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Samus Varia Other M

Samus Aran in her Varia Suit as she appears in Metroid: Other M.

Metroid is a sci-fi video game series by Nintendo starring Samus Aran, a space bounty hunter that's revealed to be a woman only in the first game's ending, if beaten under 5 hours of gameplay.

The name of the series comes from the Metroids, the alien beings Samus fights in most games.

Video games

15 video games have been released in the series, including 2 remakes and a compilation. The timeline of the story is not linear through the games, with only the first three games and the three Metroid Prime episodes being linear sequels:

  • Metroid (August 1986), Famicom/NES. Re-released in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance, in 2007 for Wii Virtual Console, in 2011 for 3DS Virtual Console and in 2013 for Wii U Virtual Console. Also enclosed in the NES Classic Edition.
  • Metroid II: Return of Samus (August 26, 1991), Game Boy. Re-released in 2011 for Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.
  • Super Metroid (March 19, 1994), Super Famicom/SNES. Re-released in 2007 for Wii Virtual Console, in 2013 for Wii U Virtual Console and in 2016 for New 3DS Virtual Console.
  • Metroid Prime (November 17, 2002), GameCube. Starts the Metroid Prime sub-series, that takes place between Metroid and Metroid II. Re-released in 2009 for the Wii as part of the New-Play Control! series.
  • Metroid Fusion (November 18, 2002), Game Boy Advance. Featuring a semi-infested Samus, it takes place many years after Super Metroid, being the last episode in the timeline. Re-released in 2011 in limited edition for 3DS Virtual Console and in 2013 for Wii U Virtual Console.
  • Metroid: Zero Mission (February 9, 2004), Game Boy Advance. A remake of Metroid, re-released in 2014 for Wii U Virtual Console.
  • Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (November 15, 2004), GameCube. Re-released in 2009 for the Wii as part of the New-Play Control! series.
  • Metroid Prime Pinball (October 24, 2005), Nintendo DS. A pinball game that retells the events of Metroid Prime.
  • Metroid Prime Hunters (March 20, 2006), Nintendo DS. Taking place between Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2.
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (August 27, 2007), Wii.
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy (August 24, 2009), Wii. A compilation of the Wii versions of the three main Metroid Prime games. Re-released for Wii U as a digital download in 2015.
  • Metroid: Other M (August 31, 2010), Wii. Taking place between Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion.
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force (August 19, 2016), Nintendo 3DS. A game starring Federation Marines rather than Samus Aran and taking place some time after Metroid Prime 3. It includes a minigame called Metroid Prime: Blast Ball, also released as a stand-alone demo.
  • Metroid: Samus Returns (September 15, 2017), Nintendo 3DS. A remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus. A series of two Amiibo was also released with the game: Samus Aran and Metroid.
  • Metroid Prime 4 (TBA), Nintendo Switch.


  • Metroid (1986), a 195 page Manga/Strategy Guide, released only in Japan.
  • Metroid (July 1990), published on issue 6 of Nintendo Comics System.
  • Super Metroid (August 1994), a humorous parody of the game in 4-koma format published on Shounen Oh Game Comic issue 1.
  • Super Metroid (February-May 1994), published in volumes 57 to 61 of the Nintendo Power magazine.
  • Metroid (2002), a two volumes manga that explores Samus' childhood.
  • Samus and Joey (2002-2004), an original manga taking place some time after Metroid. It also includes an eight-page manga based on Metroid Fusion, titled Metroid Fusion Special Edition: Rebirth of Samus.
  • Metroid Prime (January–March 2003), published in volumes 164 to 166 of Nintendo Power.
  • Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether (July 2005-January 2006) a manga based on Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.


  • Super Metroid – Sound in Action (June 22, 1994), features music tracks from Metroid and Super Metroid.
  • Metroid Prime & Fusion Original Soundtracks (June 18, 2003), a two-CD set with each disk containing the soundtrack of one of the games.

Links to other series

Direction Series Date Description Type

4Arrow L Zelda1986 1986Samus plays The Legend of Zelda in the 1986 Metroid manga. Metroid Prime 3 also features a reference to the series.

5Arrow R Famiken Ryu1986 1986The world from Metroid appears in Volume 4 of Famiken Ryu.1

5Arrow R Blaster Master19880617 June 17, 1988Blaster Master features enemies that look like Metroids.3

5Arrow R Nintendo Wars19880812 August 12, 1988A character resembling Samus makes a cameo in Famicom Wars.3

5Arrow R Captain N19890909 September 09, 1989Mother Brain is the main villain in the Captain N TV show, while Samus appears in the comic.1

5Arrow R Tetris198911 November 1989Samus makes an appearance in Tetris for NES; Metroids appear as obstacles in Tetris DS.

5Arrow R F-1 Race19901109 November 09, 1990Samus makes a cameo in the game boy version of F-1 Race.

5Arrow R The Wizard19891215 December 15, 1989In a scene in The Wizard, the main character Jimmy is seen playing Metroid.2

4Arrow L Alien19910826 August 26, 1991Some games in the Metroid series have plot elements similar to the Alien movies.3


Arrow L & R

Wario199401 January 1994In a Mario VS Wario comic there's a Samus Doll; Various microgames in the WarioWare series are based on Metroid games and Wario can draw a sketch of a Metroid in WarioWare Gold by scanning the respective amiibo; Metroid Prime 3: Corruption features an unlockable sticker based on WarioWare: Smooth Moves.

5Arrow R Galactic Pinball19950721 July 21, 1995Various elements from the Metroid series are featured in the "Cosmic" table of Galactic Pinball.1


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Mario19960309 March 09, 1996Samus Aran has a cameo in Super Mario RPG; UNDIRECT: A challenge for Metroid within NES Remix 2 features elements from Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels and Super Mario Bros. 3.

5Arrow R Kirby19960321 March 21, 1996The Screw Attack ball is an obtainable item in Kirby Super Star, while Metroids and Samus appear in Kirby's Dream Land 3.1

5Arrow R F-Zero19980714 July 14, 1998Jody Summer from F-Zero X is based on Samus from Metroid.3

5Arrow R Super Smash Bros.19990121 January 21, 1999Samus and places from the Metroid series are featured in all Super Smash Bros. games.

5Arrow R N-Gang200006 June 2000Samus from Metroid appears in the N-Gang episode "Die Hexe lacht um Mitternacht".1

4Arrow L X (Nintendo)2002 2002The Federation Army Special Ops Battleship VIXIV IV from the 2002 Metroid manga and the Galactic Federation Battleship VIXIV take their name from the VIXIV spaceship in X.3

5Arrow R Castlevania20020606 June 06, 2002Skulls similar to Crocomire's from Super Metroid can be seen in Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance.3

5Arrow R Animal Crossing200301 January 2003Elements from the Metroid series appear in many Animal Crossing games as clothes and furnitures.

5Arrow R Dragon Ball20030617 June 17, 2003The box for Super Metroid can be seen in Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II.

5Arrow R 1080°20031128 November 28, 2003In 1080° Avalanche there are references to the Metroid series in the game's high scores.3

5Arrow R Custom Robo20040304 March 04, 2004Custom Robo: Battle Revolution features a reference to the Metroid series.2

5Arrow R Scott Pilgrim20040818 August 18, 2004Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life features a reference to Metroid.2

5Arrow R House20041130 November 30, 2004In the episode "Occam's Razor", Dr. House can be seen playing Metroid: Zero Mission.2

5Arrow R Geist20050815 August 15, 2005Samus' helmet can be found in Geist.2

5Arrow R Supernatural (Warner Bros.)20050920 September 20, 2005In the Supernatural episode "Wendigo", two characters are seen playing Metroid on the Nintendo DS.2

5Arrow R Marvel: Ultimate Alliance20061114 November 14, 2006Samus was supposed to appear in the Wii version of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.

5Arrow R Picross20070125 January 25, 2007Picross DS includes an image of Samus from Metroid.2

5Arrow R Aoi Sekai no Chushin de20070730 July 30, 2007Saroid in Aoi Sekai no Chushin de is based on Samus from Metroid.3

4Arrow L Excite20070827 August 27, 2007Metroid Prime 3: Corruption features an unlockable sticker based on Excite Truck.2

4Arrow L Wii games20070827 August 27, 2007Metroid Prime 3: Corruption features unlockable stickers based on Wii Sports and Wii Play.2

5Arrow R Daigasso! Band Brothers20080626 June 26, 2008The "Brinstar" theme from Metroid is a downloadable song in the European version of Jam with the Band.2

5Arrow R Fatal Frame20080731 July 31, 2008Samus' Zero Suit is unlockable in Project Zero 4.2

5Arrow R Code Monkeys20080802 August 02, 2008The Code Monkeys episode "Valley of the Silicon Dolls" features a reference to Metroid.3

5Arrow R Phantasy Star20081225 December 25, 2008Samus' Arm Cannon is an unlockable weapon in Phantasy Star 0.1

5Arrow R Shadow Complex20090819 August 19, 2009Shadow Complex features various gameplay elements from Super Metroid.3

5Arrow R Cave Story20100322 March 22, 2010Cave Story features enemies similar to Metroids.3

5Arrow R Singularity20100625 June 25, 2010Singularity features references to the Metroid series.3

5Arrow R Starcraft20100727 July 27, 2010StarCraft II features a cameo by a creature resembling a Metroid.3

4Arrow L Ninja Gaiden20100831 August 31, 2010Metroid: Other M features an unused stage models in from Ninja Gaiden II.51

5Arrow R Donkey Kong20101121 November 21, 2010Creatures from the Metroid series appear in the background in Donkey Kong Country Returns, along with other references to the series, while Samus' Gunship and a Metroid appear in Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze.

5Arrow R Bloodline Champions20110113 January 13, 2011Metal Wardens in Bloodline Champions have many abilities similar to Samus from Metroid.3

5Arrow R Catherine20110217 February 17, 2011The video game Catherine features a character nemed Justin Bailey.3

5Arrow R AR Games20110226 February 26, 2011The Star Pics AR game uses a Samus card, and there also are Metroid refereneces in Graffiti.2

5Arrow R Mii Plaza20110226 February 26, 2011Mii Plaza features unlockable hats based on Metroid and includes a Puzzle Swap puzzle based on Metroid: Other M.2

5Arrow R Nintendogs20110226 February 26, 2011Samus' helmet is featured in Nintendogs + Cats.2

5Arrow R Dead or Alive20110519 May 19, 2011Dead or Alive: Dimensions features a stage based on Metroid: Other M which also features the appearances of Samus and Ridley.1

5Arrow R Pushmo20111005 October 05, 2011Pushmo features a level based on a sprite from Metroid.

5Arrow R Kiki Trick20120119 January 19, 2012Kiki Trick features a scene from Super Metroid in a minigame.

5Arrow R Kid Icarus20120322 March 22, 2012The Komayto enemies in the Kid Icarus series are based on metroids; Kid Icaurus: Uprising features a direct reference to the Metroid series.2

5Arrow R Warriors (Koei)20120426 April 26, 2012Dynasty Warriors Vs features a Zero Suit Samus costume.

5Arrow R Nintendo Land20121118 November 18, 2012Nintendo Land features a minigame based on the Metroid series.2

5Arrow R Tekken20121118 November 18, 2012Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition features a Zero Suit Samus outfit for the characters.

5Arrow R Teslagrad20131213 December 13, 2013Elements looking respectively like a Chozo Statue and Samus's helmet from Metroid appear in Teslagrad.3

5Arrow R Strider20140218 February 18, 2014In one of the areas in the 2014 Strider there's a large brain in a containment tube shaped like the one holding Mother Brain from Metroid.3

5Arrow R NES Remix20140424 April 24, 2014NES Remix 2 includes challenges based on Metroid.2

5Arrow R Bayonetta20140920 September 20, 2014The Wii U version of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 features the Power Suit from Metroid as a costume, also including the Arm Cannon and Morph Ball functionality.1

5Arrow R Monster Hunter20141011 October 11, 2014Monster Hunter 4G/Ultimate features the Varia Suit and Zero Suit costumes from Metroid, along with the Arm Cannon weapon.1

5Arrow R Dungeon of the Endless20141027 October 27, 2014Dungeon of the Endless features a character called Sara Numas, a parody of Samus from Metroid.3

5Arrow R Nintendo Badge Arcade20141217 December 17, 2014Nintendo Badge Arcade features badges based on the Metroid series.2

5Arrow R Ace Combat20150129 January 29, 2015Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy + features unlockable aircraft themed after Samus from Metroid: Other M.

5Arrow R Heroes of the Storm20150602 June 02, 2015One of the skins for Lt. Morales in Heroes of the Storm is based on Samus Aran.3

5Arrow R Miitomo20160819 August 19, 2016Miitomo featured Metroid-themed items to promote the release of Metroid Prime: Federation Force.2

5Arrow R Regular Show20161027 October 27, 2016In the episode "Terror Tales of the Park VI" from Regular Show, Eileen is dressed as Samus Aran from Metroid.2

5Arrow R Conga Master Party!20170928 September 28, 2017Conga Master Party! features compatibility with the Metroid series amiibo.3

5Arrow R Rocket League20171114 November 14, 2017Rocket League for Switch features a car based Samus's Gunship from Metroid.2