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.
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.
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
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.
A list of the microgames Samus prominently appeared in include:
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.
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Super Smash Bros. series
In the Super Smash Bros. series, Samus is a heavy, slow character, but has many powerful attacks. Her strongest is her Charge Shot, but only when charged enough. In Melee, she added a Missile attack, which is a guided missile attack. Also, she is one of the few characters who has an attack which has the same name as an item, in this case, Screw Attack.
She has a special grabbing technique, her Grappling Beam, which allows her to grab characters standing further away. She is also one of the few characters who can wall jump.
Despite being very heavy, Samus falls at a very slow speed, which does make her vulnerable to vertical KOs.
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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.
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
Samus returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and her appearance has been updated to reflect her appearance in Metroid: Other M. 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.
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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.
Charge Shot is a special attack used by Samus Aran in the Super Smash Bros. series. It is Samus's normal B Button move. Once done, Samus will hold up her arm, which acts as a blaster, and she will start charging up an Energy Ball. Although the attack can be fired at any time, charging it up makes the attack more powerful. If it is charged up to its maximum, Samus will hold the energy in the blaster, and can walk around with the energy. Then, when the right opportunity arises, the player can press the B Button again to fire the attack. The attack was used in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Kirby can also use Charge Shot if he has copied Samus's abilities.
The Grapple Beam is Samus's grab move in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. This move can be used as a Tether Recovery like the Clawshot of Link. The attack, if the opponent is in mid-air, can be used to damage the player, and not actually grab them, as well.
Missile is one of Samus's moves in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is done by pressing the B Button and tilting the Control Stick to the side. Samus will then fire a Missile out of her arm cannon. The missile is actually a homing missile, and will home in on the opponent. If the control stick is tapped, Samus will fire a Super Missile, which moves straight forward, and cannot be guided, but is more powerful.
The Screw Attack is a move Samus can do in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is done by pressing B and moving the control stick up at the same time. This attack is the same attack a character does when he or she jumps with the Screw Attack item. However this attack can be done anytime by Samus, without needing the Screw Attack item. She jumps up into the air spinning. The force of the spin will push Samus upwards. Screw Attack acts as Samus's third jump. However, it is able to deal some damage to anyone who gets caught in the attack. It is fairly easy to use, and it can do quite a bit of damage, which makes it one of the most useful third jumps in the series. Samus will be put into a helpless state once the move ends.
Bomb is Samus' down special move in the Super Smash Bros. series. The name of this move is also shared with Link, Young Link, and Toon Link, but works in a different way. Samus will do a very small jump, and shifts into morph ball mode. She will then drop a futuristic bomb/mine in the air, which will proceed to drop and then explode. The attack can be used as a get-away when surrounded by opponents. Furthermore, if Samus is caught in the blast of one of her Bombs, she will not take damage, but will perform a small jump in the air that can be used to set up more Bomb drops. The attack is featured on Samus's Melee All-Star trophy.
Zero Laser is Samus Aran's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Once Samus collects a Smash Ball, she powers-up an incredibly powerful Charge Beam. When released, it severely injures any player caught in it and, like the Mario Finale, has a huge blast radius. Once the move stops, Samus's Power Suit falls off and she becomes Zero Suit Samus. In this state, she is less powerful and loses possession of her many abilities, but she makes up for it in speed and acrobatic skills. The armor that falls off can be picked up and thrown at other players. This move was first shown at the 2006 E3 trailer.
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