Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai just revealed a new playable costume for Samus that shows more skin than the Zero Suit. Perhaps to head off criticism, he emphasized that a female designer was involved:
Looking at the number of days we have left for development, it would be an impossible task to create this… That's what I told my staff. But thanks to the determination of her female designer, these Zero Suit outfits got completed in time. From the ending of Metroid: Zero Mission, here's Samus in shorts!
This is a screenshot from the 3DS version of the game:
The skimpy costumes are based on Metroid Fusion and Metroid Zero Mission:
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