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Weekly Poll: Metroid Mania

Weekly Poll for 8-13-2007 Somebody help me because I'm about to make the same mistake again.  Time for the confession: I don't really like the Metroid Prime games.  There, I said it.  I jumped right into the original Prime when it first came out, even preordered it from Best Buy just to be sure I'd get a copy on release day, and proceeded to play through it with the hope that sooner or later it would become fun.  As often for me with first-person perspective games, eventually Metroid Prime kicked my ass somewhere around the battle with the Omega Pirate.  Then came the sequel, and since I'm a sucker for the whole "light world / dark world" dynamic I bought Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on release day (without a reservation; ooh, living dangerously) and once again got my head handed to me barely midway through the game while waiting for the whole experience to become fun.

You think I'd have figured it out by then that Metroid Prime just ain't for me.  But no.  Metroid Prime Hunters hit the Nintendo DS last year and - get this - I knew I would not enjoy it after playing the First Hunt demo included with the DS and playing the multiplayer mode at E3.  Let me say it again: I knew I would not enjoy Metroid Prime Hunters.  As you can probably guess, I bought it anyway.  On release.  Why?  Deep down I wanted it to be fun.  I want to enjoy a Metroid Prime game so badly that with Metroid Prime 3: Corruption coming next week, I'm very tempted to pick it up.  On release.  I'm fighting back that urge somewhat by choosing to rent it first, but if all of the rental copies are taken then I may resort to my lowest end.  To date the only Metroid Prime game that I have enjoyed and completed is Metroid Prime Pinball.  Make of that what you will.

But the crazy thing is that I love the 2D Metroid games.  All of them from the original NES title to the gray-and-white Metroid II: The Return of Samus through Super Metroid and into Metroid Fusion and Zero Mission.  This week I'm asking you to choose your favorite Metroid title.  Feel free to explain why you love that one special Metroid game by leaving some comments.