Metroid SR387
Release date: Jul 06, 2018
Download: Version 1.0 (3155 downloads)
Genre: Exploration [?]
Game: MZM
Difficulty: Vanilla [?]
Average runtime: 1:24
Average collection: 83%
Read Me: [None]
Forum Thread: [None]
Rating: Star Star Star Star Star
Samus, the space pirates have abandoned their base
on SR387 due to a rogue ai and are now asking us for help! I fear this
may be a trap, but we shouldn't waste any opportunity to strike them
at their core! Infiltrate their base and discover what vile secrets lie there...

Note: You start with Long Beam, Power Grip, and Morph Ball
Patch to Zero Mission U rom.

OneOf99- Room design for areas 1-4, map design, gfx, asm
NathanTech- Room design for areas 1 and 3, gfx and animation, music
Thanks to Metroid3D and Jiffy for testing and CaptGlitch for gbatroid asm help
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Ratings and Reviews
By kkzero on Jul 06, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
66% in 1:00
Pretty fun little hack with a swell sense of exploration and the custom gfx/music to back it all up. I approve.
By Cpt.Glitch on Jul 09, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
76% in 0:56
A very pretty and well designed hack. It was updated during the contest to fix most of the bugs that existed. However there is still one music bug that exists when going through an area transition when custom music is playing. The hack is large, but sadly too much so. Many rooms felt empty and pointless, which made exploration boring and almost annoying, considering that most of the rooms were massive. Regardless, it is a fun hack to play. The research area was by far my favorite part of the hack.
By enajor66 on Jul 14, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
57% in 1:15
Really good hack with great music and customized graphics, BUT too much backtracking for my liking (even with the shortcuts), Ridley was not fun at all, and it ended way too soon.
By Strokend on Nov 18, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
80% in 2:28
Mostly well built world, though there are a few missing textures, thankfully only one in a position that decieves the player. I managed to avoid the Ridley fight in my playthrough. Made for a contest involving making it past the obstacle to get the item to get past the obstacle, and performs this in a very enjoyable (Albeit aggravating) manner.
By SnakeLancer on Dec 29, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
61% in 1:03
AWESOME HACK! I find it amazing how much work you guys put in here, I wish there were more GBA hacks like this!

One small issue is that when you go into Headquarters from the Command Center, the music suddenly stops until you reach Mother Brain. I realized if I dont go into that room where it goes to command center, the music stays in tact.
By alexman25 on Jan 18, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
73% in 1:30
A pretty decent hack in all regards. I'll start with the positives. The music was pretty good, and enjoyable throughout. The visuals were pretty nice as well. I liked having a new planet to explore, that had a great mix of nature and technology.

But as with all hacks, there's downsides. I'll start with my biggest gripe, the room sizes. A lot of the rooms seemed like they were large and obtuse for no reason other than "Because I can".

This wouldn't be too bad if it was limited to a few instances, but it's pretty much every room. It bloats the areas more than they need to be.

A lot of the rooms were large and hard to quickly navigate through, and this ended up making the shortcuts end up the only way I'd want to keep exploring the area. I don't think it's a good thing when I want to avoid traveling through rooms more than once in an exploration based hack.

Another thing is, it ended a lot sooner than I expected. It felt abrupt. Just walking then bam! Suddenly, final boss. The escape was also slightly disappointing.

All in all, a great Zero Mission hack with a few issues. 4/5, I'll be playing this again in the future.
By Syphon on Dec 01, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
90% in 1:10
This is a really great hack.

The music was awesome and I loved the areas. The outer Research area around Ridley in particular was great because the rain and the music set the mood perfectly.

Many rooms were a bit large and there were some rooms that didn't serve much of a purpose but it didn't bother me much.

It was interesting that you could technically finish the game without ever getting Ice Beam and Space Jump.

The escape was meh. I don't like morph mazes with crumble blocks.

All in all this is a very fun hack that I fully recommend.
By Sapphron on Dec 21, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 1:22
Excellent hack!
Loved the custom music and custom graphics. Phazon Mines was my favorite area.
The fast-paced section before getting Ice Beam was really fun. It was difficult, but I really liked it. Also, it turns out that the Research Facility's music is corrupted but the creators decided to keep it in! Thought that was interesting.
Vanilla physics, massive world to explore with a lot of fun and massive rooms. You have to search for some minor items if you wanna live, but I love exploration so it wasn't a problem.
Ridley fight, on the other hand, was really bad. Crumble blocks on the floor just make it so I can sit in the bottom farming missiles waiting to kill him. He can't even hit me down there, a boss rework would be good honestly. Kraid was fine.
I feel like there wasn't much sequence breakability, but I played it how the creators intended I think.
Overall, extremely fun hack and I think everyone should play this if they have 2-3 hours to spare.
By latiusauro on Feb 14, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
% in 1:53
I played through this hack on the 'Princess' difficulty, and while I can't remember my completion rate, I did get all of the required upgrades.

For me, I felt like it's a somewhat linier experience, with some nice exploration. Some of the upgrades were hard, if not impossible for me to figure out how to get them though, and I only got 21 of them before fighting Mother Brain.

I feel that the Mines are possibly a bit too big to navigate, especially with the Phazon corrupted areas near the bottom of the map. Also, without a map room in the HQ, some bits - like the connection to the Command area and the gap between the final save room and the rest of the HQ - felt off.

Also, there's no use of Power Bombs, Plasma Beam or Spring Ball - the latter being something I feel could had been included, as having to bomb jump can be a little annoying.

Finally... Why, oh why did you have to include the Metroids in the Research area before you get the Ice Beam from beating Ridley? Which was an utter joke compared to Kraid, come to think about it.
By Contendo on Mar 21, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 1:21
Really good hack for the time it came out.
The music is good and the graphics pretty awesome.
Phazon mines is obviously the best area in all regards.
The researche center is just annoying to traverse through...
Back then when I played this hack for the Contest I really didnt like the size of the areas and rooms... and I still dont like them.
The areas are way to big for the content they hold. There are so many unececcary rooms that are a pain in the ass to get through and then the items are just open in the rooms. I hope everyone gets what I mean. It would have been way better if the open items would have put in the really long, hard to go through, rooms.

Recommend if you have about 2-3 hours to spare
By kryst4line on Jun 03, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
88% in 1:09
Overall, a good hack. Not the best, not bad either. I think the first part of it is the worst, since it feels like there are many filler rooms that are meaningless for the gameplay, but it gets better once you get to the Phazon Mines. It misses some of power-ups, but that's okay, it gives a different feeling to the final 'full-power' scenario. Also, having a Zero Mission version of Underwater Depths is always a plus, I really loved that song.
By Azagroth on Jul 26, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
60% in 1:25
Item collection is placeholder, I forgot mine. In terms of the actual hack - really solid one, has great exploration and environments. Mostly my issue is a preference one and that is the custom music - I am not a fan of the theme of the first area. Other than that one of the best for ZM. Needless to say - the Phazon suit looks great
By Kremit44 on Jul 18, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 1:27
Well made but fairly boring. Very open in terms of the world but not in terms of item progression and not a lot of secrets to find. Not a lot of puzzles or interesting exploration instead it was just going from room to room hoping to find the next item. Back tracking at the end for 100% was very straight forward and felt like padding. It's not bad but I'd only recommend it to those who are rather bored or who have played the other better unique ZM hacks like Return to Zebes, Scrolls or Spooky Mission. Still a well made game is something to be thankful for so thanks to the creators on a solid hack nonetheless.
By MrAndyG on Aug 05, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 1:32
Original time was 52:53
I plan on updating this review, but I managed to do some sequence breaking here. Shortly after you enter Phazon Mines theres a long crumble block platform that I horizontal bomb jumped over. From there, I fought Kraid and got Speed Booster, went up to Research, and straight to Headquarters and fought Mother Brain. I'm gonna go back through and try to collect 100% of the items, as my only progress items are Charge Beam, Bombs, Screw Attack, and Speed Booster. But I enjoyed almost everything so far! As others have said, there are many large rooms that can be condensed, but the difficulty is comparable to vanilla, was pretty chill to playthrough. My main gripe is the escape sequence after fighting MB, I didn't like how you had to do trial and error to pick the right path to escape. Now, to go back and get everything!
I didnt make note of it previously but I love the music. The remix of the Fusion track in Mines is beautiful. Staying in Mines, I noticed two or three tiling errors, theres a long cold room near the bottom, right above Imago, and theres some blank tiles where there should be a solid block.
Other than those little issues, this was a solid hack! It definitely became easier once I actually had Ice Beam and Phazon Suit. The hardest expansion for me (of all of them, like really?) was a Missile pack behind a blue crack in the wall near the center of Command. Final time was a whopping 1:32:39
By OmegaMalkior on Aug 28, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
85% in 1:35
Good hack, but storywise it made no sense for Ridley to appear before the "rouge AI" was dealt with. You should've textured Motherbrain to a different colored (say red, for corruped just like in Metroid Prime 3) and had Ridley tried to kill you after you destroyed the rogue AI they sent you to exterminate yourself. Apart from this pretty big story gripe, excellent hack overall. Didn't like Phazon mines too much since you were blocked in every specific corner unless you got the Phazon suit but overall enjoyed the rest of the hack a lot more. Bless the music, specifically the first level. Did not like the Tourian bland music near the end.
By LetsPlayNintendoITA on Sep 02, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 1:35
very good quick hack. very polished. nice phazon suit, my favourite of course, and very good music. nice level design and map.
By Rocky712 on Oct 04, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
92% in 1:17
I can totally recommend this hack to everyone.
Pretty fun hack with a big sense of exploration.

But it felt quite linear. I am not sure if this was just my playthrough, but since I basically always went the wrong ways / dead ends, it was actually a very linear progression.
I guess 1-2 major items can be skipped though and the order in which you get your majors seem to be always the same.

The hack ended quite quickly. It did not felt like you are getting to the end of the game, but just that there is always some new rooms to explore.
Some rooms were really annoying to traverse, even if you came back with better gear later on.
Difficulty seems quite fair (played on normal difficulty).

The "story" did not make sense at all in my opinion, because the hack is not really designed around the story. To be fair, it´s just a 2 sentence long story, but still does not fit.
But since this is a exploration-focused hack, I don´t mind.
Play it!

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