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|First appearance||Metroid (1987, Metroid series) Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1997, Kirby series)|
|Latest appearance||Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)|
Metroids are an enemy from the Metroid series of games. They make a cameo in Kirby's Dream Land 3 along with Samus Aran (also from the Metroid games). Metroids are biologically engineered parasitic life forms that latch onto and drain the energy of a victim.
Kirby finds six Metroids in the second stage of Iceberg. There, they'll attempt to suck out Kirby's energy, but when they latch onto him, they don't seem to absorb any of his health. To get the Heart Star for this stage, Kirby must defeat all Metroids; because their principal weakness in the Metroid series has always been extreme cold (usually melted out in the form of Samus's "Ice Beam" weapon), Kirby must get the Ice ability and freeze the Metroids. At the end of the stage, if all the Metroids are wiped out, Samus will appear before Kirby without her helmet on to signify the mission was successful, a likely reference to the typical Metroid convention of allowing players to get a glimpse of Samus's face (and usually body) by attaining a 100% collection rating. In exchange for his help Samus will gratefully give Kirby her Heart Star.
This marks the first crossover between the Kirby and Metroid series, two years before Super Smash Bros. came out.
Metroids appear in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an Assist Trophy and collectable trophy. As the Assist Trophy, Metroids fly around the stage. Every now and then they latch onto a random player and proceed to damage the player. Soon after, the Metroid will get off of that player and proceed its random flight around the stage, soon latching onto another (or in some cases, the same) player. The Metroid will do this a couple more times, before vanishing in a plume of smoke.
A bioengineered life-form found on planet SR388. Metroids attach to organisms and drain life energy. The Galactic Federation comissions Samus to eliminate them, but Space Pirates try to harness their power. One of the few ways Samus can kill Metroids is by shooting them with the Ice Beam and then shattering them with missiles. The Metroid's cry is chilling and indescribable.