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!




  • Zzombie99 - August 31, 2010 12:50 a.m.

  • Haxorz - August 31, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    Hot hot hot o.o Such amazing pixels....
  • link07 - August 31, 2010 12:57 a.m.

    I really don't care what she wear she make it look good.
  • batmanboy11 - August 31, 2010 1:04 a.m.

    Weird article...
  • Darth_Griffin - August 31, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    the hottest set of pixels ever put together, I must say
  • Strangleme - August 31, 2010 1:09 a.m.

    My brain is sending signals to my penis for it to go ahead with a full on erection!! Sweet, thanks Brett!!! Seriously though, great article.
  • Lurkero - August 31, 2010 1:09 a.m.

    I'm very glad that the Zero suit is the new standard. It's actually kind of shameful that Nintendo kept putting Samus in underwear and skimpy clothes.
  • iJizzLots - August 31, 2010 1:20 a.m.

    Wait...if the Zero suit can "summon" her suit, why the hell were you crawling around in it in one of the GBA games? Nintendo, I am confuse
  • Metroidhunter32 - August 31, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    The Zero Suit isn't bad, from any point of view. It's modest enough to not draw the wrath of the censors but sexy enough to make me rush through the game.
  • Thequestion 121 - August 31, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    Very nice history. I like the Zero Suit and the orange getup the best lol
  • n00b - August 31, 2010 1:40 a.m.

    i like the pajama style one.... i should probably do some fan-art
  • ClusterShart - August 31, 2010 2:09 a.m.

    Meh, I can still objectify pixels...
  • 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.
  • caleb-overlander - August 19, 2014 5:10 a.m.

    Ummmm, did you read the Article at all? Samus STARTED OUT with the super skimpy outfits, and is now on to less revealing cloths. And if your talking about how she was "weaker" in The Other M, most of the Metroid games I've played have made it seem that she got "stronger and more stable", as you put it, AFTER Adam died, which is the ending of The Other M.
  • oufour - August 31, 2010 2:23 a.m.

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

    Samus in her Zero Suit... probably has tons of guys wanting to pop her cherry
  • epicdominican91 - August 31, 2010 2:44 a.m.

    *Looks at first screen* *fapfapfapfapfapfap* reCAPTCHA: i was seriously given the fucking OMEGA SYMBOL!
  • gamewriter - August 31, 2010 2:51 a.m.

    OMG im in love with samus aran
  • mahabat - August 31, 2010 3:06 a.m.

    That zero mission one actually looks pretty good

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