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How Did Metroid's Samus Aran Become A Female Character?

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Samus Aran is one of gaming's iconic female characters. She wasn't always a female, though. Metroid co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto explains:

When we were almost done with the development of Metroid, one of our staffers casually suggested, ‘Why don't we make Samus Aran a female character to surprise the player?' Back then I thought it was a nice idea, but I couldn't foresee what a huge impact this would have on the future of the franchise.

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And what an impact it has had! When I was 8 or 9 years old, I remember being totally floored by the game's big reveal. In an age when games had players save princesses, Metroid stood out.

Sakamoto and co. distilled the flick Alien into a groundbreaking video game.

The Origins of Metroid [IGN via Tiny Cartridge] [Pic]

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rawrnosaurous-old
Rawrnosaurous

Maybe it's just me, but the fact that the character you were playing as was a female shouldn't floor anyone.

I mean the fact that the suggestion was made to surprise the player is more interesting than the fact that they chose a woman.