Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is a video game developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo for the Wii. It is the tenth game in the Metroid series and is the third and final of the main installments in the Metroid Prime trilogy, excluding the two spin-off titles.
The game's story takes place six months after the events of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and follows bounty hunter Samus Aran as she assists the Galactic Federation in their fight against the Space Pirates, despite being slowly corrupted by the mutagenic material, Phazon. The initially minimal marketing for the game expanded to include various Wii Shop Channel releases, including the Metroid Prime 3 Preview channel. Reception to Metroid Prime 3: Corruption has been positive, with critical reviews praising the gameplay and sales reaching over one million units.
The game begins with Samus Aran meeting other three bounty hunters in a Galactic Federation ship. After fending off a Space Pirate attack, the hunters are sent to planet Norion, which will be hit by a Phazon asteroid called a "Leviathan Seed". Just before the hunters can activate the defense system, they are attacked by Dark Samus. With the other hunters unconscious, a severely wounded Samus manages to activate the laser just in time to destroy the Leviathan Seed before she herself passes out.
A month later, Samus wakes up. The Federation scientists tell her that Phazon became part of the hunters' life force, and they are equipped with technology that allows them to utilize Phazon as energy (this is called Hypermode). The other hunters had left two weeks before to investigate planets hit by Leviathans, but contact with them was lost. Samus is then sent to destroy each Leviathan and seek the whereabouts of the other hunters.
Most of Power Suit Samus's appearance and weapons are also borrowed from the game, with the exception of her standard B move.
Zero-Suit Samus's look was also borrowed from the game. She can be seen at the end of Corruption if the player defeats the game at a 100% success rate. However, due to the absence of Zero Suit Samus weapons in Corruption, her weapon arsenal was created by Masahiro Sakurai and his team.
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