Norfair, part of the planet Zebes, as explored by Samus Aran in Super Metroid, revolutionary video game for the SNES.

Norfair is the area of the planet that is the furthest underground. Naturally, therefore, it is the hottest, and it features that video game staple of lava in some areas. These places will sap Samus' energy very quickly, because of the sheer heat, unless Samus has got the Varia Suit equipped, which protects against the heat. Samus must enter the area before this, however, to earn the Power Bombs, a vital item in the game.

There is only one way in or out of Norfair, and that is through the elevator up to Brinstar.

Norfair is definitely one of the most dangerous areas of the game, and it pays to keep your wits (and your Varia suit) about you all the time while exploring it. However, once players acquire the Gravity Suit they will find that the lava which is spread about many of the rooms in Norfair will no longer harm them.

Norfair contains probably the hardest sub boss in the game, in the form of an old friend from the first Metroid game. To get to the battle, though, Samus must traverse an absolutely huge lair, with a number of interesting items, traps and enemies inside. For one thing, near invincible Space Pirate enemies pop up, and plenty of Space Jumping through nasty lava is also called for.

Overall, while Norfair is full to the brim of all the old video game cliches, it is still an excellent, and challenging level to explore. And I especially like the old school graphics inside the big boss' lair, which for some reason reminds me of NES graphics.

For map labels, see the pipe links.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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Part of the Super Metroid map project. Many thanks to Servo5678 for his help and encouragement with this project.

Maps made from editing a Super Metroid map found on GameFAQs.com (the map is copyrighted to "Khoro", 2000) with MSPaint, and turned into ASCII with BG ASCII 1.32.

If you spot any mistakes, please don't hesitate to tell me.

See also - Crateria - Brinstar - Wrecked Ship - Maridia - Tourian


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