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Developer(s) Fuse Games
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) Flag of the United States/Flag of Canada October 24, 2005
Flag of Australia December 1, 2005
Flag of Japan January 19, 2006
European flag June 22, 2007
Genre(s) Pinball
Mode(s) Single player
Up to 8 player Multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: E
CERO: All Ages
OFLC: G
PEGI: 3+
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Media Cartridge
Nintendo DS Rumble Pak (Optional)
System requirements 1 Nintendo DS for single player, 1-8 players for multiplayer mode.

Metroid Prime Pinball (メトロイドプライムピンボール Metoroido Puraimu Pinbōru?) is a pinball-themed game in the Metroid series. The game uses the graphical style and various story elements from Metroid Prime. It was developed by Fuse Games, the developers of Mario Pinball Land for the Game Boy Advance. The game has received generally favorable reviews, holding a 79% at Metacritic[1] and an 82% at Game Rankings.[2] It was compatible and comes bundled with the Nintendo DS Rumble Pak.

StoryEdit

There is no explicit storyline in the game. However, events are loosely based on the plot in Metroid Prime, where the player must acquire 12 Chozo Artifacts, gain access to the Artifact Temple, and finally defeat Metroid Prime in both its forms. Metroid Prime Pinball can simply be seen as a pinball game with a Metroid Prime theme, like the various real pinball machines with themes based on various franchises.

GameplayEdit

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Metroid Prime Pinball plays much like a normal pinball game. There is an assortment of typical pinball items including flippers, spinners, bumpers, and ramps. Pinball also adds quite a few new mechanics to the classic pinball formula that can't exist in real pinball, such as enemies that wander around the table, wall-jumping, shooting, and colored targets that can only be dropped by hitting them with the same-color balls.

Samus herself serves as the ball in the game in her Morph Ball form. The touch screen can be used to "nudge" the pinball machine and alter the direction in which Samus can go. Multiball is available as two-ball Phazon-generated colored clones of Samus, along with up to three regular Samus clone balls. Samus can also get out of her Morph Ball form on the bottom screen, and is controlled via the touch screen, rotating her left and right to aim her Arm Cannon at enemies.

TablesEdit

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The main game consists of six tables, all of which are based upon areas from Metroid Prime. The game begins with two tables available for play. The Pirate Frigate and Tallon Overworld tables serve as the main source of Chozo Artifacts, where they are awarded as prizes for completing objectives. Access to two more tables is granted upon activating all the objectives within either table. Completion of these objectives is not necessary to move on.

In the next two tables, Phendrana Drifts and Phazon Mines , the player acquires a new ability on each table, along with battling a large boss creature. This boss is the source of one Chozo Artifact, and victory is required to move on to the next table.

Completing any objective will earn an artifact unless ten artifacts have already been acquired from completing objectives, in which case a special will be awarded instead of an artifact. A special is worth 50,000 points like an artifact but does not count toward the artifact total.

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Twelve artifacts are required to access the Artifact Temple. This table is unique in that the player is given a 6-ball multiball, and losing all the balls does not detract from the extra balls. To complete this table, the gamer must hit twelve different targets scattered throughout the table, while being bombarded from above by Meta Ridley. If all of the balls are lost in any way, by draining off the table or being destroyed by Meta Ridley, the table immediately ends. While none of the twelve artifacts collected will be lost, players will be forced to go back to a different table and complete it before being allowed another attempt at the Artifact Temple.

Upon completing the Artifact Temple, access is granted to the final table, Impact Crater, where the final ability, the Force Ball, is held. The only objective on this table is defeating Metroid Prime. Once this objective has been completed, the game starts again with a greater difficulty, all the tables are available for single-table play, and expert mode is unlocked.

The first two levels contain game modes that are able to be activated through various methods. These include "Gunship Multiball," "Clone Multiball," "Phazon Multiball," "Parasite Purge," "Burrower Bash," "Shriekbat Shootout," "Beetle Blast," "Metroid Mania," "Phazon Frenzy," "Space Pirate Panic," "Triclops Terror," "Wall Jump," and "Hurry Up".

MultiplayerEdit

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The multiplayer option requires only one copy of the game and allows for up to 8 players to compete in a race to reach a target score. This mode uses a seventh table, Magmoor Caverns, which does not exist in single-player. The multiplayer mode can be played with only one player simply by selecting the start game option without any other players being on the downloads list.

TriviaEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Metroid Prime Pinball (ds: 2005). Metacritic. Retrieved on 2007-04-04.
  2. ^ Metroid Prime Pinball Reviews. Game Rankings. Retrieved on 2007-04-04.


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