Samus Aran


by Angela Simpson

Samus Aran

It is with great pleasure that we once again take a peek into the life, or in this case 'virtual world' of yet another cool, strong, female. Samus Aran - the legendary bounty hunter who is well-known for defeating the Space Pirates and wiping out the dangerous Metroids. At first believed to be an android, Samus revealed her true identity after she defeated the Space Pirates on Zebes. Her reputation grew as her reliability almost always guaranteed success in her hired jobs. Equipped with a heavy armored suit and arm cannon, she is a force to be reckoned with and this is why she is in the Gamer Girls Tribute section.

Let's take a closer look at the character herself.....
Samus - A quick bio:
Name: Samus Aran
Age: Unknown
Species: Human (she was infused with Chozo blood and mutch later with metroid DNA; the existence of her cybernetic implants is still conjectural)
Occupation: Space hunter, bounty hunter
Height: 1 meter, 90 centimeters in the suit according to the Metroid II instruction booklet
Weight: 90 kilograms in the suit according to the Metroid II instruction booklet
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde

Metroid: The Metroid series, a creation of the late Nintendo visionary Gunpei Yokoi, is a series of shooting/platformer games featuring female bounty hunter Samus Aran on various missions. The first Metroid game provided one of the first highly nonlinear game experiences on a home console.

The eponymous in-game Metroids are small, cell-like creatures capable of siphoning the life energy out of any organism. Metroid II established a four-stage life-cycle; most Metroids encountered are so-called Alpha Metroids, but Beta, Zeta, and Omega Metroids exist as well. Metroid Prime introduced two new forms: Hunter Metroids sport a long tentacle enabling long-range attacks and Fission Metroids split into two new Fission Metroids at regular intervals.

Metroid Prime is a first-person shooter video game developed by Retro Studies and released by Nintendo in 2002 for the GameCube console. According to the fictional universe that the Metroid series is set in, Metroid Prime is the interquel of the first two installments of the Metroid series, the original Metroid and Metroid II: The Return of Samus. Metroid Prime takes place mainly on the planet Tallon IV. The title also features connectivity bonuses with Metroid Fusion.

Metroid II: Return of Samus: Samus Aran returns in an all new adventure to exterminate the Metroids, now venturing to their home planet, SR388. Instead of the long corridors and doors you have to blast open with your regular gun, now you have to destroy Metroids in order to progress to the next area.
In addition to blasting Metroids, you also have new skills. The Space Jump allows Samus to jump repeatedly in the air. When combined with the Screw Attack, it can shred any enemies by flying into them. The jump can also be used to access other areas. Other new items include the Plasma Beam, Spazer Laser and the Spider Ball, which allows Samus to climb walls and stick on ceilings while in the maru-mari form (Morphing Ball).

More Metroid:
Super Metroid
This is the direct sequel to Metroid II: Return of Samus. In the game plot, Samus returns to the Planet Zebes to destroy the Space Pirates before they use the last living Metroid larva to accomplish their plans of galactic domination.
With gameplay similar to the last game in the series, Super Metroid was one out of the most popular games for SNES when it debuted in 1994, and it remains popular.

Metroid Fusion
Metroid Fusion is the first game in the Metroid franchise to appear on Nintendo's GameBoy Advance portable platform. It is the sequel to the highly critically acclaimed SNES game Super Metroid. Metroid Zero Mission would be second one to appear on Gameboy Advance. Metroid Fusion is chronologically set last according to the fictional universe that the Metroid series takes place.
The player becomes Samus Aran a galactic bounty hunter who must spelunk through an artificially maintained habitat onboard a space station which, along with Samus, has been infected with the X-virus. She must regather the special abilities and weapons she has lost to neutralize the threat to the station. Along the way she encounters obstacles and enemies.

For all the reasons above we have chosen to tribute Samus - Heroine of the Metroid Prime video game franchise!

"This article originally appeared at Thumb as 'The Honorary Oakley'. It was written to highlight strong female games characters. They appear at Gamer Girls Unite with permission from fellow female gaming site Thumb Bandits, but remain their IP."