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* FairForItsDay: The way Samus reveals herself to be a women, by wearing either a leotard or a bikini, depending how quickly you complete the game, may come off as crude today. But when the game was first released, learning that you actually played a woman who had to fend off Space Pirates and parasitic aliens all by herself was pretty huge back then.

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* FairForItsDay: The way Samus reveals herself to be a women, woman, by wearing either a leotard or a bikini, depending how quickly you complete the game, may come off as crude today. But when the game was first released, learning that you actually played a woman who had to fend off Space Pirates and parasitic aliens all by herself was pretty huge back then.


** A couple of other entertaining coincidental passwords also exist and have become memetic. Besides the infamous "ENGAGE RIDLEY MOTHER FUCKER" password mentioned above, there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3M_c_PzC2A "MOTHER BRAIN? FUCKIN TOASST"]], which actually creates a valid file where [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mother Brain is already dead]]. The side effect is that it sets your playtime to over two years, ensuring that you will be stuck with the worst ending. Additionally, there is the [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} "ODDISH TAUROS MEWTWO VULPIX"]] password, which is somehow also valid.

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** A couple of other entertaining coincidental passwords also exist and have become memetic. Besides the infamous "ENGAGE RIDLEY MOTHER FUCKER" password mentioned above, there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3M_c_PzC2A "MOTHER BRAIN? FUCKIN TOASST"]], which actually creates a valid file where [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mother Brain is already dead]]. The side effect is that it sets your playtime to over two three hundred years, ensuring that you will be stuck with the worst ending. Additionally, there is the [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} "ODDISH TAUROS MEWTWO VULPIX"]] password, which is somehow also valid.

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* QuicksandBox: The game has no map and gives you no hints and not much of a sense of direction. It's very easy to get lost in this game without a player's guide.


** Metroids. They frequently appear in swarms, and can move fast and can grab you from any direction, which makes them very tricky to dodge. And if they get ahold of you, they can quickly drain all your health in mere seconds, and the only way to break free is to spam morph ball bombs (and even then, it can leave you open to be grabbed by another swarming Metroid nearby--no MookChivalry here--or even worse, it can accidentally knock you right back into the Metroids maw). Oh, and they're immune to all of your weapons except for freezing them with the Ice Beam and pummeling them with missiles--even the Wave Beam and Screw Attack just knocks them back for a second. And if you ''dont'' have the Ice Beam? Let's just say you're in for a world of hurt.

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** Metroids. They frequently appear in swarms, and can move fast and can grab you from any direction, which makes them very tricky to dodge. And if they get ahold of latch onto you, they can quickly drain all your health in mere seconds, and the only way to break free is to spam morph ball bombs (and even then, it can leave you open to be grabbed by another swarming Metroid nearby--no MookChivalry here--or even worse, it can [[CycleOfHurting accidentally knock you right back into the Metroids maw).Metroid's maw]]). Oh, and they're immune to all of your weapons except for freezing them with the Ice Beam and pummeling them with missiles--even the Wave Beam and Screw Attack just knocks them back for a second. And if you ''dont'' ''don't'' have the Ice Beam? Let's just say you're in for a world of hurt.[[ThisIsGonnaSuck Well...]]



** Inputting the password "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3UyVylP7AI ENGAGE RIDLEY MOTHER FUCKER]]". The results are hilarious, if suicidal. Note: Do ''not'' attempt to do this on a 3DS though. It's infamous for seriously messing with it should you attempt to do so. The code can also crash NES emulators if you use it on the re-release version of the game.

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** Inputting the password "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3UyVylP7AI ENGAGE RIDLEY MOTHER FUCKER]]". The results are hilarious, if suicidal. Note: Do ''not'' attempt to do this on a 3DS though. 3DS, though - It's infamous for seriously messing with it should you attempt to do so. The code can also crash NES emulators if you use it on the re-release version of the game.game, though it simply exits out of the game with little more than an error message in the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch Online NES library.



** A couple of other entertaining coincidental passwords also exist and have become memetic. One is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3M_c_PzC2A "MOTHER BRAIN? FUCKIN TOASST"]], which actually creates a valid file where Mother Brain is already dead. The side effect is that it sets your playtime to over two years, ensuring that you will be stuck with the worst ending. Additionally, there is the [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} "ODDISH TAUROS MEWTWO VULPIX"]] password, which is somehow also valid.

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** A couple of other entertaining coincidental passwords also exist and have become memetic. One is Besides the infamous "ENGAGE RIDLEY MOTHER FUCKER" password mentioned above, there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3M_c_PzC2A "MOTHER BRAIN? FUCKIN TOASST"]], which actually creates a valid file where [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mother Brain is already dead.dead]]. The side effect is that it sets your playtime to over two years, ensuring that you will be stuck with the worst ending. Additionally, there is the [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} "ODDISH TAUROS MEWTWO VULPIX"]] password, which is somehow also valid.



* NightmareRetardant: In contrast to his fearsome redesign from VideoGame/SuperMetroid and on, Ridley's cartoon alien design looks downright goofy in this game. Same with Kraid's impish stature compared to his [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever titanic redesign.]]
* ScrappyMechanic: No matter how many energy tanks you collect, Samus will always start with exactly 30 health. To avoid FakeDifficulty and getting killed within seconds of walking in a room with tougher enemies, players must give in to FakeLongevity by farming weaker enemies for health (which takes even longer after getting your first missile expansion, since enemies will often drop missiles instead of health regardless of how many missiles you're currently carrying).

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* NightmareRetardant: In contrast to his fearsome redesign from VideoGame/SuperMetroid and on, Ridley's cartoon alien design looks downright goofy in this game. Same with Kraid's impish stature compared to his [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever titanic redesign.]]
redesign]] and, to a lesser extent, Mother Brain's less detailed appearance (if thanks to GraphicsInducedSuperDeformed) compared to later games.
* ScrappyMechanic: No matter how many energy tanks you collect, Samus will always start with exactly 30 health.health when loading a password. To avoid FakeDifficulty and getting killed within seconds of walking in a room with tougher enemies, players must give in to FakeLongevity by farming weaker enemies for health (which takes even longer after getting your first missile expansion, since enemies will often drop missiles instead of health regardless of how many missiles you're currently carrying).


** Just forget about Mother Brain, because Rinkas are the true final boss of ''Metroid''. You know what you're in for as soon as you enter the second room of Tourian and [[FakeDifficulty immediately take unavoidable damage]] from Rinkas that spawn near the doorway, and they only get worse when you reach Mother Brain's chamber. There's always more than one Rinka on screen at a time, they respawn endlessly, and they aim directly at Samus's current position when they spawn, preventing her from standing still. Even with the Varia Suit equipped, they shave off a considerable amount of damage with each hit. Worse, they cause {{knockback}}, which is all that it takes to knock Samus off the tiny platform that would let her shoot Mother Brain; if Samus gets knocked into the pit of lava in front of Mother Brain, she is trapped there until she can freeze a Rinka and use it as a platform, but she's just as likely to have another Rinka immediately knocked her back into the lava as soon as she's out.

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** Just forget about Mother Brain, because Rinkas are the true final boss of ''Metroid''. You know what you're in for as soon as you enter the second room of Tourian and [[FakeDifficulty immediately take unavoidable damage]] from Rinkas that spawn near the doorway, and they only get worse when you reach Mother Brain's chamber. There's always more than one Rinka on screen at a time, they respawn endlessly, and they aim directly at Samus's current position when they spawn, preventing her from standing still. Even with the Varia Suit equipped, they shave off a considerable amount of damage with each hit. Worse, they cause {{knockback}}, which is all that it takes to knock Samus off the tiny platform that would let her shoot Mother Brain; if Samus gets knocked into the pit of lava in front of Mother Brain, she is trapped there until she can freeze a Rinka and use it as a platform, but she's just as likely to have another Rinka immediately knocked knock her back into the lava as soon as she's out.

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* FairForItsDay: The way Samus reveals herself to be a women, by wearing either a leotard or a bikini, depending how quickly you complete the game, may come off as crude today. But when the game was first released, learning that you actually played a woman who had to fend off Space Pirates and parasitic aliens all by herself was pretty huge back then.


* BreatherBoss: Compared to how hard the rest of the game is, [[ThatOneLevel especially the level where he resides]], Ridley is a ridiculously easy boss fight. He just hops up and down in place while spitting a bunch of fireballs at you. You can just freeze his fireballs in place or just stick right next to the ledge he's on. He can't attack while his fireballs are frozen, so he's a sitting duck for your Ice Beam, Missiles and Screw Attack.

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* BreatherBoss: Compared to how hard the rest of the game is, [[ThatOneLevel especially the level where he resides]], Ridley is a ridiculously easy boss fight. He just hops up and down in place while spitting a bunch of fireballs at you. You can just freeze his fireballs in place or just stick right next to the ledge he's on. He can't attack while his fireballs are frozen, so he's a sitting duck for your Ice Beam, Missiles and Screw Attack. This is in [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness stark contrast]] to [[ThatOneBoss virtually every appearance he makes after this game]].

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** Just forget about Mother Brain, because Rinkas are the true final boss of ''Metroid''. You know what you're in for as soon as you enter the second room of Tourian and [[FakeDifficulty immediately take unavoidable damage]] from Rinkas that spawn near the doorway, and they only get worse when you reach Mother Brain's chamber. There's always more than one Rinka on screen at a time, they respawn endlessly, and they aim directly at Samus's current position when they spawn, preventing her from standing still. Even with the Varia Suit equipped, they shave off a considerable amount of damage with each hit. Worse, they cause {{knockback}}, which is all that it takes to knock Samus off the tiny platform that would let her shoot Mother Brain; if Samus gets knocked into the pit of lava in front of Mother Brain, she is trapped there until she can freeze a Rinka and use it as a platform, but she's just as likely to have another Rinka immediately knocked her back into the lava as soon as she's out.


* MemeticMutation: The "Justin Bailey" password[[note]]which actually gets inputted in-game as "JUSTIN BAILEY ------ ------"[[/note]] spawns Samus in her pink leotard with almost all her power-ups. Theories have abounded about who Justin Bailey is or it's a reference to a so-called Australian phrase "just in a bailey (swimsuit)", but it's been confirmed the password is a coincidence[[note]]The password system is basically just an alphanumeric encryption of the game's memory stack at the time of death. The password in question translates to a binary value that, when inserted into the game's RAM, results in a specific loadout and starting location.[[/note]].

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* MemeticMutation: MemeticMutation:
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The "Justin Bailey" password[[note]]which actually gets inputted in-game as "JUSTIN BAILEY ------ ------"[[/note]] spawns Samus in her pink leotard with almost all her power-ups. Theories have abounded about who Justin Bailey is or it's a reference to a so-called Australian phrase "just in a bailey (swimsuit)", but it's been confirmed the password is a coincidence[[note]]The password system is basically just an alphanumeric encryption of the game's memory stack at the time of death. The password in question translates to a binary value that, when inserted into the game's RAM, results in a specific loadout and starting location.[[/note]].[[/note]].
** A couple of other entertaining coincidental passwords also exist and have become memetic. One is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3M_c_PzC2A "MOTHER BRAIN? FUCKIN TOASST"]], which actually creates a valid file where Mother Brain is already dead. The side effect is that it sets your playtime to over two years, ensuring that you will be stuck with the worst ending. Additionally, there is the [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} "ODDISH TAUROS MEWTWO VULPIX"]] password, which is somehow also valid.


* AntiClimaxBoss:
** Mother Brain is a stationary target whose only methods of attack are her turret cannons and rinkas. It's a tricky fight, but if you have enough missiles after you destroy the Zebetites, it's far from insurmountable.

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AntiClimaxBoss: Mother Brain is a stationary target whose only methods of attack are her turret cannons and rinkas. It's a tricky fight, but if you have enough missiles after you destroy the Zebetites, it's far from insurmountable.


** Ridley isn't a terribly exciting or challenging boss either. He just hops up and down in place while spitting a bunch of fireballs at you. On top of that, you can just freeze his fireballs in place or just stick right next to the ledge he's on. He can't attack while his fireballs are frozen, so he's a sitting duck for your Ice Beam, Missiles and Screw Attack.


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* BreatherBoss: Compared to how hard the rest of the game is, [[ThatOneLevel especially the level where he resides]], Ridley is a ridiculously easy boss fight. He just hops up and down in place while spitting a bunch of fireballs at you. You can just freeze his fireballs in place or just stick right next to the ledge he's on. He can't attack while his fireballs are frozen, so he's a sitting duck for your Ice Beam, Missiles and Screw Attack.


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* ThatOneLevel: Lower Norfair / Ridley's Lair. It has some of the nastiest enemies in the game and is guaranteed to rip any newbie who dares set foot in it without the Varia Suit or Screw Attack into wet pulp. Thankfully, [[BreatherBoss Ridley himself is ridiculously easy compared to his level.]]


** Ridley isn't a terribly exciting or challenging boss either. He just hops up and down in place while spitting a bunch of fireballs at you. On top of that, you can just freeze his fireballs in place or just stick right next to the ledge he's on. He's a sitting duck for your missiles and screw attack.

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** Ridley isn't a terribly exciting or challenging boss either. He just hops up and down in place while spitting a bunch of fireballs at you. On top of that, you can just freeze his fireballs in place or just stick right next to the ledge he's on. He's He can't attack while his fireballs are frozen, so he's a sitting duck for your missiles Ice Beam, Missiles and screw attack.Screw Attack.


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* NightmareRetardant: In contrast to his fearsome redesign from VideoGame/SuperMetroid and on, Ridley's cartoon alien design looks downright goofy in this game. Same with Kraid's impish stature compared to his [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever titanic redesign.]]


* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Playing the original game decades later can be rife with frustration, as Samus's jumping is floaty, you take lots of knockback from damage, you can't crouch or shoot diagonally, many of the rooms look the same, there's no map you can reference, and you can only save when you die, after which you must write down a complicated password and then grind back all the health you've lost. However, this was the first ever platformer of such a scale, back when [[WhenAllElseFailsGoRight going any other direction than right in a Platformer was unthinkable]]. While the environments don't change up much over the game, this allowed for a very expansive overworld for an NES cart, by far being one of the biggest games for the NES, and helped set the {{Metroidvania}} genre into motion. Thankfully, [[VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission a remake]] is available that makes the map less repetitive brings in the mechanics standardized by ''Super'', though some fans argue that it loses the challenge and mysterious air the original has.

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Playing the original game decades later can be rife with frustration, as Samus's jumping is floaty, you take lots of knockback from damage, you can't crouch or shoot diagonally, many of the rooms look the same, there's no map you can reference, and you can only save when you die, after which you must write down a complicated password and then grind back all the health you've lost. However, this was the first ever platformer of such a scale, back when [[WhenAllElseFailsGoRight going any other direction than right in a Platformer was unthinkable]]. While the environments don't change up much over the game, this allowed for a very expansive overworld for an NES cart, by far being one of the biggest games for the NES, and helped set the {{Metroidvania}} genre into motion. Thankfully, [[VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission a remake]] is available that makes the map less repetitive and brings in the mechanics standardized by ''Super'', though some fans argue that it loses the challenge and mysterious air the original has.


* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Playing the original game decades later can be rife with frustration, as Samus's jumping is floaty, you take lots of knockback from damage, you can't crouch or shoot diagonally, many of the rooms look the same, there's no map you can reference, and you can only save when you die, after which you must write down a complicated password and then grind back all the health you've lost. However, this was the first ever platformer of such a scale, back when [[WhenAllElseFailsGoRight going any other direction than right in a Platformer was unthinkable]]. While the environments don't change up much over the game, this allowed for a very expansive overworld for an NES cart, by far being one of the biggest games for the NES, and helped set the {{Metroidvania}} genre into motion.

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Playing the original game decades later can be rife with frustration, as Samus's jumping is floaty, you take lots of knockback from damage, you can't crouch or shoot diagonally, many of the rooms look the same, there's no map you can reference, and you can only save when you die, after which you must write down a complicated password and then grind back all the health you've lost. However, this was the first ever platformer of such a scale, back when [[WhenAllElseFailsGoRight going any other direction than right in a Platformer was unthinkable]]. While the environments don't change up much over the game, this allowed for a very expansive overworld for an NES cart, by far being one of the biggest games for the NES, and helped set the {{Metroidvania}} genre into motion. Thankfully, [[VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission a remake]] is available that makes the map less repetitive brings in the mechanics standardized by ''Super'', though some fans argue that it loses the challenge and mysterious air the original has.


* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Playing the original game decades later can be rife with frustration, as Samus's jumping is floaty, you take lots of knockback from damage, you can't crouch or shoot diagonally, many of the rooms look the same, there's no map you can reference, and you can only save when you die, after which you must write down a complicated password and then grind back all the health you've lost. However, this was the first ever platformer of such a scale, back when going any other direction than right in a Platformer was unthinkable. While the environments don't change up much over the game, this allowed for a very expansive overworld for an NES cart, by far being one of the biggest games for the NES, and helped set the {{Metroidvania}} genre into motion.

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Playing the original game decades later can be rife with frustration, as Samus's jumping is floaty, you take lots of knockback from damage, you can't crouch or shoot diagonally, many of the rooms look the same, there's no map you can reference, and you can only save when you die, after which you must write down a complicated password and then grind back all the health you've lost. However, this was the first ever platformer of such a scale, back when [[WhenAllElseFailsGoRight going any other direction than right in a Platformer was unthinkable.unthinkable]]. While the environments don't change up much over the game, this allowed for a very expansive overworld for an NES cart, by far being one of the biggest games for the NES, and helped set the {{Metroidvania}} genre into motion.

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