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Sure, these days have almost every game sporting the newfangled 3D, but way back when, everyone had to live with plain old 2D. 2D, or two dimensions, limit the game to scrolling backgrounds, but some games even now make use of this basic concept.
Games where characters have a cannon for an arm.
Backtracking is the act of navigating through previously explored areas, usually for the purpose of progressing in an objective-based adventure game. Players who are lost may also backtrack to reorient themselves.
Bulls are a species of floating, plant-like creatures that make multiple appearances in the Metroid series.
The Chozo are a race of bird people that exist in the Metroid universe. The series canon states that members of this race raised Samus Aran to become a strong warrior after she was orphaned.
The Core-X is what emerges from bosses in Metroid Fusion. When defeated, they provide Samus with suit upgrades.
Some creatures can easily take off some of their "major" body parts without any real harm to them. Sometimes they can grow new ones quickly or re-attach the parts they took off.
The Galactic Federation is a galaxy-wide government of the Metroid series. Its importance in the Metroid storyline has increased as the series as progressed.
The face of the Metroid franchise, a race of parasitic creatures used in various experiments and tests.
A style of action-adventure gameplay revolving around exploring a labyrinth with the necessity of locating new items and equipment to progress beyond otherwise impassable obstacles. The concept is named for its common usage in the Metroid and Castlevania franchises. While the term most commonly refers to 2D games, it can also refer to 3D games.
An opponent that typically appears around the halfway point in a level. Mini-Bosses are more formidable than the average opponent, though normally not as tough as the end-level Boss.
The Screw Attack is one of Samus Aran's special moves from the Metroid franchise.
The ability to complete sections of a game out of the intended order (or to skip them entirely) through skill and knowledge of the game.
Side-scrolling games present the world as viewed perpendicular to the direction the characters are facing on screen. With a heavy focus on lateral movement, objectives are often met by moving from one end of a stage to the other.
When the player character can execute a jump that is higher or farther than their normal jump. This can require holding the jump button or performing some different control input, and can be limited by energy or a cooldown.
What lies ahead, and is distant from the present.
Weapons can often be upgraded with new attachments, augmentations, or magical enchantments. These upgrades result in the original item being more powerful than originally intended.
The X Parasites are gelatinous, floating organisms. They copy the DNA of a host body and then appear and act like the creature.
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