The Heads-Up Display (HUD) of Samus Aran's Visors acts much like any HUD in video gaming, providing her with features that help her progress safely in the environment she is exploring. It can be customized to lessen or remove visor and helmet opacity completely, leaving Samus with nothing on her HUD.
The HUD provides Samus with a Radar, a Targeting Reticule, Charge Meter, energy gauge, Missile count, Threat Assessment, boss life meter, obtained Visors and Beams (in the Wii versions of the Prime Series, only the ones in current use are displayed). The HUD can be upgraded, at the cost of or addition of certain features, or even alteration.
The HUD throughout the series has four blue lights at the top. In Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and the Wii versions of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, they indicate the Wii Remote's battery life. If two lights remain, they become yellow, and red if one.
In Corruption, Samus's Gunship contains a switch that, when scanned, says: "Switch primes the ship's weapon systems and activates the combat-targeting HUD."
Each of the seven playable characters in Metroid Prime: Hunters has their own unique Heads-Up Display. They can be seen in the gallery below. Additionally, the Federation Force of Metroid Prime: Federation Force have their own HUDs, used with their Mech suits. These feature an Energy Meter, Hover Gauge and points bonuses when earned.
Metroid Prime Trilogy
Metroid Prime: Hunters
|Targeting Reticule | Threat Assessment | Radar | Map | Energy Meter | Phazon level | "Heart Monitor"|
Translator Module | Screen-Shot Tool | "Low battery warning" Sight Window | Scan Point | Infrared Ray Scope
Charge Meter | Missile Counter | Ammo Gauge | Visor Select | Command Icon | Hover Gauge | Aeion Gauge | Bookmark/Map Pin | Nav point | Points bonus
|Features of Samus Aran's Gunship|
|Personal||Adam's helmet • Chozo biotech computer • Data records • Logbook • Mii Bobblehead • Samus Screen • Ship Bumper Stickers • In the Cockpit • Music player|
|Armaments||Plasma Beam • Power Beam • Ship Grapple Beam • Ship Missile Launcher • Gunship Multiball • Bunker-Busting Annihilator • Gunship|
|Mission features||Auto-repair function • Biohazard scanner • Blast Shield • Bombing Run • Command Visor • Commander Adam Malkovich • Cryostasis • Escape Pod |
Heads-Up Display • Helm controls • Landing Gear Legs • Microfactories
Missile Station • Recharge Station • Save Station • Tetra Galaxy Scan Screen • Transmission console • B-Unit
|Cargo||Theronian Bomb (1st piece • 2nd piece • 3rd piece) • Colossal War Golem|
|Passengers||Baby • Anthony Higgs • Dr. Madeline Bergman • Commander Adam Malkovich (computerized) • Dachoras • Etecoons|