Metroidvania: Super Metroid and the Definition of a Genre

As seen in the latest This Week in Video Game History, Super Metroid came out this week in 1994. Since then, it has garnered praise from every corner of the games industry, often appearing in many best games of all time lists. Future iterations would go on to be critically acclaimed, but none has seen the love that Super Metroid still has from fans the world over. But as good as the game itself is, what is even more impressive is how it defined a genre of game badly in need of a definition.

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