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Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Game review by
Andrew Bub, Common Sense Media
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Game Poster Image
A first-person shooter on the Wii with puzzles.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 32 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

You're the hero, protecting the innocent from nasty aliens. But you have to kill -- a lot -- to do it.


Lots of shooting, gunplay, explosions -- but no blood.


This is part of a classic video game series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is the third first-person shooter in the Metroid series of classic games. The motion control system provides a more immersive experience as players use the Wii remote to shoot. But the game is lighter on graphic content -- the aliens aren't shown bleeding or dying in agony. This game also focuses on puzzle-solving. It's possible to play this game online; Common Sense Media doesn't recommend online play for anyone under age 12.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byChristian O. December 27, 2009

Perfect for older kids, but not tweens

This game is SO GOOD that I wanted my seven year old son to play it with me or to at least see how the game evolves. But, my wife, along with the recommendation... Continue reading
Adult Written bydmind February 23, 2011

Perfect for anyone if you don't mind some goo.

No gore. No language. No anything. Violence is minimal, playing experience is giant, has a good seventy hours or more of playing time. the only problem is that... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySovaso March 10, 2012

An Awesome Adventure

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is a great game for teens and some mature pre-teens. It uses the Wii software and has amazing graphics and game play. Overall, I was... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bylarry6870 June 13, 2009

good game

obviously some of the people who have played this game can not appreciate how much fun the metroid series is. Metroid is on of the most successful franchises in... Continue reading

What's it about?

METROID PRIME 3 is the first Nintendo-created first-person shooter. The story covers familiar ground to any seasoned Metroid veterans. Samus Aran is an intergalactic bounty hunter -- but she works primarily as an exterminator. The story line is about a mutagen infection and the gameplay focuses far less on shooting and killing than most games like this, and far more in puzzles and exploration.

Is it any good?

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is the first title that lives up to the immersive potential of aiming and shooting with a remote control, while moving using the stick atop the nunchuk controller. How'd they do it? We're not sure because this is the same movement system that was panned for Red Steel (the nunchuk is used for movement, while moving the remote to the edge causes the character to turn). Nintendo seems to have refined the sensor to differentiate aiming and turning better. The result is a lot more trick shooting and precision, and a lot less aiming at the floor or ceiling by accident.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is rated "Teen," making it one of the milder shooting games, but the overall difficulty of some of the puzzles and shooting fights with superpowered Boss creatures makes for a game best recommended for more experienced gamers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the game has changed over the years (check Nintendo's Wii Shop for older versions of Metroid to try) and Samus' evolving storyline. Do the Wii's motion-sensitive controls make you feel more like you are shooting the aliens? How about the perspective? Do you feel more a part of the story? Does it make a difference to you that the violence is directed at non-human enemies?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $38.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: August 28, 2007
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Animated Blood, Violence

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