Transformation Tuesday: Samus Aran / by Benjamin Sawyer

Samus Aran or just Samus, has made multiple transformations since her first debut in Metroid in 1987 as a pixel sprite in an action-adventure game for the Family Computer Disk System and Nintendo Entertainment System. This game pushed the envelope in many ways.

First, Nintendo created this game as a non-linear adventure game, requiring the player to explore the game. This allowed the player to find permanent enhancements that, in other titles, were only temporary.  It was also popular for Speedrunning, which makes it a goal for the player to defeat the game in under a certain time. But perhaps the most notable reason that Metroid stands out is that the main character is also… wait for it… a GIRL named Samus! This was a complete shock that could not be seen unless you completed the original game in less than 5 hours.

Samus herself is an interesting character who is not overly feminine like seen in previous games at this time (Mario?). She is a shocking 6’3” and weighs about 198 pounds without her armor. Born on a mining planet designated K-2L, her home was raided by Space Pirates led by a man named Ridley when she was a child. During the raid her parents were killed and her planet destroyed. Samus was luckily found by a bird-like race called the Chozo who brought her to their home on Zebes where she was infused with Chozo DNA to give her resistance to foreign environments and trained as a warrior. She was then finally given the Power Suit by the Chozos. She joined the Galactic Federation Police but left to be a bounty hunter after she couldn’t get along with her commanding officer. Her missions are centered on destroying strange organisms known as Metroids that can be used as biological weapons.

The famous character design was done by none other than Hiroji Kiyotake, the original designer of Wario. Here are some of the transformations we have come to love of Samus. 

Samus in suit and out (Metroid, 1987)

Samus in suit and out (Metroid II, 1991)

(Metroid Fusion, 2002)

(Metroid Prime, 2002)

(Metroid Prime 2, 2004)

Zero Suit Debut (Metroid: Zero Mission, 

(Metroid Prime 3: Hunters, 2007)

A younger Samus (Metroid: Other M, 2010)

Samus in her many suits (Super Smash Bros. U, 2014)