Pro tip: Eat some super bombs

Super Metroid is a game full of little complexities and mysteries. For instance, let the game sit on the title screen for a couple minutes and you'll get some hints. Pretty nice of the developers to put that in, I think. The hints are pretty mundane, though, until you see this scene:

It's kind of hard to see what's going on in that picture, but the gist of it is this: Samus is low on energy, curls into a ball, sets off a Super Bomb, then gets cloaked in a mysterious light and begins regenerating health.

How do you actually do it? Great question!

First, you have to grievously injure Samus. Get her health down to below 50 with no reserve tanks. We're talking the direst of straits.

Then select your Super Bombs, making sure you have around 11 of them, and 10 Super Missiles, and 10 Regular Missiles. Highlight your Super bombs, curl into a ball (press Down). Hold L, R, and Down, then also press and hold the Fire button.

Done right, your bounty hunter will be cloaked in a mystical veil where she will somehow consume her weapons and convert them into energies. And, yeah, she'll be low on armaments, but she'll be high on life points, which is a pretty good trade-off, right?

Pro tip: Cursed ring is cursed

In the US version of Final Fantasy 3 (or Final Fantasy 6 for you purists out there) you can get a cursed shield. Break the curse and you get the best shield in the game, the Paladin Shld. Pretty snazzy, eh?

Later on in the game you get another cursed item, the Cursed Ring, which is also cursed... obviously.

Logically, though, you'd assume that if you could uncurse this ring then it'd be super-awesome, too, right?

Not quite.

It doesn't matter what you do to the thing, you can wear it in a million battles, you can wear the ring by itself while you fight a thousand dinosaurs (kinky!), or you can try to fight five hundred battles by using nothing but superballs. It won't matter. The cursed ring stays cursed, and essentially worthless.

Although, you can use it to learn X-Zone if you want, so it's not a total waste.

Pro tip: Secret of Mana's End Boss is a pushover

Spoilers galore in today's protip, so if you don't want a 15 year old game spoiled, don't click on this link.

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