1.3. Special Moves
Pseudo Screw Attack:
After acquiring the Charge Beam, you can do this move. Fully charge up a shot,
then spin jump into an enemy. You'll do an amount of damage to it equivalent to
the power of the charged shot. If you could normally kill the enemy with the
charged shot, you'll spin right through it. Samus will take damage if she could
not normally kill the enemy with a single charged shot. After hitting the
enemy, you'll lose the charge. This move is helpful during speed runs.
If you watch the demo at the title screen long enough, it'll show you this
move. Super Metroid vets will remember this; jump at a wall, and as soon as you
hit it, press in the opposite direction and press A, and Samus will kick off of
it. It's possible to link together Wall Jumps if you do it up a narrow passage.
Unfortunately, it's not possible to Wall Jump up one wall, as you could in
Super Metroid, making this move next to useless.
After acquiring the Speed Booster, you can perform this somewhat cool move. Run
until the boost activates, then press down on the D-pad. Samus will crouch and
hold the Speed Boost. Now, if you stand still and press A (before the boost
deactivates after a few seconds), Samus will lightly jump into the air, at
which time you must immediately press in one of five directions: right, up-
right, up, up-left, or left. Samus will zoom across the screen at an alarming
rate in the specified direction, allowing you to access some pretty nifty
secret passages. To make the move even more complex, if you Shinespark into a
sloped area, Samus will break into a Speed Boost, thus allowing you to duck,
get another 5 seconds of boost, and perform another Shinespark. This move is
never required in the main game, but you will need it to access some tanks if
you want 100%. It's also required to get that bloody secret message (see
'Easter Egg' in the Archives.)
Well, that's pretty much it for special moves, unless I missed something
1.4. Game Physics and Structure
Metroid Fusion is a somewhat linear game, and is thus divided up into several
'levels', which I will refer to as 'Missions.' Every time you go to a
Navigation Room and talk to Adam, Samus' ship's computer, he will give you a
new objective. After completing this objective, you will have completed the
mission (there are a few exceptions to this.)
So by my count, there are seventeen missions in the game. After completing a
mission, you will have to backtrack to a Navigation room to get a new one.
However, many times the route you came through the last time will be blocked
off, forcing you to find another way back. I will refer to these as
The game, along with being divided into missions, is also divided into seven
areas. These are...
Sector 1, SR(-388)X
Sector 2, TRO(pical)
Sector 3, PYR(o)
Sector 4, AQ(u)A
Sector 5, ARC(tic)
Sector 6, NOC(turnal)
I added in the parts in brackets, because that's what they stand for...so, as
you can see, you have your traditional 'hub', rocky, jungle, fire, water, ice,
and dark areas. Pretty generic, if you ask me. Luckily, the areas don't rely on
area-specific gimmicks a whole lot.
That's pretty much all there is to the game layout. Now, without any further
adieu, onto the walkthrough!