Metroid (NES) Part 2 – James & Mike Mondays

Mike Matei / September 21st, 2015


  • Zces

    September 21, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Love it! Good job Cinemassacre! One of my favorite games of all time!

  • bud

    September 21, 2015 at 10:20 am

    YAY, thanks for completing it! I didn’t want to have to wait until next Monday for the thrilling conclusion. 😉

    • Hyeon Gyu Oh

      September 21, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Please review Gradius series 1,2,3 include life force

      • Hyeon Gyu Oh

        September 21, 2015 at 10:32 am

        and can you review bionic commando on NES?

    • September 21, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      Yeah, part 2 already? lol
      It’s be an error maybe

      • The Kaleidoscopic God

        September 21, 2015 at 5:07 pm

        Maybe they’ve finally realized that having to wait a full week for more of the same playthrough is a bit bollocks.

      • bud

        September 21, 2015 at 7:27 pm

        Technically, it wouldn’t have been a “James and Mike” Monday if he posted it next week.

      • The Kaleidoscopic God

        September 21, 2015 at 10:37 pm

        What, there’s no Monday next week?

      • bud

        September 22, 2015 at 12:51 am

        It would have been a James Monday only.

      • The Kaleidoscopic God

        September 22, 2015 at 9:36 pm


  • bud

    September 21, 2015 at 10:43 am

    HAHA, you did it! I don’t think I’ve ever seen the ending to the original Metroid (unless it was in another one of your videos), so that was cool. I applaud all your efforts, but yeesh, what a frustrating playthrough. I know you edited out a lot, but you don’t have to worry about not being entertaining. I’ve seen enough videos to feel like I “know” you now and I get you (I also employ the “standing up” method when things get too intense!). There was a bit of a meta feel to this, kind of like a mixture of AVGN (when you got frustrated) and Board James (the fact that Mike left you and you were alone and talking to yourself), which also ties in to the last episode of Board James. Maybe you can make a new spinoff series called Lonely James. 😉 “Tricky dicky,” indeed!

  • Glorious Gerbil

    September 21, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Do more commodore 64 games! Thats where ya find the REAL good shit!

    • Glorious Gerbil

      September 21, 2015 at 11:20 am

      And throw in a bit of bootsy too. Bootsy deserves a higher level of fame!

  • Maxime Michaud

    September 21, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I just imagine my girlfriend looking at me playing this and telling her «Honey, I musssssttttttt finish this game» and her telling « why the hell would you spent an hour to farm those freaking little thing, where’s the fun». and me answering «you’ll never understand… and I really can’t explain»… anyway, nice video, didn’t enjoy that much a J&M mondays since long time.

  • Mac Tonight

    September 21, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I really hope Nintendo can go back to their roots and make a 2d Metroid game for Wii U, I mean just imagine having a full map and being able to select weapons on the gamepad without pausing gameplay, wouldn’t that be awesome?

    • Shadao

      September 21, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Maybe when fans stop whining to Nintendo about making Metroid Prime 4, another sequel to the FPS game style. I get sick hearing of that demand from fans to the point I’m glad that Nintendo is making Federation Force instead. They want a Metroid Prime type game? That’s what they got. In my honesty, I would take the 3D/2.5D gameplay style for the next Metroid game, and the push the limits as to what Metroid game go in terms of maps, bosses, combat, mazes, and more. Sort of like the new Legend of Zelda game coming for the Wii U.

  • Fred . Fuchs

    September 21, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    The energy refill is a fatal flaw in this game. The only way to avoid this bullshit is to leave an Energy Tank near Tourian then die and save the password so every time you die against Mother Brain you insert that password and take that Energy Tank. By the way, if you need to farm with the respawning bugs, it’s way faster if you stand on the pipe as a morph ball and lay bombs.

  • Smashole

    September 21, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH for uploading Part 2 on the same day! We’re always anxious to see the later parts.

  • The Faceman

    September 21, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    That was hardcore! Great job man! 🙂

  • September 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    You really have to freeze the cheerios of death to stop them from respawning!

  • Gergő Hajnal

    September 21, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Oh my god! Finally a Metroid game on J&MM! You made my day a thousand times better. Thank You!

  • September 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Wtf James made it to Metroid as a kid my god.

  • Joker83

    September 21, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    This is literally the best James & Mike Monday episode ever and one of the best Cinemassacre videos ever. You could not have scripted it any better, I was on the edge of my seat and really feeling James’s pain. Amazing video guys!!!

  • Uncle Sporkums

    September 21, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Last Boss of Metroid is A Brain..
    Last Boss of Contra is a Heart..
    And the last Boss of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is “The Nerve”, or should it be YOUR nerves, as in getting on your last ones..

  • Gergő Hajnal

    September 21, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Last time I played Metroid I tried this:
    It was fun this way.

  • Jon Can

    September 21, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Epic video i laughed so hard!

  • Tanooki suit mario

    September 21, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    That was intense some great editing at the end. With the zoom and and close up. I’m playing metroid prime and am stuck on a part that takes me like 30-45 min to get to and I keep dying. I try like 2 times a day before I give up. Maybe I should try that 1 more time.

  • OmegaDez

    September 21, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    One thing I don’t like about these videos, is how sometimes you complain about things that aren’t a problem. You’re farming small life pellets at the end that gives you 5 HP and complain about it while the Metroids themselves drop big ones that refill 75 HP each. -_-

    Don’t spead misinformation, James.

    • Ryan Ferneau

      September 29, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      He could at least swing through an area where the enemies can drop 20 HP and screw-attack through them all.

  • fatisback

    September 21, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    these 2 episodes were great james and mike, episode 2 had me on my seat was epic

  • Mattashell

    September 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    I didn’t know you could do the bosses out of order. I haven’t played this game in a while, but I always remember fighting Kraid with Ice beam. Then getting wave beam and fighting Ridley, and then getting Ice again in a different location before going on.

  • September 21, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Man, this was really intense! I´ve never been a fan of metroid, although I got the game back then, but your playthrough was great. I enjoyed it so much, thank you!

  • Weldin Dunn

    September 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    James got his ass kicked by a bunch of flying cock rings.

  • Charlie Legeard

    September 21, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    This was so intense! And when you say “I have other things to do” I feel you so much ^^.

  • Satnav

    September 21, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    This is why future Metroid games like Super and Zero Mission were superior, with their save stations and more fluid controls. Not to say this game wasn’t cool for it’s time, but that was despite the more annoying aspects we see here.

  • Uncle Sporkums

    September 21, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I think this is one of the most intense times we’ve seen James play when he’s not the Nerd.

  • September 21, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Nice job James, Metroid is one of my all-time favorites.
    I felt really bad for you spending so much time farming when you don’t really need to. The fastest way to farm after losing to Mother Brain is to kill the Metroids themselves, each health globe dropped gives you 75, and they drop huge amounts of missiles also. The Metroids are always spawned in the same spots, so once you get the hang of it you can digest them easily.
    Your gripes with the original game are legit, but it’s still a classic. I remember the atmosphere terrified me when I was young.

  • Paulballsftw

    September 21, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Haha I laughed when you had to stand up playing. I used to do that all the time on really tense moments. I also got closer to the screen so I was more focused on the game too. The part of farming for health there is an easier way then shooting then walking to pick up the health. All you have to do is go on top of a pipe as a ball and keep bombing. You just keep killing and collecting and you don’t even need to look at the screen. Plus you could put a clamp on the button and walk away and come back to a full health.

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  • barlitone

    September 21, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    A few notes for next time… If you’re going to take Ridley on with the Wave Beam, stand below her and fire up. Keep jumping to minimize lava damage, but you can’t be hit and it takes very little time. Also, use bombs on Kraid. The darts it shoots from its chest block other weapons, and I’ve killed it a million times using every weapon, but the bombs are surprisingly quick. Not the most efficient methods, but very effective and relatively safe. And farm Metroids for health and missiles; regular enemies drop 5 units of energy, some bigger ones sometimes drop 20, but Metroids drop up to 30 at a time, and 30 missiles, too. Not every drop is that big, but many are.

  • September 22, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Congrats, James! You did it! That was a hard as fuck game in 1986, and it still is in 2015. You have played a great game, and proved that mother brain is no challenge for the mighty Nerd. Now go and rest, our hero! 🙂

  • jackieblue420

    September 22, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Man, that was intense! You’re definitely right about losing to Mother Brain, it IS a bitch. It’s ironic about when you said “There’s nothing more interesting to say” and then the shitstorm begins. But that was still a great moment ,like beating Mega Man V with the Glitch Gremlin’s interference, you defeated Mother Brain with almost no energy left. Mike will be proud. =)

  • RolandRED

    September 22, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Monster Madness trailer this week!!!

  • Rennie Page

    September 22, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Jamessss I love you man. You are so fucking awesome. Conglaturation! You’re Winner!

  • SpearedPage

    September 22, 2015 at 8:42 am

    This is my favourite James & Mike yet. What an adrenaline rush, and very well edited for pacing. Congratulations on beating the game the way it was meant to. You guys are historians, like the Indiana Jones of video game players.

  • Griffith Williams

    September 22, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Oh I was so psyched when I saw you guys finally did Metroid! there had been talk about it forever. And what a pleasant bonus that it was in two parts! god part 2 had me dying laughing

  • Tanooki suit mario

    September 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I’ve said this a few times butyou guys have to do zombies ate my neighbors in October . It’s fitting for the season. It’s hard, cryptic and the weapons are crazy.

  • Slamraptor

    September 22, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I also completed this bastard and it was great to watch you beat it. Congratuation (;

  • September 22, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Kraid’s lair theme is one of my favorite video game tunes ever, along with Wicked child from castlevania

  • erik37

    September 22, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Damn dude that was cool you had my heart beating at the end lol

  • Dan021

    September 22, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Good job James! It is pretty hard, we can all agree that the next Metroid games were more forgiving. 🙂 It’s still an awesome classic to beat, I hope you guys do Zero Mission for the part where you lose your suit and you need to get a new one by using stealth as Zero Suit Samus. Super Metroid for the SNES is still the best one to me even if it’s really close for the 2 games.

  • Deathbringer

    September 23, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I knew James wouldn’t give up.

  • September 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Hi James. I have played Metroid for years ever since it was released and have a bit of info that involves the original North American release that you did this video on. You know when you finish the game you can play again with less armour. But, what I never see is that if you continue to finish the game multiple times in one sitting, not only do you take more damage each time through but eventually Samus will be fully nude after about the 6th to 8th time. It took me about 4.5hrs to do it but it is true. If I still had the game I would do the work for you but unfortunately you will have to discover this on your own.

  • jm-9

    September 23, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    You don’t really need to grind enemies like that. Metroids quite often drop 30 health when you kill them. If I die on Mother Brain I grind a certain amount of health and then make my way to the room before Mother Brain and grind the rest of my health there. It’s way faster.

    You do need to grind a lot more if you run out of missiles, because although metroids drop 75 missiles when killed, they don’t drop missiles as often. But still, you don’t need to grind all the way in Brinstar.

    You should also play the Famicom Disk System version sometime. It’s got better music, it can save and it has far less slowdown then the NES version, due to the Famicom Disk System’s RAM cart. The only downside is load times when you start the game, save and move between areas (e.g. from Brinstar to Norfair).

  • jarrett62960

    September 26, 2015 at 11:01 am

    James let me blow your mind here. The next time you play this and have to farm (works for Super Metroid as well), roll up in a ball and sit on the pipes. It’s a little bit of a rhythm thing, but it only takes on bomb to kill any enemy that flies up out of them. It’s much quicker and easier to farm health and missles this way. You’ll take some hits along the way, but once you figure it out it will make your playthroughs much more bearable.

    I play this game and Super Metroid at least once every year or so. I used to watch my dad and his friend play it when I was too little to play myself. Good old dad taught me the farming trick lol.

  • skwij

    September 28, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Well played, sir! I know it’s rough when you’ve got other things to do, but have worked so hard to get to the end of a game, and you don’t know when you’ll be able to try again… Thanks for playing this out for us, James.

  • Aaron1375

    October 15, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I always had a tougher time with Krang than Ridley or Mother Brain.

  • October 18, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Next time you fight Mother Brain, keep using the screw attack to take out the projectiles. Start at the lower platform then screw jump up to the tight standing area to take out any projectiles. Then shoot Mother Brain with 2 or 3 missiles before the projectiles return to hit you then drop back down to the lower platform to avoid getting knocked forward into the lava and screw jump back up to take them out. You’ll still get hit a few times but keep repeating and you’ll take less hits and beat Mother Brain easier.

  • May 8, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I think that this links to the wrong video! Isn’t this part 2 of Metroid 2: Return of Samus?

    • LuRkeR1978

      May 27, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Yes the link is broken!

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