First impressions are everything. First impressions are everything. The first stage in a game is its greeting to a player, the first chance it gets to get out there and say ‘hello’ and to show everybody what it’s made of.
Considering sequence breaking to do bosses out-of-order, and the open-ended nature of the game in and of itself, I don't think there really is a "first level" to Super Metroid. It's just one gigantic "level" split up into different "regions". That's just my opinion, though, and it does bring up an interesting point of debate, as to whether or not games like Metroid can be considered to have levels. Anyone else wanna weigh in on this one? Sounds like we might actually have something interesting on our hands here.^_^ You get an up-vote for bringing up an interesting topic, however unintentionally.
I think the first level of Mario would have been less of a success without that fantastic Star Man mid-way through the stage. The song from that little item made me want to run faster far more than any song from Sonic ever has.XD
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