The passwords are too damn long
actually, it was partly because Metroid wasn't exactly a big hit in Japan. They didn't think the added cost per cart was worth it if it wasn't going to sell well in the Western world.
The Japanese version does have a save option. Just boggles my mind to this day why they didn't put it. I guess it was because of the whole renting games sort of craze.
engage ridley mother f***er, that is all.
Makes me wonder why Nintendo didn't solder on a save battery to the NES carts. That would've saved a lot of time trying to start up a game.
Compared to some that James has shown in his AVGN episodes, Metroid is nothing.
But without the password system, we wouldn't have Craig yelling at people for not knowing Justin Bailey :3
Long passwords mean that there are a bunch of variables to keep track of, like energy tanks, missile tanks, powers ups acquired et cetera