The Top 7... forgotten sequels

Nov 5, 2007

Our industry may thrive on franchises, but for every mega-popular sequel there's bound to be 10 utter failures. Most of these botched follow-ups flounder and die because they're poor games, but would you believe there are (gasp) totally decent sequels that came and went without so much as a pat on the back?

Countless sequels have been forgotten, but these are the games that, for one reason or the other, failed to stay in our hearts and minds. Some attained a small level of popularity and then disappeared; others were barely a blip on the radar. But they all deserve a second chance, so we're digging up their rotting corpses and parading them around the webtubes until someone decides to notice.

The game: Metroid II: Return of Samus (Game Boy)

Sequel to: Metroid (NES)

Why you didn't play it: Hm, could the barf-green Game Boy screen have anything to do with it? We put up with that awful, unlit monitor because we were kids and didn't know any better - anyone born after 1990 likely looks at it and ralphs their own glob of green goo. The game's never been remade or colorized, a true sign that even sequel-happy Nintendo doesn't care about revisiting Samus' first trip to the Metroid homeworld.

Why you should have: Ugly "colors" and lack of map aside, this was a much tighter game than the first. Instead of room after pointless room, the planet was cut into digestible chunks that only opened up after a certain number of Metroids had been killed. This made it a much easier game to actually play. True, it wasn't as open an experience as the first game, but we admire this one for shaking things up. The final battle against the Metroid Queen deserves remembrance alone.

We want this brought back, remade, whatever it takes. It's the only game that has Samus doing what we all assume she should be doing in the first place - eradicating Metroids. It also happens to contain a major plot point for Super Metroid, one of the greatest games of all time.

Can we quit dicking around with brain games and get a proper 2D Metroid on DS now?


Top 7


  • Chaoscoolperson - October 30, 2010 2:07 p.m.

    I played Guitar Hero Rocks the 80's! It was actually good, but the only reason I got it was because I was in love with the franchise and was trying to play and beat every Guitar hero. Fat chance of that when they started cranking out 10 a year.
  • poothurdur32 - October 11, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    Wow, I think I'll download a few emulators and ROMs and get me some Metroid 2 action.
  • BigScary - April 23, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    UGH @ Dragon Quest. Around 10 games down the line, and still it's the weakest, shallowest, most grindy RPG out there. No amount of awesome, epic storyline is worth the torture of boredom these games will put you through.
  • slimjim441 - April 21, 2010 6:10 a.m.

    There is going to be a Metroid II remake. Some guy 'DoctorM64' is making a sort of emulator version of it. It looks to be the same style as Super Metroid. I really wish it would be on some sort of WiiWare or handheld though...
  • romensuarez - April 19, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    the 80's did suck (i was born in ass end '89 woot woot!) but Twisted Sister rocks the shit. and i remember playing most of these games especially Strider 2. So my question is: Where the hell were the rest of you?
  • RanTheAwesome - February 19, 2010 1:29 p.m.

    Contrary to popular (and ignorant) belief, Castlevania Curse of Darkness has a following, and most would argue that it's one of the best CV's of all time. You guys are one of the many reasons why I hate game reviewers and the CV fandom. So stop trying to fit in with this so-called elitist gaming/Castlevania fandumb crowd, and actually admit that CoD is a good game, and Dawn of Sorrow is by no means superior in anyway. It sucks as much as all Metroidvania games.
  • FanofSaiyan - January 31, 2010 6:02 p.m.

    OMG GHRT80's!!!!!!!
  • manix0013 - October 25, 2009 8:33 p.m.

    I like this 80's version guitar hero it wuz fun ^_^
  • Musicgeek4 - November 11, 2008 10:32 p.m.

    1st Rock the 80s sucked massive dick. 2nd castlevania rules the 2-D games and needs to be beefed up more.
  • cricket0 - September 22, 2008 2:55 a.m.

    I think Rock the 80's ROCKS!!!
  • WantonDistraction - September 12, 2008 8:41 p.m.

    WRT to Rocks the 80s, you forgot the price tag.
  • Y2Ken - November 11, 2008 10:30 a.m.

    I loved Metroid II: Return of Samus - it was one of the two games I got with my Game Boy Pocket (along with Wave Race) - I really want to play it again, but this is one of the few games I just can't find around my house any more.
  • cultofbananas - October 10, 2008 5:12 a.m.

    I've been saying that all along in regards to Castlevania... A beefed up 2-D game on PS3 would be epic and could possibly set a new bar for the franchise.
  • wiigamer024 - May 2, 2009 1:36 p.m.

    the 80s kicked ass, why the hell WOULDN'T you play it!?
  • Liamrules42 - April 11, 2009 10:24 p.m.

    LOL, my guitar hero guitar came with rocks the 80's, cause guitar hero 2 with guitar was sold out
  • DrFailgood - June 14, 2009 11:38 p.m.

    I wasn't born in the 80's but I got Encore the first day it came out and I love it. :S
  • AuthorityFigure - May 4, 2009 10:31 a.m.

    This was such a great article. Thanks.
  • Assassin4than - April 11, 2009 3:06 p.m.

    i love wow but i stopped playing it and also i bought ffxi 2 weeks ago for gues how much.....$10 AU.. but when i go to the cash register it was $5 AU and that was the first 3 expansions and all. but i have this lame POV 1160 i think it is error and i cant play so i think its definately forgotten if its aroung 3 bucks in american
  • zeldagirl64 - January 7, 2009 9:22 p.m.

    I actually loved Final Fantasy 11. Most people I knew were WoW fans but FFXI should have deserved the "most-played" title.

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