Metroid HD: FAQ
We’ve been getting a lot of questions and it seems Metroid HD has confused a lot of you. So to help, we’ve compiled a list of questions we’ve been getting lately about this hack.
Q: What is Metroid HD?
A: Metroid HD is, at its core, Metroid 1, as in the actual NES game. I can’t express this enough: it is Metroid 1. However, playing the ROM through a special emulator called Mesen and a “HD” texture pack, it allows you “skin” the game with updated graphics and sound. The hack was created by a guy who goes by Aclectico.
Q: Can I play this on my Everdrive?
A: I guess you didn’t read the first question. The game can be played exclusively through a PC, Windows or Linux-based emulator called Mesen.
Q: Seriously though, I want this on my Everdrive!
A: No, until Everdrive gives you the ability to add skins to games (pretty unlikely), you’re just out of luck on that.
Q: So how do I play this? Where can I get it?
A: The game patch can be downloaded through this forum thread on Romhacking.net.
Q: I don’t know a lot about emulation or have any ROMs. Can you help me?
A: The staff Metroid Database will not assist anyone with the usage, support, or sharing of any files related with Metroid ROMs or emulators.
Q: How do I find the ROM? Give me the link!
A: Google is your friend.
Q: Help, I’m getting an error. Which ROM works with this patch?
A: I had success with a Metroid ROM that was labeled Metroid (U) (PRG0) [!].nes.
Q: Wait a sec – this is completely different than NEStroid! You start with 99 health, there’s save files, updated bosses, wavy-ice beam, and a map!
A: That’s correct. The game was based off another hack called Metroid mOTHER. (This is a hack that I had a hand in helping create) The hack was taken and built on top of, and the result helped Metroid HD become the best game it could be. A lot of hackers work this way – building off of other people’s work. It’s a big collaborative effort that everyone does in their spare time.
Q: So… isn’t this basically just Metroid Zero Mission?
A: No, again, I guess you didn’t read the first question. And also – have you even PLAYED Metroid Zero Mission? MZM is a radically different game than Metroid 1 – There’s way more bosses, completely altered map design, more weapons and power ups, an entire segment where you play as Zero Suit Samus in the Space Pirate ship, extremely refined gameplay… I could go on.
Q: So… isn’t this basically Super Metroid?
A: See the answer to the previous questions.
Q: So – I think I got it. It’s Metroid 1 with a graphics skin, and minor improvements that help make the game be a little bit more accessible to modern audiences. Did I get it?
A: Yes, chum I think you got it!
Here’s some screenshots that I took from my stream yesterday. You gotta play it if you want to see the unspoilered version! Enjoy, good luck, and see you next mission!
Metroid HD – coming to an emulator near you
The game is essentially Metroid 1, but with Super-like graphics. This is done through an emulator called Mesen which basically allows you to “skin” old NES games and update the graphics. Check out our stream on Twitch at 3pm CST today!
I actually had an indirect hand in this hack’s creation – it involves using the hack called Metroid mOTHER as a base and then improves the game’s graphics considerably. I’ll be talking more about it during the stream. See you there!
Dark Samus Reveal Trailer
This makes the Metroid representation count to 4! Seriously if you’re not beyond hyped for this game yet, there’s no hope for you.
Today’s Smash Direct was INCREDIBLE! I would say this was probably one of the biggest and juiciest Directs they’ve ever had in the series’ inception. They’ve just announced a total of 5 new fighters, including…. DUN DUN DUN DARK SAMUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Dark Samus
- Simon Belmont (Castlevania)
- Richter Belmont (Castlevania)
- Chrom (Fire Emblem)
- King K. Rool (Donkey Kong Country)
Not to mention tons of new assist trophies, items, stages and modes galore. Don’t miss this direct, it’s a doozy!
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Starting at 12:00pm PST today and running until Sunday, the annual Metroid HQ Metroid Marathon for Child’s Play Charity is upon us! Go watch on their Twitch.
Schedule is here:
New cameo found: DK Tropical Freeze
Four years have passed since Retro Studios’ Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze released on the Wii U, and the Switch port was released in May. We knew about Samus’s ship in the background of Busted Bayou, but since then, Metroid fans have wondered if there were any other cameos that the team secretly put in the game. The answer was no… until now. It turns out that one has finally been found by Twitter user @shanemarchis.
— Shane Marchis (@ShaneMarchis) August 3, 2018
- Go to stage 4-3, Amiss Abyss.
- A little ways past the first checkpoint you’ll swim past a sign with a green arrow on it that looks remarkably similar to the Speed Booster symbol. Swim past the sign and go up the tunnel until it ends.
- Turn around and go back down through the tunnel. You’ll notice that there are now jellyfish swimming in it that you’ll need to avoid. You’ll then come to a wall of electric anemone that you’ll have to take damage and swim through as you’re given temporary invincibility. Once you’re through, you’ll see a few fish swimming upward in the background. After the fish, you’ll see a metroid swimming along behind them!
Great job for finding this, Shane!
Ridley Amiibo Now Available for Preorder
Ridley (And Smash Bros. Ultimate) is available December 7, 2018.
Smashbros.com: Fighter #65
Ridley is the 65th fighter to be added to the Smash Bros. roster. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate contains a total of 65 characters, which is the full roster – meaning every single character that has ever been playable in any Smash Bros. game, will be selectable as a playable fighter in this game.
Smashbros.com has created an all new page showcasing their newest fighter, Ridley. Go check it out now!