Metroid II: Return of Samus
|Position in Timeline|
|Metroid||Release Date||Super Metroid|
|Metroid Prime 3: Corruption / Metroid Prime Trilogy||Metroid Chronology||Super Metroid|
Metroid II: Return of Samus is the second game of the Metroid franchise, and is the original sequel to the 1986 NES title Metroid. It was released for the Game Boy in 1991. Chronologically, its events follow those of the Metroid Prime: Trilogy and precede those of Super Metroid.
Although Return of Samus was originally intended to be a sequel to Metroid, several newer games take place between the two titles. The entire Metroid Prime series takes place between Metroid and Return of Samus, placing the game sixth in the timeline.
Samus lands on the desolate planet SR388, the Metroid home world. Her mission is to eliminate every Metroid on the planet. Inside the labyrinthian cave system of the planet, she encounters many different hostile life forms, such as Hornoads and the Metroids. Alpha Metroids, Gamma Metroids, Zeta Metroids, and even Omega Metroids. As Samus proceeds deeper into the planet, she is forced to eliminate every Metroid. When she finally reaches the farthest depths of the caverns and she finds a giant Queen Metroid. After a difficult battle with the Queen, Samus continues to search for the last remaining Metroid, only to discover a Metroid Hatchling. Rather than attacking her, it follows her, believing Samus is its maternal figure. Seeing the potential for scientific discoveries, Samus decides not to terminate it. She returns to her ship by way of an escape cavern that is cleared out by the baby Metroid.
After Samus's mission on SR388 is over, she brings the last surviving Metroid to the Ceres Space Colony to have scientists harness its power. After it is stolen by Ridley, Samus returns to Zebes to find it. This story is told in the 1994 SNES title Super Metroid.
Based on the amount of time in which the player beats the game, there are three different possible endings while the credits play.
The possible endings are:
- 5 or more hours: Samus keeps running.
- Between 3 to 5 hours: Samus curls into a ball, jumps, and lands.
- Under 3 hours: Samus curls into a ball, jumps, and lands wearing a bikini.
- Return of Samus is the only main Metroid game not to have an exclusive game page on the official Nintendo press site (username: guest, password: nintendo).
- Return of Samus is also the only 2D game that was not developed by Metroid director Yoshio Sakamoto.