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Metroid + Saving

Hack of Metroid


This hack replaces Metroid’s password system with a saving system, offering three save files. The file selection menu shows the player’s equipment, and as an added bonus, the player’s health is now saved (no need to grind for health every time you resume your game). The save system can be a handy addition for those who don’t like to use save-states, or those playing on a flash-cart.

Included is a scrollable map when the game is paused and the ability to combine wave and ice beams.

Version 0.3 fixes a bug that could prevent the game from booting correctly in some cases. The hack has been tested and confirmed to work on the PowerPak as well as a normal cart.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Metroid (U).nes
  • No-Intro Name: Metroid (USA)
  • (No-Intro version 20130731-235630)
  • File SHA-1: 9901E0B53828475CD77B4B684E0590252CB762D8
  • ROM SHA-1: FDBFC7871962F72A1EF57E5A7E456164FB93430B




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User Review Information

No More Passwords. Saving is Great!

Reviewed By: kennyblove on 09 Jun 2016

I think the improvements in this hack are tasteful, and they enhance the Metroid experience. The hack adds the ability to save up to three games, similar to Zelda, and it shows the items that have been collected on the save screen. It’s really nice. Within the game play there are two new features: the map, and the ability to combine the ice beam and wave beam. The map appears when the game is paused, and it’s really useful for getting through the game quickly especially if you only have a vague recollection of where things are. Also, the game was designed to be like a maze, and a lot of rooms look very similar. It’s easy to get lost, but the map helps to keep you oriented. I wish the map was larger, but it is scrollable with the d-pad. It would also be nice if the map would continue to scroll while the d-pad is being held down instead of continually having to press the d-pad in order to scroll. The ability to combine the ice beam and wave beam is really great. I don’t mind that you cannot turn this feature off. It seems like the ice beam by itself is more powerful than I remember, but I haven’t verified that.

The only issue I had with the hack was not knowing how to save a game without dying. I played through the game over the course of a few sittings, and at the end of every sitting I would kill Samus in order to save. I only learned today that there is a way to save the game without dying first, which explains the part in the hack description that says

“the player’s health is now saved”.

To save: pause the game, and then press UP + A on the second controller.

I have been playing the patched ROM on my NES using the Everdrive N8. It works flawlessly and it’s fantastic!

Version 0.3 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
No more back tracking...MiniComputer01 Nov 20190.3Yes
Cool, but...AgentCPU031 Dec 20180.3Yes
Great! But we lose the introPrince Valmont16 Nov 20180.3Yes
It's not buggyPaar24 Jul 20160.3Yes
No More Passwords. Saving is Great!kennyblove09 Jun 20160.3Yes
Glitched, but love the improvements!CheTralfara02 Mar 20160.3No
MapTRIFORCE8923 Jan 20150.3Yes
Really Adds to the Game!Proveaux26 Feb 2013N/AYes
A great addition to add especially if you playing off console!!mrrichard99926 Feb 2013N/AYes