A New Patch Lets You Play the Oppressive Metroid 2 in Full Color

A New Patch Lets You Play the Oppressive Metroid 2 in Full Color

A little color should brighten SR388 right up (oh God it didn't work)!

It's been a few decades, but you can finally play Samus Aran's stark second adventure in living color. No, we're not talking about the Metroid 2 remakes (fan-made or official). We're talking about a fan-made patch that brings all the colors of the rainbow to her 1991 Game Boy title.

The patch, which you can find on Romhacking.net (thanks, Resetera), is a re-writing of a previous patch that was complete, but quite buggy. It also contains additional graphical improvements, according to its description.

Metroid 2 received its first taste of color with the Super Game Boy, a 1994 SNES add-on that gifts Game Boy games with a limited palette. While Metroid 2 looks decent on the Super Game Boy, this new patch gifts the game with a palette that's roughly equivalent to the NES.

If "old" Metroid 2 isn't your jam (it has some great ideas, but its gameplay is a bit limited), there are options. A stellar fan remake titled Another Metroid 2 Remake (AM2R) was released in 2016, but Nintendo's copyright department shot it down as soon as it took flight. You should still be able to find it, though [cough]. If you want something more official, 2017 brought us Metroid: Samus Returns for the Nintendo 3DS. In my opinion, they're both good for different reasons.

Metroid 2 has always been a controversial entry in the Metroid franchise. Whereas most Metroid games encourage combat and the exploration of biologically diverse areas, Metroid 2 sends you plunging int the bowels of the Metroid home world of SR288 on a hunt-and-destroy mission. While it's true ferreting out Metroids before taking on their Queen isn't always exciting, Metroid 2 boasts an impressively foreboding atmosphere for a Game Boy game. There isn't anything else quite like it, not even in its own series.

In any case, maybe playing (or re-playing) Metroid 2 in color will ease the wait for Metroid Prime 4.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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