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A video game series created by Gunpei Yokoi that focuses on the adventures of an interstellar bounty hunter named Samus Aran. Much like Zelda series, the Metroid series is known for it's open-ended worlds that gradually expand as new items and abilities are obtained. In almost every Metroid game Samus explores a planet and eventually discovers an evil force that she must eradicate, and is aided only by artifacts left behind by ancient races.
The stories of most Metroid games revolve around conflicts between the Galactic Federation, the Space Pirates and the Chozo. The name of the series comes from the parasitic creatures called Metroids, which are almost always at the heart of each game's storyline.
The Metroid series has found a well received home in Retro Studios, a game developer that is now fully responsible for the Metroid franchise. After the massive success of Metroid Prime, the first 3D game in the Metroid series, Retro began working on several new Metroid-related products.
For information on the characters, races, planets, weapons and more in the Metroid games, see Category:Metroid universe.