Metroid Prime Hunters is a first-person shooter and adventure game for the Nintendo DS handheld video game console. It was developed by American video game developers Nintendo Software Technology, and was released by Nintendo in North America in March 2006, in Europe and Australia in May 2006, and in Japan in June 2006. When the Nintendo DS launched in 2004, the console included an unrated early demo of Metroid Prime Hunters, titled Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt, in most regions.
At the beginning of the game, the governing body of the galaxy, the Galactic Federation, asks bounty hunter Samus Aran to investigate a mysterious message that originated from the Alimbic solar system. Traveling throughout the system, Samus discovers that long ago, a creature named Gorea destroyed most of the peaceful civilization that once lived there, the Alimbics. Before it could do more harm, the Alimbics sealed Gorea away. Samus learns that Gorea sent the transmission to the Galactic Federation, and that she must defeat the creature before it escapes its intergalactic prison.
Reviews were generally favorable towards the game, which received an aggregated score of 85 out of 100 from Metacritic and a 84 percent from GameRankings. Praise focused on its gameplay and graphics, while criticism targeted its control scheme. Metroid Prime Hunters received several honors, including an Editors' Choice Award from IGN, which also named the game the Best DS Action Game of 2006. Nintendo Power gave it awards for Best Graphics, Best Shooter/Action Game, and Best Wi-Fi Functionality. Over 410,000 copies of the game were sold in North America in its first month of release, and it was the fourth best-selling game during its debut month in Japan.
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