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'''''Metroid''''' is a series of games, manga, and other products and a pioneer of the [[Metroidvania]] genre of video game. I first experienced the series when I played the original [[Metroid]] game somewhere around 1990. I have only ever played the 2D Metroid games, none of the Prime series.
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'''''Metroid''''' is a series of games, manga, and other products and a pioneer of the [[Metroidvania]] genre of video game created by [[Nintendo]]. I first experienced the series when I played the original [[Metroid]] game somewhere around 1990. I have only ever played the 2D Metroid games, none of the Prime series.
  
While I admire the game designers for making the main character of the Metroid series a women, I don't like how they've objectified Samus through the years. In the first game, players just assumed the main character was male until they beat the game with decent time and Samus Aran removes her helmet to show her long brown hair. Beating the game even faster results in a her removing her power suit to show her in a skin-tight leotard, and beating the game extremely fast reveals her in a bikini. It was rumored that beating the game even faste (r would make her entirely nude. This is a "women as reward" trope that sticks with the series for several games to come. In Super Metroid, Samus is ret-conned to be blonde, I presume to make her more attractive.
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While I admire the game designers for making the main character of the Metroid series a women, I don't like how they've objectified Samus through the years. In the first game, players just assumed the main character was male until they beat the game with decent time and Samus Aran removes her helmet to show her long brown hair. Beating the game even faster results in a her removing her power suit to show her in a skin-tight leotard, and beating the game extremely fast reveals her in a bikini. It was rumored that beating the game even faster would make her entirely nude. This is a "women as reward" trope that sticks with the series for several games to come. In Super Metroid, Samus is ret-conned to be blonde, I presume to make her more attractive to Western players.
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Samus's suit has undergone some design changes over the years. In the first game, she wears a power suit, and, in the second game she starts with the power suit, but, upon finding the varia, her suit changes to an increased armor level. This suit adds large orbs on her shoulders which I think are kind of stupid looking, and certainly impractical for a fighter since they would impair her vision. Super Metroid continues the large shoulder ball design, and they get even worse in Metroid Prime. The Fusion suit returns her to a less-ridiculous suit.
  
 
==Games==
 
==Games==
* [[Metroid]]
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{| class="wikitable sortable"
* [[Metroid II: Return of Samus]]
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! Title !! Release Date !! Original Platform !! Rank !! Beaten
* [[Super Metroid]]
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* [[Metroid Fusion]]
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| [[Metroid]] || 1986-08-06 || [[Famicom Disk System]] || 5 || Yes
* [[Metroid: Zero Mission]]
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| [[Metroid II: Return of Samus]] || 1991-11-?? || [[Game Boy]] || 4 || Yes
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| [[Super Metroid]] || 1994-03-19 || [[SNES]] || 2 || Yes
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| [[Metroid Fusion]] || 2002-11-18 || [[GBA]] || 1 || Yes
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| [[Metroid Prime]] || 2002-11-18 || [[Game Cube]] || ||
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| [[Metroid: Zero Mission]] || 2004-02-09 || [[GBA]] || 3 || Yes
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| [[Metroid Prime 2: Echoes]] || 2004-11-15 || [[Game Cube]] || ||
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| [[Metroid Prime: Hunters - First Hunt]] || 2004-11-21 || [[Nintendo DS]] || ||
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| [[Metroid Prime Pinball]] || 2005-10-24 || [[Nintendo DS]] || ||
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| [[Metroid Prime: Hunters]] || 2006-03-20 || [[Nintendo DS]] || ||
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| [[Metroid Prime 3: Corruption]] || 2007-08-28 || [[Wii]] || ||
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| [[Metroid: Other M]] || 2010-08-31 || [[Wii]] || ||
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| [[Metroid Prime: Federation Force]] || 2016-08-19 || [[Nintendo 3DS]] || ||
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| [[Metroid: Samus Returns]] || 2017-09-15 || [[Nintendo 3DS]] || ||
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|}
  
 
==Books / Manga==
 
==Books / Manga==
* [[Metroid (Magazine X)]]
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* [[Metroid (Magazine Z)]]
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* [[Metroid: Hissho Tekunikku Kan Peki-ban]]
  
 
==Film==
 
==Film==
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==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
Metroid - Samus' Suits.png|Pixel art version of Samus' various suits.
 
 
Metroid Prime - Fan Art.jpg|Fan art of Samus in an exposed Prime suit.
 
Metroid Prime - Fan Art.jpg|Fan art of Samus in an exposed Prime suit.
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Other M - Closeup of Samus Mask.jpg|A close up of Samus on the cover of Other M.
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Metroid - Fan Art - Ivan Flores - Samus Aran.jpg|"Samus Aran" by Ivan Flores.
 
Metroid - Fan Art - Ivan Flores - Norfair Depths.jpg|"Norfair Depths" by Ivan Flores.
 
Metroid - Fan Art - Ivan Flores - Norfair Depths.jpg|"Norfair Depths" by Ivan Flores.
Metroid - Fan Art - Ivan Flores - Samus Aran.jpg|"Samus Aran" by Ivan Flores.
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Metroid - Fan Art - Samus Injured.jpg|Fan art.
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Metroid - Fan Art - Samus Armor.jpg|Fan art.
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AstorAlexander - Fan Art - Bounty Hunter, The.jpg|Fan art by Ástor Alexander.
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Metroid - Fan Art - Prime.jpg|Fan art.
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Metroid - Fan Art - Samus Liquid Armor.jpg|Fan art.
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Metroid - Samus' Suits.png|Pixel art version of Samus' various suits.
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Metroid - Fan Art - ChetRippo - Pray For a True Peace In Space.png|Every suit Samus wears. Fan art by ChetRippo.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  

Latest revision as of 13:01, 6 December 2018

Metroid is a series of games, manga, and other products and a pioneer of the Metroidvania genre of video game created by Nintendo. I first experienced the series when I played the original Metroid game somewhere around 1990. I have only ever played the 2D Metroid games, none of the Prime series.

While I admire the game designers for making the main character of the Metroid series a women, I don't like how they've objectified Samus through the years. In the first game, players just assumed the main character was male until they beat the game with decent time and Samus Aran removes her helmet to show her long brown hair. Beating the game even faster results in a her removing her power suit to show her in a skin-tight leotard, and beating the game extremely fast reveals her in a bikini. It was rumored that beating the game even faster would make her entirely nude. This is a "women as reward" trope that sticks with the series for several games to come. In Super Metroid, Samus is ret-conned to be blonde, I presume to make her more attractive to Western players.

Samus's suit has undergone some design changes over the years. In the first game, she wears a power suit, and, in the second game she starts with the power suit, but, upon finding the varia, her suit changes to an increased armor level. This suit adds large orbs on her shoulders which I think are kind of stupid looking, and certainly impractical for a fighter since they would impair her vision. Super Metroid continues the large shoulder ball design, and they get even worse in Metroid Prime. The Fusion suit returns her to a less-ridiculous suit.

Games

Title Release Date Original Platform Rank Beaten
Metroid 1986-08-06 Famicom Disk System 5 Yes
Metroid II: Return of Samus 1991-11-?? Game Boy 4 Yes
Super Metroid 1994-03-19 SNES 2 Yes
Metroid Fusion 2002-11-18 GBA 1 Yes
Metroid Prime 2002-11-18 Game Cube
Metroid: Zero Mission 2004-02-09 GBA 3 Yes
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes 2004-11-15 Game Cube
Metroid Prime: Hunters - First Hunt 2004-11-21 Nintendo DS
Metroid Prime Pinball 2005-10-24 Nintendo DS
Metroid Prime: Hunters 2006-03-20 Nintendo DS
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption 2007-08-28 Wii
Metroid: Other M 2010-08-31 Wii
Metroid Prime: Federation Force 2016-08-19 Nintendo 3DS
Metroid: Samus Returns 2017-09-15 Nintendo 3DS

Books / Manga

Film

Gallery

Links