Super Smash Bros. Screenshots: Can You Spot Samus?

By Ishaan . September 16, 2013 . 8:45am

The latest set of Super Smash Bros. screenshots from the game’s main website feature another look at Princess Peach as well as a Pilotwings-themed stage. Also featured is another look at the Pyrosphere stage from Metroid: Other M. Can you spot Samus?



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  • Go2hell66


    Samus is in her morph ball near the ledge, my 20/20 vision has never failed me

    • Virevolte

      Wow, you’re good. Even with your statement, it took me a while.
      (But yeah, my eyes are real bad.)

    • fairysun

      When someone asked me to look for Samus, I always look for this Samus … XD and I could not find her in that picture.

  • Scarletmoonwish

    The screenshot of princess peach throwing her tiara reminds me of sailor moon.

    • Have you ever played Sailor Moon R? Great game.

      • TomSkylark

        Is that the beat ’em up?

      • Scarletmoonwish

        Terrific game then again I played it in my sophomore year in HS, on my economics class computer and the game was all in Japanese. Still fun though :)

        • InfectedAI

          Pretty sure there’s a fully translated patch out now. Gotta love romhackers translating all the games Japan didn’t.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      DLC costume :3?

    • Nana

      That’s what I thought right away. Go Peach Moon!

  • Oh no, no Nintendo. You’re supposed to be trying to forget that Other M ever happened. Did you not get the memo?

    • Oh, please.

      • Brimfyre

        I’m glad we are in that point in the Internet cycle where people are saying, “Other M is actually a good game.” And those voices are louder than the trolls who tried to (and pretty successfully) destroyed it.

        Maybe there is hope for another Metroid game on the horizon.

        • Tom_Phoenix

          It’s not the trolls who destroyed it. It was the disinterest of the majority of consumers that did that. Whether or not one vocal minority is louder than the other ultimately does nothing to change that fact.

          • Brimfyre

            How can there be two vocal minorities?

          • Tom_Phoenix

            I don’t see why there can’t be more than one minority; it’s not like every topic strictly has two sides. In this particular case, the people who love Other M and the people who hate Other M each represent a vocal minority. The rest were completely indifferent towards the game.

            ….Which, in many ways, is worse than hating it. If people are complaining, that means that they still care. It’s when a lot of them stop caring that you know that a series is in deep trouble.

        • Other M is just as much a victim of the Internet being the Internet as it is of the flaws that kept it from being an amazing game, as opposed to merely a “good” game. It’s unfortunate. I just hope it doesn’t frighten them away from doing another game in that style, because honestly, that third-person, fast-paced action is exactly the direction I’d like to see Metroid go in.

        • InfectedAI

          Disliking the game doesn’t make someone a troll. I can definitely see why many people disliked it so much.

          • Brimfyre

            All the “sexism” accusations were trolling. I don’t care what anyone says. It was looking too much into too little and assigning false meaning in order to justify their attempts to bring the game down.

          • yomachaser

            So the scene where powerful badass Samus get held down by an alien and with OBVIOUS phallic symbolism rapes her to death if you don’t dodge enough times was false meaning? Okay.

          • Brimfyre

            Trust me. That says WAY more about you, than it does Other M.

          • yomachaser

            I think you purposely ignoring loads of stuff the terrible story very obviously heaps on to keep enjoying the admittedly good gameplay.

          • Dude, no. I’m usually the first person to laugh at internet culture warriors descending on the latest media product that fails to pass their political correctness metric, but in the case of Other M, those people are completely right. The game is insanely sexist.

        • yomachaser

          Is this a sick joke? Other M shreds Samus’ and makes her a desperate to please her man imbecile.

          Could you enlighten me as to what you consider the good bits?

          • Brimfyre

            Other M was one of the first victims of the “armchair feminist” movement in modern gaming, in which people look for meaning or subtext that isn’t there and try to apply false meaning to it.

            Samus not being able to use her abilities from the beginning was a gameplay decision, so she wasn’t overpowered from the start. It wasn’t a statement on how women should be subservient to men. It wasn’t even implied as such. She was just showing respect to a former captain.

            Her freaking out of Ridley, wasn’t her being a weak woman, it was a failed attempt to try and make Ridley still seem like a threat. It’s like how the Doctor in Dr. Who still goes nuts when he sees a Dalek even though he’s killed them a half a billion times.

            Both of the examples completely failed, and the voice acting was some of the worst I’ve ever seen in a game. But none of the problems came from some deep harbored misogyny from the development staff. You really need to grow up if you even think that for a second.

            BUT the actual game is fun. Nintendo would do well to take the criticism under advisement and rerelease as an HD remake with some of the story problems fixed.

          • Please explain away the fact that when Sakamoto thought about fleshing out Samus’s character, the first things he reached for were 1) talking/crying/freaking out about her feelings (just like a woman amirite?), 2) motherhood urges (so prominently featured they’re right there in the game’s title) (single chicks get those all the time amirite?), 3) prettying her up (“beauty mark” + boobjob) (womens gotta be good to look at amirite?) and 4) pining over a dominating father figure (who SHOOTS HER IN THE BACK because he cares so much) (bitches always need their big daddy, amirite?).

          • Brimfyre

            Listen I’m not going to defend the writing or the acting because they were both abysmal, but 1) is only guilty of melodrama. 2) was mostly them trying to convey feelings of guilt that Samus felt over the baby Metroid. Also I hate to tell you but most women do have a material side.


            I’m not going to be so ignorant and say all women have it, when clearly they don’t, but there is at least some scientific proof that suggests there is. So lets not pretend it’s a huge stretch of the imagination that Samus felt some sympathy for a Metroid she watched hatch, cling to her like a child, which she coldly handed over to scientists, then it sacrificed itself to save her.

            3) I’m guess Team Ninja might be more to blame here as they were in charge of the artistic direction. If not, her boobs are actually smaller than in previous games, if that helps you get over your pretend rage a little.

            4) just bad writing. They wanted you to feel something for Adam when he died. No one did. Also who cares?

            So I just indulged your flame bait. Go me.

          • I think you’re engaging in very selective reasoning here and failing (or refusing) to see the big picture. These (poor) artistic decisions were not made ina vacuum, just as the artwork itself (that is, the game) does not exist in a vacuum. All this stuff exists within a wider cultural context. If you hold up a magnifying glass to these decisions and examine them atomistically, sure, I guess you can convince yourself that they are isolated entities that don’t add up to anything greater than the sum of their parts. But if you sit back and look at them from a wider perspective, you see a bigger picture start to form. That is to say, all of these elements in tandem create a pretty damning picture of an artistic perspective loaded with sexist stereotypes.

            Okay, maybe I’m being too abstract here. Let’s take the “morherhood urges” point. Is that a real thing that real women can experience? Yes. But, for one thing, the game approaches the subject in a ragingly stereotypical and implausible manner that does not exactly suggest any kind of nuanced understanding of femininity on Sakamoto’s part so much as quick trip to the cultural grab bag of overwrought female stereotypes. (And you should know a thing or two about well-written female characters, because Hideaki Anno can actually do it worth a damn.)

            Having Samus’s character be completely, unsubtly and obsessively defined by overbearing and excessively emotional motherhood impulses is not giving her a feminine side that reconciles with her existing personality, it’s derailing her established personality to hammer home a sexist cliche (that women are ALWAYS thinking about motherhood/babies). (If you want to see a good example of a Strong Female Character (c) experiencing maternal feelings in a subtle and non-patronizing way, go watch the Ghost in the Shell: SAC episode “RED DATA”.)

            I ain’t raging at all, I’m just saying that the game is fucking stupid and lazy, and one aspect of its stupidity and laziness is bargain-bin sexism.

          • Brimfyre

            Again, yes he fails in every regard in therms of story and characterization.

            I’m saying people are being too liberal with the term “sexist” and you are looking WAY too deep into this game, grasping at straws and using it to define a man’s personality by what is presented in a science fiction video game.

            You are taking what you want to see and using it to justify your outlandish claims.

            And all this is besides the point that the actual game part of Other M is good. My original point is that all this fake sexism BS, and it is fake, has turned it into a Scarlett Letter around a decent games neck because some people love claiming that people are sexist based on the fiction they create.

            It’s absurd and ridiculous. Oh wait. It’s the Internet.

          • I’m not saying anything about Sakamoto as an individual. I know nothing about him. There is a difference between saying “this artwork exhibits these (sexist) values” and “this artist is A Sexist”.

            Artworks express values, regardless of whether it was the artist’s conscious intent for them to do so, and in this regard a science fiction video game is no different than a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

            Also, there are varying degrees of sexism. Like, you can say racist things without being A Racist out to join the KKK.

            You seem to be assuming that I went into the game with a political axe to grind, because – I guess – there’s just NO WAY that I could have come to the conclusion that it was sexist all on my own. And this assumption about me is based on… what, exactly? Kinda seems like you’re just stereotyping me into some strawman “feminist” who you don’t like rather than taking my arguments on their own merits.

            And as I wrote in a previous comment, I thought the game aspect of Other M was crap too. We can debate that if you like.

          • Brimfyre

            I’m just saying you saw what you wanted to see, and are trying to justify it. There is nothing sexist about Other M.

            The game itself is good and I’ll stand by that as well. Does it hold a candle to other Metroid games? No. But it is a completely different type of game that tried a lot of new things, and was fun. Which is all a game needs to be. Of course I want an actual traditional Metroid game, but I won’t fault them for trying to be ambitious and actually coming up with something unique and fresh.

          • Uh, I sure didn’t want Other M to be sexist. I didn’t want it to be a bad game either, but it sure was, which is too bad because the sexism might not have bothered me so much if the game was good enough. It was an experiment, and while I kind of want to congratulate Sakamoto for being willing to experiment, the experiment turned out to be horribly ill-conceived on nearly every level.

            Also your core argument that there’s “nothing sexist” about Other M seems to be “don’t think so hard about it”. That’s… not a terribly convincing argument.

          • Brimfyre

            Nah. I said you are OVER thinking it. There is a difference.

          • Enlighten me.

          • Brimfyre

            You really have to have the last word don’t you? It’s over. We would just be going around in circles.

            For fun though, last night I reread our entire conversation and made a drinking game out of how many times the word “sexist” came up. I passed out drunk.

            Good times.

          • Of course, video games can’t be sexist, how silly of me to suggest otherwise

            Now I see the truth, thank you for explaining it to me

          • Brimfyre


        • I bought the game and played it all the way through, just to see if it was really as bad as people said. I can tell you, then, with full qualifications, that it totally is that bad, and then some. Other M is quite possibly the worst game I’ve ever played with the Nintendo branding. As a platformer action-adventure game, it’s mediocre. But the maddeningly counterintuitive pixel-hunt segments, butt-ugly graphical style, physically painful control scheme and, yes, the godawful and unforgivably intrusive story segments collectively elevate it to a truly special state of awfulness.

        • Nana

          I see trolls, yea – that’s the people defending OtherM.

          Thankfully, most sane people still consider it bad, because as a game, it is simply and objectively bad, with few redeeming features.

          The story is absolutely terrible even without the sexism (sexism so blatant that even dudebros spotted it – even blind people can see it).

          For example, did you notice that the character you play as never actually contributes anything? Yup – if she wasn’t there, the plot would not be affected in any way. Noticed entirely discarded subplots (the DELETER – a term that, in itself, shows massive issues)? Noticed the constant narration?

          DId you notice that on a gameplay level, it shed everything that made Metroid good? Exploration is entirely gone, instead we get Dragon Age II/FF13-style corridors. And the combat is just awful – firing missiles and invincibility frames being the biggest offenders. Even if you completely ignore the story, and ignore that it’s a Metroid game, the gameplay alone would make this a bad game. Without the brand, it’d be a bargain bin trash game.

          It is, definitely and without a doubt, the worst Nintendo-brand game. Bar none. That’s not trolling, that’s just a fact.

          And that’s why there is so little hope for a sequel. Even people that didn’t care for the sexism issue still didn’t care for the game. There’s nothing there to care for. It’s just a bad game.

          Thankfully, we’re at that point in the internet cycle where this is acknowledged by all except the most die-hard fanbois :)

  • what is luigi looking at?

    • SDDMN

      I’m more concerned about what Peach sees behind Luigi. Poor girl looks terrified.

    • Chaos_Knight

      He wants to feel Peach’s ass.

  • I assume the stage Samus is in will be stage hazard.

  • Shadowman

    Samus is at the ledge of the arena morph in her ball form.

  • Bobby Jennings

    Whoa, it took me a few seconds to catch her in the Morph Ball

  • Guest

    I love how colorful everything looks! :D
    Brawl now looks dusky in comparison.

  • grevlinghore

    She be morpballin hard.

  • Göran Isacson

    Did Peach use her crown in previous games and I just forgot= I think that’s pretty cool though. Peach isn’t even going “hold my crown baby” to Mario, she’s slapping suckers WITH the damn thing. Rock it gurl.

    • Akemi Homura

      Yep, it’s been for forward air since the very beginning, I believe. If not, it was in Brawl for sure, at least. It’s part of the reason I enjoy playing as Peach LOL something about slapping suckers in the face with a crown is just so fun.

  • AkiraScare

    took me .000000001 seconds to spot her in her morphball next to d left ledge (^_^)

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