Maridia part 1
wow this place is fucking huge... that's right I did come here before and managed to get the map at the bottom left... now I'm in from the top right Crateria elevator... up here it's just a sandy, beachy stage, but then it opens up and most of its sections are submerged... there's a morph ball maze here that is made much easier with the xray visor, but still kinda tough...
couldn't go anywhere from this big open spot that is half-submerged and the other half too high to get up to without the screw attack... except for a green door to the right that leads you down a long shaft, where you pass right through another section that you haven't been to yet, and I saw a glimpse of what might've been a metroid?
now I'm back at the bottom of Maridia... managed to make it up a really hard wall jumping section to get to an unmapped part at the lower right... seriously there's even flying enemies that ambush you at the top, make you fall and have to redo the 5 consecutive wall jumps again.. I managed to take some of them out with missiles and made it up after like 20 more attemps... there's a really scary part after that where you're falling down a shaft where most of the platforms are one-way insta-break ones, and it seems like it's really easy to fall back down below the wall jump area and have to redo all that again... but I made it to a right side door...
right... so now the bottom half of Maridia is fully re-explored.. the remaining blue sections of Maridia are still pretty huge... gonna stop here for now, after retracing my steps in Norfair and Brinstar, going through all of Wrecked Ship and like a 3rd (probably not even, considering there's probably still unmapped places I haven't been to ontop of the remaining blue... next session will be the 2nd half of Maridia, followed by probably a quick sweep up of Brinstar, Norfair, and Crateria before finishing the game... not sure how close I'll get to 100% since this is a guideless run and it's very likely I'll miss some obscure missile hidden in the ground or something.