In the beginning, there was a girl, who looked like a robot, and who set out to destroy alien parasites and the evil biological computer-woman who sought to use the parasites to conquer the galaxy. From that rather weird germ sprouted not only a classic series, but countless fantastic imitators as well. Explore the design language and structure of Metroid, Metroid II, and their quirky cousin Kid Icarus in this 80-page survey of three 8-bit classics.
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