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Samus Aran

Samus Aran in her Varia Suit, as she appears in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
Game series Metroid series
First game Metroid (1986)
Created by Makoto Kanou[1]
Designed by Hiroji Kiyotake[2]
Voiced by Jennifer Hale (2002-2007)[3]

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Samus Aran (サムス・アラン Samusu Aran?), is the fictional protagonist of the Metroid video game series. Introduced in the 1986 video game Metroid, Samus is a bounty hunter armed with a cybernetic power suit with a number of advanced technologies built into it. She hunts aliens called the "Space Pirates" and energy-draining alien parasites called "Metroids", while attempting to complete missions given by the Galactic Federation. Since Metroid Prime, Samus has been voiced by Jennifer Hale, however Alesia Glidewell provided her voice in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Box art of the first Metroid game The Metroid ) games are a series of video games produced by Nintendo. ... Namcos Pac-Man is one of the most popular video games ever made. ... 1986 1986 in games 1985 in video gaming 1987 in video gaming Notable events of 1986 in computer and video games. ... This article is about the first game in the series. ... For other uses, see Bounty hunter (disambiguation). ... The Metroid ) games are a series of video games produced by Nintendo. ... This article is about the game. ... Jennifer Hale is a Canadian-born actress who has been doing voices for video games, animation, commercials, radio promotions, anime, and movies since 1993. ... Alesia Glidewell is a freelance filmmaker and a producer born in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 8, 1978. ... Super Smash Bros. ...


Her gender was unusual for a game protagonist of her time; Metroid led players to believe Samus was a male cyborg (including references to the character as male in the English instruction booklet) until the very end of the game, where it was revealed that Samus is in fact an athletic young woman.[4] Although Samus wears the Power Suit throughout most of the Metroid series, it has become a tradition to depict her in much more revealing attire at the end of each game, often as a reward for satisfying certain conditions (such as completing the game quickly or with a high percentage of the game’s items collected). Samus is considered one of the earliest and most significant female protagonists in the history of video games. This article is about the first game in the series. ... For other uses, see Cyborg (disambiguation). ...


Samus' creation is usually credited to Metroid producer Gunpei Yokoi, but the original game concepts were done by game director Makoto Kanou. She was designed by Hiroji Kiyotake.[5][1] This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Concept and creation

Samus Aran, like the entirety of the Metroid franchise, owes a huge debt to Ridley Scott's 1979 film, Alien, and its heroine, Ellen Ripley. Half way through the development of the original Metroid game, one of the staff said, "Hey, wouldn't that be kind of cool if it turned out that this person inside the suit was a woman?", and the idea eventually worked its way in.[6][7] Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937 in South Shields, South Tyneside) is a British film director and producer. ... This article is about the first film in a series. ... Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, is the protagonist in the Alien movie series. ...


Characteristics

Samus' main distinguishing feature is her Power Suit, a modular suit of armor created for her by a fictional race called the Chozo. The Power Suit's main purpose is to protect her from adverse environments and enemy fire. During gameplay, the suit can be upgraded to various other forms for added protection, and receive various power-ups which augment her abilities, including Space Jump boots, energy tanks, the Screw Attack, and numerous modifications to her weapons. U.S. Army conceptual mock-up of an exoskeleton-equipped soldier. ... The Metroid ) games are a series of video games produced by Nintendo. ...

Samus' gunship in Super Metroid

For transportation, Samus uses her distinctive gunship. She has had several gunships throughout the series, more than one of which has been described as a custom Hunter-class starship made especially for her by the Galactic Federation. The first appearance of Samus' gunship was in Metroid II: Return of Samus, and the differences in the gunship's design, with very few exceptions, have been cosmetic in nature. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The term gunship is used in several contexts, all sharing the general idea of a light vessel armed with heavy guns. ... Metroid II title screen Metroid II: Return of Samus is the second title in the Metroid series that appeared on the Nintendo Game Boy. ...


Like many protagonists of Nintendo's first party adventure games, Samus rarely speaks (although she has extensive written monologues and dialogues in Metroid Fusion). Metroid Fusion ) is an action-adventure video game developed by Nintendo R&D1 and released for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance . ...


Appearances

Within the Metroid games, the legendary bounty hunter, Samus Aran, is best known for defeating the Space Pirates and the dangerous, life-draining Metroids. At the start of Metroid, Samus' gender is not specified (although the instruction manual references Samus as a male several times), but she reveals herself as a woman in the game's ending. The Metroid ) games are a series of video games produced by Nintendo. ... The Metroid ) games are a series of video games produced by Nintendo. ... This article is about the first game in the series. ...


Little is known of Samus' past, yet details of her beginnings can be gathered from various sources, including the instruction manual of Metroid Prime, and the Metroid e-manga. Her biography in Super Smash Bros. Melee states that she was orphaned during a Space Pirate raid on her homeworld of K-2L. It also states that she was subsequently rescued by the bird-like Chozo race and infused with "Chozo blood".[8] Information in Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid Prime strongly suggests that she was raised on the planet Zebes by the Chozo, who referred to her as "the Hatchling",[9] and that she became their most prized warrior. This article is about the game. ... Super Smash Bros. ... The Metroid ) games are a series of video games produced by Nintendo. ... Metroid: Zero Mission is a part of the Metroid series and a remake of the original Metroid. ...


The official Metroid e-manga[10] details the events of Samus' childhood on the planetary colony of K-2L and depicts the Space Pirate attack which resulted in the deaths of all the colonists, including Samus' parents, Rodney and Virginia. The 3 year-old Samus miraculously survived and was found by the Chozo, who took the orphaned girl back to their home planet of Zebes where she would be raised. The subsequent volume of the e-manga portrays Samus' upbringing on Zebes, and her training with the Chozo there. In order to survive against the harsh environment of Zebes, the Chozo infused Samus with their DNA, providing her with enhanced physical abilities. As she grew older, the Chozo elders donned Samus in her Power Suit which they developed and trained her as a warrior, eventually sending the hunter out to fulfill their legacy and become protector of the galaxy. This article is about the comics created in Japan. ...


In Metroid, Samus is sent by the Galactic Federation to stop the Space Pirates' production of Metroids after the Federation's own attempts had failed. The original game ends with the defeat of the Space Pirates, but Metroid: Zero Mission continues the plot when Samus' gunship is shot down, forcing her to infiltrate the Pirates' mothership in order to escape. This article is about the first game in the series. ... Metroid: Zero Mission is a part of the Metroid series and a remake of the original Metroid. ...


Metroid Prime chronicles Samus' mission to Tallon IV, where she once again encounters the Space Pirates and discovers a dangerous energy source called Phazon. She also fights and defeats Metroid Prime, the source of Phazon on Tallon IV. This article is about the game. ... The Metroid ) games are a series of video games produced by Nintendo. ...


In Metroid Prime Hunters, Samus is charged with locating eight artifacts known as "Octoliths", which are touted as the key to "Ultimate Power". However, she must first battle against six other galactic bounty hunters, as well as various other enemies and the guardians of the relics. Metroid Prime Hunters is a first-person shooter and adventure game for the Nintendo DS developed by NST, a Redmond-based first-party developer for Nintendo, and released on March 20, 2006. ...


In Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Samus is sent to the unstable planet Aether for a search and rescue mission. She soon discovers a doppelgänger of herself, Dark Samus, formed of the remains of Metroid Prime and Samus' Phazon Suit. Samus works to restore the planet's energy, guided by the indigenous Luminoth and battling against the powerful Ing. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is the direct sequel to Metroid Prime, and is the latest game in Nintendos Metroid series to appear on the GameCube. ... For other uses, see Doppelgänger (disambiguation). ...


In Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Dark Samus corrupts Samus and several other bounty hunters with Phazon, as well as corrupting several planets with Phazon seeds called "Leviathans". Samus must destroy these seeds to stop the Phazon from spreading, as well as her fellow bounty hunters when they cannot handle their corruption.


In Metroid II: Return of Samus, Samus is sent back to planet SR-388 to eradicate the Metroid species once and for all. After defeating the Metroid Queen, she comes across a single Metroid egg that hatches just as she arrives. The newborn Metroid quickly imprints on Samus and follows her around "like a confused child". Unable to bring herself to destroy the hatchling, Samus instead takes it with her to the research space colony Ceres. The scientists there research the infant Metroid for its energy producing capabilities. Metroid II title screen Metroid II: Return of Samus is the second title in the Metroid series that appeared on the Nintendo Game Boy. ... Imprinting is the term used in psychology and ethology to describe any kind of phase-sensitive learning (learning occurring at a particular age or a particular life stage) that is rapid and apparently independent of the consequences of behavior. ...


Super Metroid picks up where Metroid II leaves off. Shortly after leaving the space colony, Samus receives a distress call from the colony. She returns to find the scientists dead and the Metroid hatchling missing. She encounters Ridley, who steals the hatchling and takes it back to planet Zebes. Samus fights her way through the planet, eventually defeating Ridley and three other bosses, then continues on to battle a cybernetically enhanced Mother Brain, who nearly defeats her before being attacked by the Metroid hatchling. Mother Brain destroys the Metroid in retaliation, then Samus defeats Mother Brain and escapes as the planet self-destructs. “Metroid 3” redirects here. ... The Metroid ) games are a series of video games produced by Nintendo. ... The Metroid ) games are a series of video games produced by Nintendo. ...


Metroid Fusion takes place after the events of Super Metroid. In this game, Samus returns to SR-388, where she is infected by the X Parasite and nearly dies. She is infused with Metroid DNA and recovers, and is then sent on a new mission to determine the cause of an explosion aboard a research station orbiting SR-388. She receives orders from an artificial intelligence aboard her new gunship, which she nicknames "Adam" after her deceased commanding officer. Much of Samus' past is revealed in this game, mostly through narration by Samus herself. Throughout her mission, she is stalked by her doppelgänger, the SA-X. Metroid Fusion ) is an action-adventure video game developed by Nintendo R&D1 and released for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance . ... Samus fighting a Core-X which had imitated the organism Nightmare. ... AI redirects here. ... For other uses, see Doppelgänger (disambiguation). ... Metroid Fusion ) is an action-adventure video game developed by Nintendo R&D1 and released for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance . ...


Suitless/Zero Suit Samus

Samus without her helmet in one of the ending sequences of Metroid Prime.
Samus in her Zero Suit in one of the ending sequences of Metroid: Zero Mission.

While Samus is almost always seen wearing her Power Suit, every canon game in the series gives the player a chance to see her outside of the suit. This tradition began in the first Metroid game, where her suit was used primarily as a way to keep her gender a surprise  by completing the game quickly, players could see Samus in a two-piece bikini. (Certain passwords in the NES version would also let the player play Samus in a purple leotard, though this had no impact on gameplay.) Since then, each game has similarly challenged players to complete the game quickly and/or collect a specific percentage of items. Players are then rewarded with special endings that include images or movies of Samus opening her visor, removing her helmet, or completely removing the Power Suit briefly. In recent games, Samus's bikini was replaced by a less revealing and more functional blue bodysuit, dubbed the "Zero Suit." Image File history File links Samus_sans_helmet. ... Image File history File links Samus_sans_helmet. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


Super Metroid was the first game to depict Samus' Power Suit breaking apart when the player ran out of energy; similar incarnations of this scene appear in both Fusion and Zero Mission. Zero Mission also includes a section where the player must control the heroine after she has lost her armor. Unlike the original Metroid (where her altered appearance was merely a cosmetic Easter egg), this lack of armor plays a central role in Zero Mission, increasing the amount of damage Samus takes and changing her available weaponry. Samus is again pictured wearing only her Zero Suit at the beginning of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and again in a special ending. She wears her Power Suit throughout the rest of the game, only occasionally removing her helmet during certain cutscenes. A virtual Easter egg is a hidden message or feature in an object such as a movie, book, CD, DVD, computer program, or video game. ...


In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Solid Snake is briefed by Mei Ling about Zero-Suit Samus's abilities. According to Mei-Ling, Samus's training with the Chozo has made her a "super athlete" with agility and speed that no "normal human" could hope to match. This characteristic is implemented in Brawl's gameplay, as Zero-Suit Samus is both lighter and quicker than her suited counterpart. Super Smash Bros. ... Solid Snake ) is the predominant anti-hero protagonist of the Metal Gear series. ... Mei Ling (beautiful lotus) is a fictional character appearing in many of the Metal Gear series of video games, after being first introduced in Metal Gear Solid. ...


Appearances outside the Metroid series

Being a well-known Nintendo character, Samus has made numerous appearances in other titles and media.


Super Smash Bros. series

Samus is a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series of multiplayer fighting games, where she can use her array of weapons in combat against characters from other video games. She is identified throughout the series by her trademark icon, the Screw Attack symbol, and the Metroid II version of her gunship appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee for the GameCube. A Screw Attack item is also seen in Melee which allows other players to perform Samus' Screw Attack while jumping. Super Smash Bros. ... Online gaming redirects here. ... Screenshot of The King of Fighters XI (2005, SNK Playmore). ... Super Smash Bros. ... The Nintendo GameCube (GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ...


In Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii, players can cause Samus to lose her Power Suit by using her Final Smash attack, Zero Laser. [11] When not wearing her Power Suit, she is referred to as "Zero Suit Samus" and wears her blue form-fitting suit seen in Zero Mission and the Prime series. In this form, she has a different set of movements and attacks, and pieces of her discarded Power Suit can be picked up and thrown. This alternate form is also selectable at the beginning or during a match by holding down shield while on Character Select.[12] Zero Suit Samus's Final Smash is named Power Suit Samus, where she reverts back into her Power Suit.[12] This is the first game in which Samus has actual spoken lines of dialogue. This occurs when she is taunting in Zero Suit mode. Super Smash Bros. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. ...


Samus also can wear the Fusion Suit, Gravity Suit and Phazon Suit as alternate costumes.[12]


Other appearances

Samus is also a semi-regular character in the Captain N: The Game Master comic books from Valiant Comics, published as part of the Nintendo Comics System. In these stories, Samus has romantic feelings for Kevin Keene, despite his own affections for Princess Lana. However, as she states in the story “Breakout”, she’d prefer to win Kevin’s affections fairly. At one point Princess Lana accuses Samus of being responsible for the kidnapping of her father, based on circumstantial evidence which is later discredited. In the animated series of the same name, Samus did not appear, even though Mother Brain is the show's primary villain. Series writer Jake Roddy claimed in an interview that he didn’t feature Samus in the cartoon because he had "never heard of her".[13] Captain N: The Game Master is a cartoon series that aired on U.S. and United Kingdom television from 1989 to 1992. ... For the Hal Foster comic strip, see Prince Valiant. ... The Nintendo Comics System was a series of comic books published by Valiant Comics in 1990 and 1991. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ...


Samus also starred in two comic adaptations featured in Nintendo Power: a 60-page one for Super Metroid[14] and a 24-page one for Metroid Prime. Like other major Nintendo characters, she has various cameos in other Nintendo games, including Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Kirby's Dream Land 3, and the WarioWare series. Nintendo Power magazine is a monthly news and strategy magazine formerly published in-house by Nintendo. ... Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (スーパーマリオRPG) was the last Mario game made and released for the Super Famicom/Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and was the last Square-produced game for a Nintendo video game console until 2003, with the debut of Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles for the... Kirbys Dream Land 3, known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby 3 , lit. ... Wario has appeared in dozens of Nintendo-published games, primarily as a villain or protagonist, but also as part of the Mario crossover cast. ...


As well, Samus appeared as the Red Star Commanding Officer of map #2: Donut Island of the title Famicom Wars (the first game in the Nintendo Wars series, which was to later include Advance Wars.) Famicom Wars (1988), developed by Intelligent Systems was the first game in the Nintendo Wars series, being released for the Famicom. ... Nintendo Wars (Japanese: ファミコンウォーズ Famicom Wars) is a series of military turn-based strategy video games (See wargame), developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. ... Advance Wars is a turn-based tactics video game developed for the Game Boy Advance by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo in 2001. ...


References

  1. ^ a b Ultimate Nintendo FAQ — May 2002. n-Sider. Retrieved on 2007-03-23.
  2. ^ Credits for Metroid. MobyGames.
  3. ^ Jennifer Hale at TV.com
  4. ^ One Girl vs. The Galaxy. 1UP.com (2006-08-07).
  5. ^ El Origen de Metroid (Spanish). N-retro.
  6. ^ Rus McLaughlin (2007-08-24). IGN Presents The History of Metroid. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-02-17.
  7. ^ Metroid: Zero Mission director roundtable. IGN (2004-01-30). Retrieved on 2008-02-20.
  8. ^ Super Smash Bros. Melee, "Samus Aran" trophy
  9. ^ Metroid Prime FAQ at GameFaqs.com
  10. ^ Official Metroid E-Manga at Metroid.jp
  11. ^ http://www.smashbros.com/en_us/characters/samus.html#3rd, Smash Bros. Dojo!
  12. ^ a b c http://www.smashbros.com/en_us/characters/zerosuit_samus.html#3rd, Smash Bros Dojo!
  13. ^ Interview with Jake Roddy, The Unofficial Captain N Homepage
  14. ^ Super Metroid: Comics, Metroid Database

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Samus succeeded, defeating Kraid, Ridley, and Mother Brain in the process, but as she escaped the time bomb detonated by the Mother Brain in her final throes, she was shot down by a fleet of Pirates.
Samus entered one of the frigate’s larger test labs, and was greeted with a shriek from a beast on the ceiling, which promptly destroyed the roof section of the lab, and took off.
Samus escaped the frigate to the planet Tallon IV in pursuit of Meta Ridley, discovering the ruins of a Chozo civilization, destroyed by the poisonous Phazon that came from a mysterious meteor that crashed into the planet an undetermined time ago.
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