Super Metroid (SNES, 1994)
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Set immediately after the events of Metroid II, Super Metroid once again pits intergalactic bounter hunter Samus Aran against the Space Pirates. Whereas previous games in the series had been a little rough around the edges, Super Metroid was about as polished a product as one could find on the SNES. The game features a perfect balance of exploration, action, puzzle-solving, and strategy, all wrapped up in an atmospheric package. Super Metroid has it all: haunting music, a bittersweet story, tight play controls, epic boss fights, perfect pacing, and some of the prettiest 16-bit graphics you will ever see.