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Metroid - Rogue Dawn

Hack of Metroid


(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




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

A Masterpiece!

Reviewed By: Sephirous on 22 Jan 2017

To start off, I have to say this is one of the most in depth hacks of the original Metroid game I have ever played. In my opinion the graphics represent close to what I call 15 Bit.. While you are playing this game at times you forget that you are playing an NES Game. The Sprites and Background Graphics are very close to the 16 Bit look but can still be recognized at 8 Bit as well. When I first turned on the game I was surprised to see that the prologue referenced a man named General Ridley. I of course figured that this was ether the man that first came in contact with the Space Pirate Ridley and that is how it got its name. But to my surprise as the game went on, Dawn Aran isn’t part of the Galactic Federation but stapling this title as the first Metroid game where you play not as the good guy but the villain. In which case gave me the chills to think that my progress in this game literally leads up to the next Metroid Game where I will take control of Samus and basically fight to undo what Dawn has completed in this prequel. I find that amazing that this was thought up and carried out so well. There is even a segment where it questions your natural instinct. You have the choice to either leave things as is ensuring safety to the remaining Federation or choose to take their final chance of being rescued and seal the fate of the remaining Federation Members altogether. Playing through the first time, You are not given any kind of guide as to what choice you should make. So it is just a matter of chance. The music was done by none other than Musical Genius Optomon and it certainly shows. There are some new catchy tunes as well as some remixes from the original Metroid Games. The music sets the tone and gives a great atmosphere and feeling to the sections of both the planet and ship areas. I was a little worried about the boss sprites expecting there to only be two bosses and one final boss, But to my surprise once again the creators of this hack took things to the next level and created a third boss battle. This makes the game even more less like the original Metroid’s original design, which I think is very important when it comes to designing hacks. You don’t want to create a game where the player feels like they are just playing a copy of the original game with simply different graphics and sprites. Other than that, I did come to a point in the game where I found one of the Easter Eggs that at first gave me a bad impression. But luckily it turned out I played the game in the wrong order. At first I thought the Easter Egg was part of the main game play. But then I found out I just happened to take the secret route directly after the first boss causing an illusion that it was part of the main game play. In which case once I realized the error was on my part, I once again saw the game as an excellent masterpiece. The design of the first area’s of the planet give off a perfect aura that gives the player a feeling of nostalgia. When I first landed on the planet I had a moment where I realized the events of Samus Aran have not happened yet and we are in a time before Ridley and Samus battled on Zebes. I don’t know exactly how to explain it, But the creators of the this game did a perfect job on making the game feel like it was designed before the events of Metroid versus just writing a story that says or claims that it takes place in the past. When you go through the caverns or stand inside the ship, You just know Samus, Zebes, The Metroid Queen and many other things, simply have not happened yet and you are shaping that future with every move you make. I can’t think of anything negative to say about this game except one story element that confused me a little. Dawn’s last name is Aran which is the same as Samus’s. Did this mean that they are related in some way? I originally had the impression that Dawn was Samus but before she changed her name or something in that nature. Ether way, This is a game that is definitely worth checking out. First impressions may turn you away at times, But I can assure you that if you continue on and give it a chance. It will live up to its name and become known as the best prequel any game creator could have developed! With that said…..Maybe another prequel/sequel some day?? :-)

Version 1.10 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
In the running for "Best NES game"Burningtrash4heat08 Feb 20201.21Yes
Past and present meet with a bang...jm10288705 Feb 20201.21Yes
So Much Love and Dedication Went Into This ModMorinis03 Feb 20201.21Yes
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