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Shinesparkers Poll: Your favorite Metroid game (2022)

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For the second year running, Shinesparkers readers have voted for their favorite Metroid game, with 798 votes cast (up from 705 votes last year) for 14 Metroid games, from the original Metroid all the way to Metroid Dread. Without further ado, here are the results!

Please note: At the time of gathering votes for the poll, Metroid Prime 4 had not released, so they were not included in our poll. The Metroid Prime Trilogy was not included in this years vote.

14th – Metroid (Nintendo Famicom Disk System, 1986) – 1 vote (-1)

Being the first Metroid title doesn’t guarantee a place in the hearts of fans it seems, sitting at the bottom of our list is the original Metroid, appearing first for the Famicom Disk System. Dropping down a single vote compared to last year.

13th – Metroid Prime Pinball (Nintendo DS, 2005) – 3 votes (-1)

Metroid Prime Pinball didn’t score highly in our chart, placing 13th, a vote down from the previous year. It seems this spin-off didn’t quite make its mark with fans this year.

10th – Metroid: Samus Returns (Nintendo 3DS, 2017) – 4 votes (-14)

10th – Metroid Prime: Federation Force (Nintendo 3DS, 2016) – 4 votes (+3)

10th – Metroid: Other M (Nintendo Wii, 2010) – 4 votes (No change)

Metroid: Samus Returns is part of a three-way tie with four votes, down fourteen votes from the 2021 vote. Joining it is Metroid Prime: Federation Force, which gained three additional votes this year. Finally, Metroid: Other M is also in joint 10th position, with no change in the number of votes compared to 2021.

Joint 8th – Metroid II: Return of Samus (Nintendo Game Boy, 1991) – 6 votes (+1)

Joint 8th – Metroid Prime Hunters (Nintendo DS, 2006) – 6 votes (+1)

Metroid Prime Hunters reached a joint 8th in our favorite Metroid game poll for 2022 with six votes, up a single vote compared to last year. It shares the spot with Metroid II: Return of Samus which also gained a single vote based on last year’s poll.

7th – Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Nintendo Wii, 2007) – 20 votes (+3)

With twenty votes, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is 7th in the poll, up three votes this time around. Were you one of the people who voted for it?

6th – Metroid Zero Mission (Nintendo Game Boy Advance, 2004) – 62 votes (-34)

Placing 6th is Metroid Zero Mission, collecting a massive sixty-two votes! But unfortunately it suffers a drop of thirty-four votes compared to our 2021 poll. Did people fall out of love with it? Or did the games in those top spots take away from it?

5th – Metroid Fusion (Nintendo Game Boy Advance, 2002) – 93 votes (-39)

Metroid Fusion did significantly well last year, placing second in our 2021 poll. This year, it gained a respectable ninety-three votes, but suffered the largest loss compared to last year’s poll, down thirty-nine votes.

4th – Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Nintendo GameCube, 2004) – 118 votes (+34)

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes enters 4th place with one-hundred-and-eighteen votes, gaining an additional thirty-four votes compared to 2021.

3rd – Metroid Prime (Nintendo GameCube, 2002) – 137 votes (+30)

Metroid Prime places a respectable 3rd place, with 137 votes, gaining an additional thirty compared to 2021.

2nd – Super Metroid (Super Nintendo, 1994) – 162 votes (+7)

Last year’s winner continues to impress our community with a huge one-hundred-and-sixty-two votes, but only gaining an additional seven votes on last year’s poll. Another fantastic achievement for a timeless game.

1st – Metroid Dread (Nintendo Switch, 2021) – 178 votes (New entry)

But our top spot this year goes to Metroid Dread, the brand new title in the Metroid series which gained a whopping one-hundred-and-seventy-eight votes, comfortably sitting at 1st place. There has been a tremendous amount of support for the game since it launched in October last year, so it’s no surprise to us that it has done so well. A huge congratulations to Mercury Steam and Nintendo for a solid Metroid title.

Once again, a huge thanks to everyone who voted in this year’s poll. To repeat what we said last year: If your favorite game didn’t win, or if it didn’t receive the amount of votes you thought it might, please don’t be disheartened. This poll isn’t the final say on what is and isn’t the greatest Metroid title, and every video game made is a miracle, and each one should be celebrated.