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Super Metroid (Video Game 1994) Poster

(1994 Video Game)

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Last Metroid game to be released for eight years.
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This was the last Metroid game to be released while series creator Gumpei Yokoi was still alive.
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Despite the Metroid series being such a success for Nintendo, this was the only game in the series ever released for the Super Nintendo.
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First Metroid game to feature the X-Ray scope, Grappling Beam, and Speed Booster.
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The Old Tourian ruins at the beginning of the game is the same place you fought Mother Brain in the original Metroid.
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Super Metroid is said to have been the game that made speed running popular.
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In the original version of the game, Samus' death animation was a bit different. As her Power Suit breaks away from her, Samus appears to be completely nude underneath it, and she lets out an agonized scream before she dies. The combination of the nudity and the scream was deemed too sexual for American audiences, so Samus was given a two-part bathing suit during production, and the sound was muted. Contrary to popular belief, the uncensored animation has never been seen in any version of the game, not even in the original Japanese release.
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Takes place after Metroid II: The Return of Samus.
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First game in the series to refer to the Chozo (the original bird-like race inhabiting Zebes) by name in the game's manual. Their statues were seen in-game in both Metoroido (1986) and Metroid II: The Return of Samus (1992), but were nowhere identified as of Chozo origin at the time. According to behind-the-scenes stories, the Japanese manual of Super Metroid made references to "chojin-zoku", meaning "bird-folk race", but this was misinterpreted as "chozo", which means "bird statue". The word Chozo was subsequently chosen as the name of the race depicted by the statues.
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Although the Metroid series is based on Alien (1979), and the character of Samus Aran was inspired by Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the heroine from that movie, Samus' human look was based on actress Kim Basinger at the time when she starred in 9½ Weeks (1986) and My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988).
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The narrating voice in the beginning was provided by Dan Owsen, a representative of Nintendo of America, during one of his visits to the Japanese development team.
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Director Yoshio Sakamoto had his wife and children test the game, and implemented changes based on their feedback.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The ending where the baby Metroid defends and sacrifices itself for Samus would later be referenced in Metroid 4 (2002): with Samus nearly dying during the fight with the Omega Metroid, the SA-X parasite allows Samus to absorb its core upon its death, regaining her most powerful abilities which she then uses to defeat the Omega Metroid.
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The ending with the baby Metroid sacrificing itself for Samus was later dramatized in the opening scene of Metroid: Other M (2010), the direct sequel to this game.
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