Zero Suit Samus Stuns The Crowd!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.
But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Zero Suit Samus.
Who Are They?
The big twist in the original Metroid is that main character Samus Aran isn’t a robot or a man but actually a very powerful woman. It’s so tough to tell when she’s wearing that bulky armor. However, when she’s wearing something more revealing, like the Zero Suit, her femininity is much more obvious. Previously limited to fan service artwork for good completion times, modern Metroid games let you actually play as Zero Suit Samus for tense, underpowered stealth sections.
In the first trailer for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Samus fired a powerful laser to showcase both the new Final Smash mechanic as well as the new character the impact blast caused her to morph into. Her armor pieces shed off, she pulled out a plasma whip, and out emerged Zero Suit Samus. Later Smash games took out the transformation mechanic though and just let you play as either incarnation of Samus from the start.
What Looks New in Ultimate?
Whereas losing her armor makes Samus less powerful in her own games, Zero Suit Samus is by far a better character in Smash, especially with the jump boots she got in Smash Wii U/3DS. In fact, Ultimate mostly weakens her, particularly the potency of his paralyzing blaster attacks.
It’s getting a little creepy how much Zero Suit Samus content is out there these days. A big part of the appeal of Samus is how she’s strong and not sexualized, until she literally started taking her clothes off. In Ultimate we appreciate her more realistic body proportions. But we hope the game in general eases up on the cheesecake, except for Bayonetta.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.