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 trilogy takes place between Metroid and Return of Samus, placing the game sixth in the timeline.
Samus lands on the desolate planet SR388 and enters a cave. Inside, she encounters a number of different types of life forms, such as Hornoads or Metroids. Alpha Metroids, Gamma Metroids, Zeta Metroids, and even Omega Metroids are all encountered. She continues deeper into the planet, forced to eliminate every Metroid as she goes along due to a mysterious dangerous fluid that prevents further progress. She reaches the bottom of the caverns and finds a giant Queen Metroid. After a large battle, Samus continues in and, right in front of her, a Metroid Hatchling hatches. Rather than attack her, it follows her, taking her as a maternal figure. Seeing the potential for scientific discoveries, she decides not to terminate it. She returns to her ship by way of an escape cavern.
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.