Game: "Metroid Prime Pinball"
System: Nintendo DS
Genre: Pinball
Published by: Nintendo

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 8/1/2008

Review: I've always been a big fan of pinball games. But when I say "pinball games", I'm talking about the real life-sized machines that swallow up your quarters while you scream at that damned chrome ball for somehow finding a way to go right in between the flippers. When it comes to the video game versions of pinball, I've never been that interested in 'em because they really didn't seem to have much to offer. That is, until Metroid Prime Pinball came along.

If you thought all this was just a simple pinball game with Metroid graphics, think again. While it does have plenty of great Metroid-themed aspects - the main one being Samus rolled up as your ball - there's a hell of a lot more to this game than just your standard pinball fare.

For one thing, there are actually boss fights in this game. If you reach certain areas, you'll get to take on a variety of monsters hellbent on destroying your lil' Samus ball. Another interesting aspect of Metroid Prime Pinball is all of the mini-games you'll find within it. Parasite Purge, Clone Multiball, Metroid Mania, Space Pirate Panic, Shriekbat Shootout, Wall Jump and many more mini-games await you. In some of the mini-games, Samus will unravel herself from Morph Ball mode and stand straight up while you control her to shoot oncoming hordes of enemies for bonus points.

With boss fights, mini-games, and some nicely designed levels, Metroid Prime Pinball is absolutely addictive. I should also mention that using the L & R buttons on the top of your DS to control the flippers feels perfectly natural. Add in the fact that this game can often be found for $15 or less, and you've got yourself one hell of a steal.

If you're looking for a truly unique pinball gaming experience, you needn't look any further than Metroid Prime Pinball on the Nintendo DS. After all, how many pinball games have you played where it rains on the playfield or you can get warped up to an arctic location (the Phendrana Drifts) to fight a giant rock monster with your ball? Probably not too many.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Aug 4th, 2008, 10:45 AM
I always liked Sonic Spinball, it basically involved collecting 3 emeralds and destroying a boss at the end. And then you get a little mini game between levels. Yay!

Except the second level is damn hard and I never got past it.
Aug 4th, 2008, 01:32 PM
My DS and dozen-or-so games were stolen about a year ago. This and Meteos are the games I miss the most.
Aug 4th, 2008, 02:40 PM
'MP: Pinball' has to be the only game on the DS that utilizes the (included) rumble pack to its fullest ^_^
The Dork Knight
Aug 4th, 2008, 05:00 PM
Pokemon Pinball for Game Boy Color: the only Pokemon game I ever played. Rumbled too.
Aug 4th, 2008, 05:46 PM
I remember when my younger brother got Pokémon Pinball for his Gameboy Color. I had previously played the then hits Pokémon versions (Red, Blue and Yellow) and I thought that this installment would be a profanation to the overall series.

I was wrong.

The game itself proved to be extremely adictive and the idea of catching Pokémon while succesfully accomplishing certain feats was neat. If one thing had me at the verge of almost throwing the Gameboy Color to the nearest wall was the fact that if you wanted to cath the most unique of Pokémons you had to upgrade your ball enough (which usually took a long time) to finally be able to meet a chance of catching one. The problem was that once the damned thing came into screen it took longer to catch than the average ones and the time limit was a concern...

It was a good game anyway...
Forum Virgin
Aug 5th, 2008, 01:36 AM
I'm a sucker for pinball video games. This was my first DS game and it's my firm belief that it's the most underrated game on the DS. The Rumble cartridge was a dud, though.
Aug 5th, 2008, 01:55 PM
I want more classic Metroid games.
Greasy Bacon of Villany
Aug 5th, 2008, 08:46 PM
I loved Sonic Spinball and I was able to get to the final stage once. The third stage was a ridiculous amp up in difficulty but the game is only 4 stages long. Wait, the DS has a rumble feature and hardly any of the games use it? You know what, I doubt most people care about rumble features in their controllers anymore.
I must preserve my P.B.F.
Aug 6th, 2008, 09:19 PM
I love rumble features. It has something to do with that hand numming experience after a good vibration.
I played a couple of handheld pinball games so i might check this out.
Oozes machismo
Aug 6th, 2008, 11:11 PM
Originally Posted by porkboy View Post
You know what, I doubt most people care about rumble features in their controllers anymore.
Now that you mention, I don't care, but if they took it away I'd probably be p.o.'ed.

Metroid Prime Pinball is probably my second favorite pinball videogame right after Sonic Spinball. Both great games.
Forum Virgin
Aug 7th, 2008, 04:01 AM
I, sadly, have not had a chance to play MPP yet, but I need to pick it up.

Anyone ever play Kirby's Pinball Land? I once spent over two and a half hours straight playing it, with no breaks ._.;
Aug 11th, 2008, 10:04 AM
I never use the rumble pak with the game.
Master of Awesome Sauce!
Aug 13th, 2008, 02:30 AM
I should pick this up... After all, I seem to love pinball games based off of well known series; Sonic Spinball, Pokemon Pinball, and last but not least, Kirby's Pinball Land!!!