Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Common Sense Media says

A first-person shooter on the Wii with puzzles.





What parents need to know

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.

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This is part of a classic video game series.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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.

Families can talk 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
Available online?Not available online
Release date:August 28, 2007
ESRB rating:T for Animated Blood, Violence (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 9 years old November 18, 2011

D= boring D=

Parent of a 13 year old Written byHedgieguy11 February 8, 2011

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Nuff' said
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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 quite impressed with Nintendo and Retro Studios. However, there is a little bit of bad content. Keep in mind that Samus (the main character) is a girl. One thing to note is that this game is a first-person-shooter game (or FPS). However, the game focuses more on puzzles and adventuring than shooting (as opposed to C.O.D). The game relays the message that good always overpowers evil, and also to fight for what you know and love. Samus is a great role-model for a couple of reasons. First, she fights for the good side even when her friends are overpowered by the "evil corruption" mentioned throughout the game. She also makes it a priority to stay away from the evil corruption. This game is a FPS so therefore it is violent. Little blood is shown in the game and the robot Space Pirates that you are killing don't scream in agony when they are defeated. Also, during one cut-scene Samus takes off her helmet and pukes. The commander that gives you a mission at the beggining of the game uses the word "d*mn". This is strange because in general, Nintendo stays away from bad language. At least he only uses the word once at the beginning. Parts of the game can get frustrating such as saving Norion from the meteor and bypassing "fuel gel" on Bryyo. These are all quick and take little time though and remember that you can usually get a hint from pressing the 2 button. Other that this some areas can be ominous yet beautiful such as Skytown, Elysia and Bryyo's Thorn Jungle. Overall, content: 13+. Gameplay and fun factor 10/10. Don't pass it up!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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