate and mold her into a weapon, his first human servant and dark agent. Primed yet untested, she is sent out on her own “zero” mission. She will retrieve a newly-discovered biological specimen in the possession of a Federation research crew orbiting planet SR388 and prove her worth.

Her name is Dawn Aran.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Metroid (USA).nes - NOINTRO
  • CRC32: A2C89CB9
  • MD5: D77C8053168DA14B360BF5CAECCC5964
  • SHA-1: ECF39EC5A33E6A6F832F03E8FFC61C5D53F4F90B
  • SHA-256: E6E6B7014685ADAE447EBB3833242815747BC1E5DF83ADE79F693FB67CF565B6

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
GrimlockProductionProject Lead, Graphics, Level Design, Project Concept
snarfblamHackingASM Programing, Game Editor Development, & Additional Graphics
OptomonHackingCustom Sound Engine Modifications, Sound Effects, and Track Development
ParasyteHackingAdditional Programming
Kenta KurodaniHackingAdditional Programming
DemickXIIGraphicsAdditional Graphics
M-TeeGraphicsHive Easter Egg Characters
MrRichard999GraphicsProvided extracted font from Shadow Brain

User Review Information

Sets a new standard for NEStroid.

Reviewed By: kagerato on 21 Jan 2017

This is, in short, the best Metroid 1 hack released to date. It’s pretty much overhaul from top to bottom. Fans of the game will recognize the engine and some of the gameplay quirks, but other than that it looks, sounds, and feels like a new game.

Everything here is high quality by ROM hacking standards. The graphics are about as good as you can do within the strict limitations of the NES; I especially enjoyed certain new animations. The scoring is excellent and will be loved by any chiptunes fan. The levels are diverse in design and character and span a far greater area than the original game. There are a few new items and some other nice changes (for example, beam stacking). Plotting is pretty much totally original script and doesn’t interfere with gameplay at all (a requirement for any serious metroidvania).

It took me about seven hours to finish with 90% items, and would totally be worth multiple replays. SRAM based saving is supported now, so no more messing with long passwords or needing to utilize save states between sessions.

Have fun; I sure did.

Version 1.10 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
This is Professional Work, Folksfiredropdl16 Nov 20181.21Yes
A very good hackscipion303 May 20181.21Yes
You're not one of the good guys, Aranvivify9315 Nov 20171.21Yes
Modest and Confidentrainponcho30 Mar 20171.21Yes
Simply Exceptional! [No Spoilers]lexluthermiester24 Jan 20171.10Yes
Epicly Epic! (May contain spoilers)SacredHooves23 Jan 20171.10Yes
A Masterpiece!Sephirous22 Jan 20171.10Yes
Sets a new standard for NEStroid.kagerato21 Jan 20171.10Yes
Excellentliraman17 Jan 20171.10Yes
Incredible8-bitBishop15 Jan 20171.10Yes