Super Metroid (スーパーメトロイド Sūpā Metoroido ), also known as Metroid 3, is a video game developed by Nintendo R&D1 and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Super Metroid is the third installment in the Metroid series. With its 24-megabit (3 megabyte) cartridge size, it was the largest video game ever created at the time of its release. It is a 2D “Metroidvania” platform video game with action and adventure elements. Game progression revolves around gathering Power-ups that allow Samus Aranto overcome obstacles in order to access new parts of the world. Like most Metroid games, the world has a non-linear design and features many hidden areas, making exploration a central concept of the game. It is considered as one of the greatest video games of all time, and its formula has served as the primary basis for most Metroid games to follow.
Super Metroid was released on the Wii’s Virtual Console on August 20, 2007 as part of the “month of Metroid” campaign.It was also added as one of the Masterpiece demos in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, allowing 3 minutes of play from 3 different saves.
The game was made available on the Wii U’s Virtual Console from May 15, 2013 to June 13, 2013 as part of the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign, which allows for GamePad-only play and customizable controls. Those who owned the Wii Virtual Console version of Super Metroid were able to get the Wii U Virtual Console version for a reduced price. On April 14, 2016, the game was be re-released once again through an improved Virtual Console, exclusively on the New Nintendo 3DS XL.