Pro tip: Ending a Metroid play session whenever you want

So let's say that you're playing a round of Metroid and you have to abruptly end your session for some reason. Maybe it's time to eat dinner, maybe your appendix ruptured, whatever.

But instead of finding an enemy to clumsily bump into repeatedly or taking an excruciatingly slow bath in a Lava Pit(tm), you could just pause the game (trust me, it's paused in this picture)

Then grab Controller 2 and press Up on the Control Pad + A

Done right, your game will end suddenly and you'll be taken to the password screen

Where you can jot down your password to continue on another day.

Pro tip: Metroid's Justin Bailey

The original Metroid game is pretty tough. You have to take your bounty hunter through the bowels of a planet to find powerups and defeat the Metroids that lie within.

But the problem is that you start out super-weak, which means that you're going to be seeing this a lot

Though you do get passwords to help maintain your progress. And just like Kid Icarus, you can put in some really easy to remember passwords for some neat effects.

For example, try putting in this password:

JUSTIN BAILEY ------ ------

Is Justin Bailey a real person or is this just a quirk of the password system? I have no idea, but it's a very useful password either way.

Then you start with Samus's suit off, the Wave Beam, five energy tanks, 255 missiles (which is more than you are normally allowed to carry, it rolls back to 205 if you pick any up), and both minibosses defeated. The only thing left to do is go find the ice beam and then fight the last boss.

Plus it's super-easy to remember, which is also a plus.

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