The 50 Best Video Game Franchises

36. Metroid

Editions: 12 Metroid (1996), Metroid II: Return of Samus (1991), Super Metroid (1994), Metroid Fusion (2002), Metroid Prime (2002), Metroid: Zero Mission (2004), Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (2004), Metroid Prime Pinball (2005), Metroid Prime Hunters (2006), Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (2007), Metroid Prime: Trilogy (2009), Metroid: Other M (2010)

Publisher: Nintendo

Long before any of us knew the phenomenal Samus Aran was actually a woman (shock and dismay!) she was still kicking butt and taking names, whether in 2D side-scrolling adventures or gorgeous third-person shooters with mammoth bosses and even bigger missions. Even when we see a completely different side of her, like in Metroid: Other M, we're still rooting for the baddest female adventurer of them all.

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