Let’s talk about Samus. - Kirblog 4/12/14
So earlier this week, I tuned in to the Nintendo Direct all about Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS…and the day after, a controversy rose up all about Zero Suit Samus’ design, borrowed over from Metroid: Other M. My initial reaction wasn’t negative, due to my lack of history with the Metroid series, but also because my perception of Samus as a cool character wasn’t dictated by the way she looks…so the issue of Samus being a “sexualized” character never occurred to me until I read and listened to others’ thoughts on the matter. This is a long and in-depth one, but I’m very curious to hear people’s thoughts.
Has Samus technically ALWAYS been a sexualized character, to some extent? Is Nintendo’s choice to use this design of Zero Suit Samus truly that outrageous compared to how they usually portray her? Is it wrong for me to not have had the immediate negative reaction to the design as everyone else did, or is my view of the character’s personality fair to explain where I’m coming from? Most of all, does the gender of a character define how good of a character they are that much compared to everything else about them? I’m truly interested to hear your thoughts, so leave a comment below!
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I practically am the same way you are… except for the whole being bad at Metroid Prime part. The 3 prime games are basically in my top 3 of all time favorite games.