Samus Aran

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This article is about Samus Aran in her Power Suit. For information about herself in her Zero Suit, see here.
Samus Aran
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Full Name Samus Aran
Species Human
First Appearance Metroid (1986, Metroid series)
Super Smash Bros. (1999, Super Smash Bros. series)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014)

“I'm resting up for Mother Brain.”
Samus Aran, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Samus Aran is the protagonist of the Metroid series and an intergalactic bounty hunter who occasionally makes crossover appearances with the Mario series. She was orphaned as a young girl through the combined efforts of Ridley and the Space Pirates and was adopted by the surviving members of the bird-like Chozo race. She was infused with Chozo blood and was given a Power Suit. After a brief stint as a member of the Galactic Federation, she then decided to become a bounty hunter and fight the Space Pirates, including Ridley. The series was created by Shigeru Miyamoto's mentor, Gunpei Yokoi.

History[edit]

Tetris[edit]

Samus playing the cello next to Link.
Samus as she appears in Tetris DS.

In the NES version of the game Tetris, Samus appears along with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Pit, and Link in a secret ending.

In Tetris DS Samus can be found on the title screen shooting Tetriminos. She is also seen on the top screen progressing through an area from Metroid on Level 12 of Marathon Mode.

Samus also has her own game mode called Catch. In this mode, a block floats up through a Metroid-style corridor. The other tetriminos must attach to it and form a square. The square then explodes, earning the Player points. Metroids also appear in this mode as enemies and must be avoided.

F-1 Race[edit]

Samus makes a guest appearance in the game, F-1 Race, alongside various other Nintendo All Stars (the other characters include Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Link, and Pit). In this appearance of her, she serves as a guest character cheering on for the player prior to the seventh course, as well as appearing in the ending credits to congratulate the player on their victory.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Samus Aran rests before a major battle.

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Samus travels to the Mushroom Kingdom to stay at the guest room of the royal castle. Apparently, Samus needs a place to rest before battling the evil Mother Brain. She also appears as a doll in a toybox in Booster Tower.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

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Super Smash Bros. Character
Samus
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Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Special Moves
Standard:  Charge Shot
Side:  Missile
Up:  Screw Attack
Down:  Bomb
Final Smash:  Zero Laser
Battle Entrance
Samus steps out of a Save Station.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Samus is a heavy, slow character, but has many powerful attacks. Despite being very heavy, however, Samus falls at a slow speed. Several of her moves make use of her arm cannon, while her special moves are all based on the equipment she obtains in the Metroid series.

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Samus in Super Smash Bros.
Main article: SmashWiki:Samus (SSB)

Samus is one of the default characters in the original Super Smash Bros.. Her appearance is based upon the Varia Suit as it appears in Super Metroid. In the game's single player mode, she is fought on the Planet Zebes stage.

Samus's neutral special move is the Charge Shot, which allows her to charge up a blast and fire it. Her up special move is the Screw Attack, in which she jumps up with an electric barrier around her to damage opponents. Her down special is the Bomb, in which she turns into the Morph Ball and drops a bomb. In addition, Samus uses the Grapple Beam as her grab move, which gives her a ranged grab.

One of Samus's alternate costumes is based upon the Gravity Suit; while the one officially noted as the Gravity Suit appears similar to the in-game sprite in Super Metroid, her purple costume resembles the suit in official artwork and subsequent games. In addition, while not based upon any aspect of the Metroid series, her green costume is referred to as "mass-produced Samus," a reference to the Gundam series.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Samus (SSBM)
Samus as she appears in Melee.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Samus is once again a default character. She is faced during the first portion of stage 4, which is set in Brinstar.

While Samus's moveset is unchanged from the previous game, she has been given a side special move, the Missile, in which she can fire either a homing missile or a Super Missile. The Grapple Beam has also been changed, allowing Samus to use it in midair and cling to walls to climb up them.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Samus's moveset is unchanged, though the Grapple Beam has once again been altered to act as a tether recovery. Her Final Smash, the Zero Laser, involves her firing a large beam of energy at opponents, though afterward the Power Suit falls apart, leaving Samus as Zero Suit Samus. Zero Suit Samus can regain the Power Suit by using her Final Smash, Power Suit Samus. The player can also instantly remove the Power Suit by quickly alternating Samus's up and down taunts.

One of Samus's new alternate costumes in this game is based upon the Fusion Suit from Metroid Fusion, while another is based upon the Dark Suit from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]
Samus's snapshot in The Subspace Emissary.

Samus begins the Subspace Emissary in her Zero Suit, infiltrating a sinister laboratory. After making her way through it, she encounters Pikachu trapped within a strange device that harnesses its electrical energy to provide power to the complex. Seeing that the device causes Pikachu pain, Samus breaks the machine. In thanks, Pikachu helps Samus continue through the lab. Eventually, the pair come across Samus's Power Suit within a tank. However, two clones of Samus, wearing the purple Gravity Suit, approach them, prompting Samus and Pikachu to battle. When they are defeated, an alarm begins to wail, and the R.O.B. Squad approaches. Samus regains her Power Suit and blasts her way through them, along with Pikachu.

As they attempt to escape the complex, however, Ridley strikes without warning, snatching up Samus and attacking her. Pikachu uses Thunder to free her, and the two face off against Ridley.

After escaping from the facility, Samus and Pikachu discover another Subspace Army base producing Subspace Bombs. The two infiltrate it, and after fighting their way through, discover the Ancient Minister in a room filled with Subspace Bombs. The allies prepare to battle, but the Ancient Minister does not seem to want to fight them. Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Captain Falcon, and Captain Olimar then break into the room, and all of them, including Samus, witness the Ancient Minister defy Ganondorf's commands. As a result, the R.O.B. Squad fires upon him, burning off his robe and revealing that he is a R.O.B., as well. It turns out that all of the R.O.B.s had beem forced to work with the Subspace Army, with the main R.O.B., the Master Robot, as their leader. The rest of the R.O.B.s activate all the Subspace Bombs in the room, forcing all of them to escape. As they rush to the exit aboard Captain Falcon's Falcon Flyer, Meta Ridley races after them. The group defeats the space dragon once more, and escapes just before R.O.B.s' island home is engulfed in Subspace.

They then meet up with Mario, Link, Kirby, Pit, Yoshi, the Ice Climbers, Marth, Ike, Lucas, the Pokémon Trainer, Meta Knight, Princess Peach, Princess Zelda, Lucario, Snake, Fox McCloud, Falco Lombardi, and Mr. Game & Watch. All of them witness a Subspace Gunship emerge from Subspace. Samus's ship is among the ones that attack it.

Samus, along with all the other characters except for King Dedede, Luigi, and Ness, is turned into a trophy by Tabuu. Her trophy is obtained by Dedede's team, and she subsequently joins everyone else in The Great Maze, where they eventually defeat Tabuu.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Samus returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[1], her appearance having been updated to reflect her appearance in Metroid: Other M.[2] Her moveset it mostly the same, except she no longer becomes Zero Suit Samus after using her Final Smash, as she is now a completely separate character. She receives two new alternate costumes, one based on the Light Suit from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and one based on Dark Samus, who also appears as an Assist Trophy.

WarioWare series[edit]

Samus also appears in the WarioWare games, where she appears in microgames modeled after levels from the Metroid games.

A list of the microgames Samus prominently appeared in include:

Nintendo Land[edit]

Samus appears in Nintendo Land in the attraction Metroid Blast, where she fights waves of robotic enemies either on foot or from the air (via her gunship). On foot, she can fire her Arm Cannon, enter into her Morph Ball form, and use the Grapple Beam. Charging up her Arm Cannon allows her to fire bombs. From the gunship, Samus can fire missiles.

Mario Kart 8[edit]

The Samus outfit for Miis.

Though Samus does not appear in Mario Kart 8, her amiibo is compatible with the game. Placing it on the Wii U GamePad while in the amiibo menu unlocks a Samus-themed outfit for players to equip upon Miis.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. bios[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: The greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy, Samus Aran fights with the super-human power of her hi-tech power suit.
  • In-game profile:' Samus Aran is the toughest bounty hunter in the galaxy. Using a special suit powered by the technology of the bird people which allows her to execute daring acrobatic feats, Samus pursues the airborne life form, Metroid, throughout the universe.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Instruction booklet bio[edit]

  • A space warrior with an arsenal of long-range projectile weapons.

Trophies[edit]

# Name Image First Game / Move Description
10 Samus Aran
(Classic)
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Metroid
08/89
This intergalactic bounty hunter's full name is Samus Aran. Clad in a Power Suit made by the Chozo race and infused with their enhanced blood, she cleared the planet Zebes of a Metroid infestation. Samus is an orphan, the sole survivor of a Space Pirate raid that destroyed an Earth colony named K-2L.
11 Samus Aran [Smash]
(Adventure)
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B: Charge Shot
Smash B: Missile
Samus has an abundance of projectile weapons, making her a long-distance attack specialist. The most powerful weapon in her arsenal is her Charge Shot, but be warned: it can be reflected. Her missiles have homing capabilities, but when fired as Smash Attacks, they fly on a straight trajectory and have boosted power.
12 Samus Aran [Smash]
(All-Star)
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Up & B: Screw Attack
Down & B: Bomb
While Samus's arsenal of missile weapons is indeed formidable, her enemies are in for a rude awakening if they guard against nothing else. Her Grappling Beam captures foes and latches on to walls, and the Screw Attack drags foes upwards in a series of spins that doubles as a recovery move. Samus can also use her Bombs to perform Bomb Jumps.
293 Samus Unmasked
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Metroid
8/89
It's said that the orphaned Samus Aran was raised by the few survivors of the Chozo race. They armed her with a Power Suit and taught her the ways of advanced combat; even burdened with her heavy suit, Samus is as graceful as a butterfly. In the Metroid series, it was standard that Samus would remove her helmet and armor if you cleared the game fast enough.
NOTICE: The Samus Unmasked trophy cannot actually be obtained in copies of the game without a cheating device. It was only available in a promotional event at Toys 'R' Us in Japan.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Bios[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: The galaxy's greatest bounty hunter, her variety of long-distance weapons make her lethal.
  • Website: Her name is Samus Aran. She joins us from the Metroid games. Look at her Power Suit shine!
Her arm cannon is equipped with a variety of weapons. Mastering all of them is the first step toward victory.

Trophies[edit]

# Name Image Appearance(s) Description
7 Samus Aran
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NES Metroid
SNES Super Metroid
The intergalactic bounty hunter named Samus Aran. Orphaned at an early age, she was taken in and raised by the alien race known as the Chozo. The Power Suit she wears is a product of their technology. Her unique combat skills combined with her athleticism and Arm Cannon have seen her through countless missions.
372 Samus
(Fusion Suit)
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GBA Metroid Fusion During exploration of SR388, Samus is infected by an X parasite and nearly dies. A vaccine created from Metroid cells saves her, but her suit turns blue and loses most of its abilities and weapons. This new Samus must regather her special abilities and fight to neutralize the threat of the X parasites in the space station run by Biologic Space Laboratories.
373 Samus
(Power Suit)
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NES Metroid
GCN Metroid Prime
Samus in the basic version of the legendary Power Suit, made for her by the Chozo race. Samus is most often seen at the beginning of each game in this suit. The normal Power Suit has the lowest level of protective power and features no additional functions. She can use the cannon on her right arm for power shots and build up her arsenal through item pickups.
374 Samus
(Varia Suit)
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SNES Super Metroid
GCN Metroid Prime
A suit with a higher level of protection than the Power Suit. It eliminates damage caused by very hot or cold areas. It is also more resilient to enemy attacks than the Power Suit and greatly differs in shoulder design. Recent visual depictions of Samus often show her wearing the Varia Suit.
375 Samus
(Gravity Suit)
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SNES Super Metroid
GCN Metroid Prime
A Power Suit that provides even more damage protection than the Varia Suit. This Gravity Suit also allows Samus to move without water resistance when underwater. In most games in the series, this suit also blocks lava damage and friction. In addition, it allows Samus to use item bonuses like the High Jump, Space Jump, and Speed Booster, even when underwater or in lava.
376 Samus
(Dark Suit)
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GCN Metroid Prime 2: Echoes A Power Suit that reduces damage taken from the atmosphere of Dark Aether. It is obtained after defeating Amorbis in the Dark Torvus Temple. With its increased protection, it greatly widens the range of exploration available in the toxic atmosphere. This suit was developed by the Luminoth, the native race of Aether.

Stickers[edit]

Image Game Effect
Samus Fusion Sticker.jpg Metroid Fusion [Electric] - Resistance +16
Usable by: Samus, Zero Suit Samus
Samus Echoes Sticker.jpg Metroid Prime 2: Echoes [Explosive] - Attack +18
Samus Metroid Sticker.png Metroid [Specials: Indirect] - Attack +15
Usable by: Samus, Zero Suit Samus

Snake's codec[edit]

  • Snake: Hey, Otacon. I got a woman here in a Power Suit...
  • Otacon: Huh? How'd you know she was a woman? Yeah, that'd be Samus Aran, the most renowned bounty hunter in the galaxy. Her Arm Cannon packs quite a wallop. If you get hit with a charged shot from that thing, you can kiss your butt good-bye.
  • Snake: Sounds like my kind of woman...
  • Otacon: Yeah, well, just don't get too close, Snake. Samus is deadly. After Space Pirates killed her parents, she was raised by the Chozo and trained in the fighting arts. She's been places and seen things that you and me can't even begin to imagine.
  • Snake: But underneath that cold, metal exterior beats the heart of a woman...

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Name Image Appears in
(Wii U version only)
Description
Samus SamusTrophy3DS1.png N/A Samus Aran has fought her way across a variety of planets in the Metroid series. She wears a Power Suit designed by the Chozo, giving her incredible versatility in a fight. She can wade in, but she favors beams and missiles. A fully charged Charge Shot packs a serious punch!
NES Metroid (08/1987)
SNES Super Metroid (04/1994)
Samus Aran is known for her numerous battles across alien planets in the Metroid series. She wears a Power Suit designed by the Chozo, giving her incredible versatility in a fight. She can wade in with kicks and punches, but she favors beams and missiles. A fully charged Charge Shot packs a serious punch!
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(3DS)
N/A Samus protects herself from overhead enemies with her up smash, Cover Fire, which can land multiple hits on anyone it connects with. Samus also fires a homing missile by holding sideways and pressing the special-attack button or launches a Super Missile by quickly tapping sideways instead.

(Wii U)
NES Metroid (08/1987)
SNES Super Metroid (04/1994)
Samus (Varia Suit) VariaSuitTrophy3DS.png N/A When most people think of Samus, they think of her wearing the Varia Suit. It not only grants her power far beyond her own physical strength but also can unleash a deadly array of beams from the Arm Cannon. And, in a feature quite unique to the Metroid series, it lets her morph into a ball instead of having to crawl!
Samus (Gravity Suit) SamusGravityTrophy3DS.png N/A Power Suits aren't known for being good in water, so if you're the aquatic type, what you need is a Gravity Suit. This stylish, glowing suit upgrade not only completely nullifies fluid resistance – making moving underwater a breeze – but also reduces damage and improves your underwater vision. What more could you ask for?
Morph Ball NES Metroid (08/1987)
SNES Super Metroid (04/1994)
One of the numerous modules integrated into Samus's Power Suit. This one allows her to transform into a compact mobile sphere and explore tight spaces. In the very first Metroid game, it was known as the Maru Mari, which is just Japanese for "roll up," but it was later changed to the much-cooler-sounding Morph Ball.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Viridi: Oh, look. There's Metroid.
  • Pit: That's not a Metroid! That's Samus!
  • Palutena: Just like Link isn't named Zelda.
  • Viridi: And like Pit's name isn't Icarus!
  • Pit: OK, this joke has officially run its course.
  • Palutena: Moving on, then. Pit, you can reflect Samus's Charge Shot with your Guardian Orbitars. However, Samus can throw a storm of shots at you. If you use your Orbitars too often, she'll know what you're up to. So try to reflect strategically, as opposed to your...usual game plan.

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サムス・アラン
Samusu Aran
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Korean 사무스 아란
Samuseu Aran
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Trivia[edit]

  • A doll of Samus is owned by the maniacal Booster. He keeps the Samus Doll in his toy box on the top floor of Booster Tower.
    • Another Samus doll is featured in the second Mario Vs. Wario comic story in Nintendo Power. Mario and Wario compete to present this doll to Peach for her birthday, only to find out at the end that Luigi bought it first.
  • Samus was originally going to appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, where she would try a sample of coffee at the Starbeans Café. She was replaced with Professor E. Gadd.[3]
  • Samus also appears in Nintendo Monopoly. Here, she costs $200 and takes the role of New York Avenue.
  • In the Super Smash Bros. artwork, Samus is depicted with her Arm Cannon on her left arm instead of on her right arm as in her other appearances.
  • Though she does not yet have her own game on the Nintendo 3DS, Samus appears with other Nintendo characters as one of five Character Cards used with the Augmented Reality Games software.

References[edit]

  1. ^ YouTube - Nintendo Direct @ E3 2013
  2. ^ YouTube - Wii U & Nintendo 3DS Developer Direct - Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U @E3 2013
  3. ^ The Mushroom Kingdom (Accessed on 9-16-08)