Metroid is the first in a long-running game series by Nintendo. It follows bounty hunter Samus Aran as she attempts to retrieve the parasitic Metroids that were stolen by Space Pirates, who plan to use the Metroids as biological weapons to destroy Samus and all who oppose them.
It was a unique game with a focus on exploration, nonlinear gameplay, and power-ups that could be used to unlock previously inaccessible areas. The game proved highly influential in its time and it, along with its sequels, continues to shape the design of indie adventure games to this day.
It was also one of the first games to feature a female protagonist, a fact which was revealed to the player upon successful completion of Metroid within five hours. Needless to say, the TASes published on this site complete the game in far less time.
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Platformer


Metroid completed as fast as possible without holding back, and without concern for the game's sanity.
The8bitbeast improves the previous publication by 21.94 seconds, thanks to better optimisation and new tricks. Please read the author's comments for more details.
The run uses a game restart sequence (Up+A on the second controller) to save time in backtracking.
See Metroid Tricks for more information about the door glitch as well as other tips and tricks.
Watch this run being played back on a real console.
Metroid completed using just one item: the morphing ball.
Uses a game restart sequence (Up+A on second controller) to save time in backtracking.
This is an improvement of 36.7 seconds over the previously published run, thanks to a new route and general optimization.

This movie features commentary by the author, which has been added to the encode in the form of soft subtitles. They can be seen when watching the embedded stream via

Watch a resync of this run being played back on a real console.
This is a full completion of Metroid, meaning that all items (100%) were collected.
This is a 8 minute 16 second improvement over the previous movie by Zoizite. Much of the improvement comes from using the Up+A restart sequence, though many new shortcuts and optimizations also save time.
This movie has now been console verified. Watch this run being played on a real NES console.
The baseline tab shows the default movie beating the game as fast as possible without any special conditions.

Game Versions

Type Name Title Override Region Version Platform Hashes
Unknown Metroid (U) (PRG0) [!].nes Metroid U PRG0 NES
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