I really, really did not want to talk about this. But since the amount of attacks by the media, so called "journalists" who post clickbait articles to make a quick buck, and mindless trolls on the web, but I felt like I had to talk about this, because this is literally the first time ever that I have actually seen criticism thrown at Samus' Zero Suit design for Smash Bros. When I first saw the Zero Suit in Super Smash Bros. Brawl all the way back in 2008, I was like "Wow Nintendo, you've got balls." Yeah, and the Zero Suit alone destroys the "Nintendo is for kids" argument as far as I'm concerned (6-foot blonde with huge boobs in a blue bodysuit & high heels? Yeah, proof enough that Nintendo isn't "just for kids". I may have gone a bit overboard with describing Samus' looks, but who cares, it's still an accurate explanation IMO, bite me.). When Nintendo first showed off this form of the Metroid series main star in Metroid: Zero Mission all the way back in 2004, it became pretty popular among fans. Plus it's very fetishized among the fanbase as well, just take a look at fan art of her in the Zero Suit! Don't know how to get ahold of it? F**king Google it. And in Brawl, I believe Nintendo deliberately amped up her sex appeal quite a bit, and I believe that game was the catalyst in all those artists drawing pretty obscene pictures of Samus in the Zero Suit. But I had a feeling that the idiots in the media and the trolls on the web would eventually take a huge shit on this topic, and boy was I right. Whenever Nintendo does become more "mature" like when those idiotic trolls on the web ask them to, they just complain! For the first time ever, I've heard "journalists" call the Zero Suit sexist, too obscene, and some of them described it as "way too over-sexualized", yet Cortana from the Halo series is basically portrayed as nude in the series games, and Hideo Kojima revealed Quiet from Metal Gear Solid V, who also wears pretty skimpy clothing as well and Kojima basically designed Quiet for cosplay purposes! These journalists hardly know what a totally obscene character looks like. Oh, and I forgot to mention Bayonetta, didn't I? Yeah, enough said. Those Nintendo double-standards sure are annoying as hell, are they? Critics say that Samus looks obscene, yet there are more characters that are way more obscene than her. Yes, I will admit, I do think Samus has become a bit over-sexualized since Nintendo introduced the Zero Suit and then amped up her sex appeal whenever a new Metroid game or Smash Bros. game comes out. And to go off topic for a bit, I will also admit that Samus in Zero Suit form does make me blush whenever I lay eyes on her. But it really isn't all that bad. Sure, I do think she is a bit over-sexualized, but it is to gain credibility with the adult gamers, and Metroid is arguably the closest Nintendo has to an M-rated series. Plus, I have yet to see any women, girl gamers or feminists complain about her looks yet, so it's fine. If anything, I've heard praise from those groups about how she looks in Zero Suit form. I wouldn't mind if Nintendo amped up her sex appeal even more in future Metroid games as long as Nintendo focuses on other aspects of Samus' character besides her looks and as long as women, girl gamers and feminists are OK with it. And besides, why are these criticisms happening now? The Zero Suit was introduced YEARS AGO!
The Zero Suit was introduced in Metroid: Zero Mission, which came out on February 9, 2004
IT'S 2014!!! WHERE THE F**K WERE YOU 10 YEARS AGO??!!
I mean, seriously. The Zero Suit was introduced 10 years ago! That's a lifetime in the video game industry! Did these so-called "journalists" seriously wake up from a weed-induced sleep, seeing images of Samus in her Zero Suit from Zero Mission and go like "Oh man, this ain't cool, we gotta attack Nintendo for doing this!" Real swift moving on this one, assholes. Seriously, Samus is one of the worst examples of a totally obscene character, and besides, her looks aren't even that obscene anyway. Do I think she is a bit over-sexualized? Yeah, sure. But I have nothing against it and it's to give Nintendo credibility with the adult gamers, since Metroid is the closest thing they have to an M-rated series. I actually don't mind her looks at all, and Nintendo should continue to do what they can with her character because they have been doing a damn good job with it since Super Metroid came out in 1994 (Jesus, it's been 20 years already? Damn, happy 20th Anniversary Super Metroid, have to do a tribute blog for that game! Make sure you check it out!).
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