A brief history of Samus in her underwear

Despite its flaws, the recently released Metroid: Other M does manage to push a lot of the right fanboy buttons. As the game nears its end, several classic Metroid elements are brought to the surface, though one tradition was seemingly forgotten or purposefully omitted - the end-of-game shot of Samus in her underwear. Used to be, each Metroid game had several endings that displayed Samus is varying states of dress. Take too long to complete the game and she'd be encased in her armor, which isn't much of a reward.

On the other hand, speeding through would usually net you a shot of the galaxy-famous bounty hunter in a bikini or some other skimpy getup. It's strange that Other M would ignore this, as developer Team Ninja is already known for excessive boob physics and absurdly constructed women. So, if they're not going to continue the trend Nintendo started in the '80s, let's at least look back at how Metroid used to end.

Above: The original Metroid ending offered three views of Samus' true feminine form, with faster times earning less clothing. God, those sure are sexy squares

Above: Metroid II for the Game Boy followed up with this alluring selection of lingerie, much more womanlike than the horrifying pixel blobs that came just a few years prior

Above: Super Metroid regresses a bit, as a swimsuit is one thing, but the dress/boots/lipstick combo actually comes off a bit crass compared to the fairly traditional Samus of Metroid II

Above: Eight years later, Metroid Fusion introduced something like five different endings, the skimpiest of which you see here

Above: Then in 2004, Metroid Zero Mission brought us this orange number that's never been seen since

Above: Zero Mission also introduced the now-standard Zero Suit, which has been seen in Prime 3, Smash Bros and Other M

Above: Here she is in Other M during a cutscene. The Zero Suit is skin tight, so it kinda counts as underwear, but it's more like a second skin that can instantly summon her power suit than casual wear

None of the three Prime games show more than the Zero Suit, and Other M similarly opts to refrain from a near-naked Samus. Odd how Nintendo, a company known for its 80s and 90s censorship began and continued this trend up through 2004, then abandoned it. On one hand these "hurry and see a half naked chick" endings could be seen as objectifying one of the stronger female leads in games, but uh, that hip-hugging Zero Suit is no better. What do you think?

Thanks to this great site for some of the Samus images!




  • HumorTumor - September 1, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    Damn....if only more games did this. Although RE1, jill's ending screen was her wrapped in a towel or blanket. Her and Samus, my biggest video game crushes.
  • Cyberninja - September 1, 2010 2:50 a.m.

    team ninja with no stuff what planet am i on?
  • shyfonzie - August 31, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    The Zero Suit really isn't better than any superheroine's costume.
  • ALLAH16inchwonder - August 31, 2010 9:51 p.m.

    nom nom nom...
  • Nodoudt - August 31, 2010 7 p.m.

    I'm sure if Team Ninja did include that we'd probably be on another article complaining about it. I like the choice not to do so, though. Brett's right about objectifying someone like that. I guess that's why you don't see that with any other Nintendo girl.
  • zer0hvk - August 31, 2010 3:16 p.m.

    If you're a gamer and you don't have any sort of infatuation with Samus, you are quite possibly not a heterosexual. SCIENCE!!
  • Lurkero - August 31, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    You solicitors need to step your game up. If you are gonna spam you gotta get to the article early.
  • philipshaw - August 31, 2010 11:31 a.m.

    The fusion stuff looked like fan art but apart from that it was good stuff
  • TheGoods - August 31, 2010 11:28 a.m.

    The Iron Man style Zero Suit makes sense and is cool, but why was she wearing a bikini in the previous game, according to Spider-man that causes chaffing, did someone at Nintendo really think people would be so happy for pixelated cleavage that it would be overlook? Kinda creepy.
  • GamesRadarTylerNagata - August 31, 2010 9:42 a.m.

    We should do a brief history of Chris in his underwear next
  • Silvermech - August 31, 2010 4:19 a.m.

    I did not know that, but I never have finished a Metroid game.
  • 510BrotherPanda - August 31, 2010 4:13 a.m.

    That's a little disappointing; I was hoping for something better, seeing as Other M is suppose to go back to the "traditional" style of gameplay. I'm still going to pick it up tomorrow, because I'm a Metroid fan and for the art book thingy. Hope you're feeling better, Brett. You sounded really sickly on Pokemon Monday today. I'm thinking of doing a fan art of you projectile barfing at Chris.
  • JohnnyMaverik - August 31, 2010 3:35 a.m.

    On one hand I find this kinda sad on the other hand this has compelled me to go find... some... uh... "fan art" O.o Don't judge -_-
  • mahabat - August 31, 2010 3:06 a.m.

    That zero mission one actually looks pretty good
  • gamewriter - August 31, 2010 2:51 a.m.

    OMG im in love with samus aran
  • epicdominican91 - August 31, 2010 2:44 a.m.

    *Looks at first screen* *fapfapfapfapfapfap* reCAPTCHA: i was seriously given the fucking OMEGA SYMBOL!
  • thefreakysurgeon - August 31, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    Samus in her Zero Suit... probably has tons of guys wanting to pop her cherry
  • DarkTone - August 31, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    It IS strange that of all companies, Team Ninja would put the breaks to a Metroid tradition. On the other hand, maybe Nintendo want to move in a more family friendly game genre...more.
  • oufour - August 31, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    anyone else not turned on by this? i've been ruined by internet porn.
  • ventanger - August 31, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    Am I the only one a little disgusted that this once modest, strong woman has been objectiveness by none other than the self purported kings of gaming decency? I much preferred her character before the bulbous weight of sex starved fanboys was too much for Nintendo to uphold, succumbing to the craze of videogame pinups. Samus used to be such a strong, stable character that at one point I considered naming my daughter after her (ya know, when I have one), but now her image has become so sleezy. You know why Tali from Mass Effect is such an attractive fan favorite? Because she isn't trodded out in a cat suit.

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