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For a list of cameos outside of video games, see List of cameos and crossovers in other media.
For a list of cameos in the Metroid series itself, see List of cameos and references in the Metroid series.

This page lists many cameos and crossovers that the Metroid series has made in other video games, either from Nintendo or third-party developers.


In Nintendo video games[edit | edit source]

1080º Avalanche[edit | edit source]

Default high scores for the stages feature many Nintendo references, with Ride Easy Railways: Dazzlin' Teaser stage's scores being "MET" "ROI" "D P".

Animal Crossing series[edit | edit source]

Main article: Animal Crossing

AR Games[edit | edit source]

A Samus AR Card is included with the Nintendo 3DS console and has several poses which can be viewed in Star Pics. When an AR Card is scanned, Samus will appear from the card based on the pose she takes in Metroid: Other M concept art (landing after a long jump) and the Prime series version of Samus Aran's Appearance Fanfare plays. Her poses are firing a shot, standing with her hand on her Arm Cannon, taking another pose from concept artwork (and ingame when she uses Concentration) where she crouches slightly and holds her cannon up, the first-mentioned pose taken after landing in Other M, and finally her Morph Ball. All poses can be controlled as long as the AR Card is in view. Additionally, a Samus template is available in Graffiti.

Bayonetta series[edit | edit source]

Main article: Bayonetta

Club Nintendo Picross Plus[edit | edit source]

Some of the game's puzzles include Metroid imagery, such as the Energy Tank.[3]

Custom Robo[edit | edit source]

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A boy, when guessing what the "Z" in "Z Syndicate" stands for, suggests Zebes among other words which include various Nintendo references.

Dead or Alive: Dimensions[edit | edit source]

In this game made by Team Ninja, the Geothermal Power Plant has been made into an arena, with Ridley himself serving as a stage hazard. The Metroid: Other M variant of his battle theme, Nemesis Ridley, is the stage song. The Power Plant platform is slightly different than it is in Metroid: Other M, however, as parts of the stage are destroyed, and Ridley destroys another part of it with his fireballs before the match. He will join the fight at certain points to unleash more fireballs at the combatants. If one is thrown over the edge then it is an instant KO as Ridley will scrape them against the wall much like in Other M, before killing them with a fireball. In the end, Samus, in Morph Ball form, also makes an appearance, killing Ridley with a Power Bomb. Samus is not playable,[4] and Yosuke Hayashi claimed that the reason for this was because "she was too busy with her job". [5]

Donkey Kong Country Returns series[edit | edit source]

Developed by Retro Studios, the company that created the Metroid Prime trilogy, has several Metroid cameos.

Metroid Prime Trilogy A.I. as well as a heavily modified version of the game's camera was involved with the original creation of the game and helped get the project moving in the early stages.[1] In 7-1, "Foggy Fumes", a structure greatly resembling Crocomire's skull is visible in the background.

In level 6-7, "Tippy Shippy", the beginning of the level has creatures similar to Parasites (or possibly Leviathan Infants) embedded into the walls. In 7-R, "Lift-Off Launch", there is a large gyroscope with three spinning rings around a core; this is a reference to the Main Dynamo present in the Metroid Prime 2: Echoes room Main Gyro Chamber, along with another similar device in the Minigyro Chamber. The core resembles a Portal. Both were located in the Sanctuary Fortress.

Samus's Gunship can be seen in the background of the silhouette level, Busted Bayou in Tropical Freeze. The Main Dynamo from Echoes and Donkey Kong Country Returns returns as well.

In Tropical Freeze, a Metroid can be found underwater in level 4-3, Amiss Abyss.[2][3][4] To have the Metroid appear, Donkey Kong must activate a mechanism underwater and swim past it out of the chasm, then turn around and return to the signpost with an arrow pointing right. A Metroid larva will then appear in the background, swimming upwards.[5][6] Donkey Kong also needs more than one heart at that point to trigger the Metroid. This cameo is present in both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch versions of the game, and was discovered on August 2018, four years after its initial release. The Metroid was placed into the level by Matt Manchester, who was also an artist for Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.[7][8][9] According to another artist on the game, Eric Kozlowsky, the team took a vow of silence to not reveal the Metroid's existence, as they wanted players to find it for themselves. [10]

Dynasty Warriors Vs.[edit | edit source]

Dynasty Warriors Vs. costumes.

Dynasty Warriors Vs. is a 2012 Nintendo 3DS game that has the Zero Suit and Skyward Sword's Knight Academy uniform as costumes.[11]

F-1 Race[edit | edit source]

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Samus appears waving for the player with four other women before Course 7. Characters from other Nintendo properties also make similar cameos before various courses (barring Course 1).

Famicom Wars[edit | edit source]


In this Japan-only game, the Red Star commander on Donut Island is called Samasuun, and her face on the result screen is the helmet of Samus Aran. This is the earliest known cameo of Samus in any form of media.

Fatal Frame series[edit | edit source]

The Zero Suit can be unlocked as an alternate costume in two of the most recent games in the series. In Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, the Zero Suit is unlocked by photographing 200 ghosts on the ghost list. It uses its appearance from Brawl and Corruption, which were the most recent depictions at the time. Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water features the Other M Zero Suit as a costume.[12]

Galactic Pinball[edit | edit source]

Samus's Gunship and a Skree.

"You are the pilot in the Space Federation investigating the mysteries of the Milky Way. Many dangers await you including Space Pirates. Use your pinball skills to solve the mysteries."

This was a pinball game for the Virtual Boy, marking Samus' only appearance on that console. Samus' ship as well as several other Metroid enemies make cameo appearances in the minigame Cosmic. It is generally believed that Metroid Prime Pinball is a spiritual successor to Galactic Pinball.

In the minigame, Samus must destroy 50 Metroid enemies, including Skrees. To start the mini-game, the plunger that is underneath the three bumpers at the top right of the screen must be hit. A message that says "Bumper Clash" will appear. During this time, after a bumper has been hit a certain number of times, it will explode. If all three bumpers are destroyed, a Screw Attack icon will appear. When the icon is hit with a puck, Cosmic will trigger.

The directional pad must be used to control Samus's Gunship, with the A button used to shoot. Each killed enemy is worth 5,000 points. If the gunship is hit once, the mini-game ends. If it does make it to the end of the mission, a "Mission Complete" message will be shown.

If every single enemy is defeated, a Perfect will be achieved. The prize for a perfect is an extra puck. This was carried on to a similar mini-game in Pinball. During the minigame, a remix of Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior plays, which can be downloaded here: Pinball.

Geist[edit | edit source]


Samus' helmet and red clothing are seen in a locker within the women's locker room at Volks Corporation. A Nintendo GameCube can also be seen in a different locker.

Interactive Multi-Game Demo Disc[edit | edit source]

Version 7, 8, and 9 include a demo and trailer for Metroid Prime, while earlier versions include content from Super Smash Bros. Melee. Version 14 and 15 feature a Metroid: Zero Mission trailer. Version 19, 20, 21, and 22 include a demo and trailer for Metroid Prime 2: Echoes while 23, 24, 25, and 26 only have a demo of the game.[13]

Jam with the Band[edit | edit source]

Brinstar (Metroid) (by Nindori) is one of the downloadable songs available since the initial day of release in the European version. It is a medley of the Brinstar, Title and item acquisition themes. Because there is no region lock on Nintendo DS games, it can be downloaded from any country, provided the player owns the game. It is #10 on the list of 370 DLC songs, runs for 01:48, and has 7 instrumental parts. (NES1, F. Guitar, NES2, NES3, NES4, NES 5, and S. Drums)

In the unlockable instrument trivia, Vs. Ridley is played to demonstrate the synth bass, Item Acquisition Fanfare is represented by the pipe organ, Title (Metroid) is represented by the vibraphone, and Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior can be heard with the horn.[6]

Jump Rope Challenge[edit | edit source]

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A free update to this app on July 1, 2020 added several costumes to this app, including one based on Samus, for the "playable" bunny protagonist. The costume appears to be based on her suit's appearance in Other M.

Kid Icarus series[edit | edit source]

Main article: Kid Icarus

Kiki Trick[edit | edit source]

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This Sakamoto-produced game features a sound-matching minigame in which the player has to match a sound to a video screen. The sound is Mario Kart, but Tennis for the NES and Super Metroid (Ridley holding the baby on Ceres scene) are incorrect options.

Kirby series[edit | edit source]

Main article: Kirby (series)

The Legend of Zelda series[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Legend of Zelda

Luigi's Mansion 3[edit | edit source]

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A remix of Main Theme - Metroid Prime: Federation Force is heard on 4F: The Great Stage, where it is performed on piano by Amadeus Wolfgeist until the boss battle begins. Later, a Metroid Prime: Federation Force poster depicting a Space Pirate and Federation Force soldiers appears in the hallway at the beginning of the Paranormal Productions level. Both Federation Force and Luigi's Mansion 3 were developed by Next Level Games and under the direction of Kensuke Tanabe, and the same hallway contains posters based on other titles from Next Level Games.

Mario series[edit | edit source]

Main article: Mario (series)

Miitomo[edit | edit source]

Main article: Miitomo

Mission in Snow Driftland[edit | edit source]

A flash game released in 2006 that doubled as an advent calendar for Nintendo DS games. Completing Level 2 unlocks a ringtone from Metroid Prime Hunters, which is the Alinos Gateway theme. A video of the level can be viewed here, and the ringtone here.

Monster Hunter series[edit | edit source]

When you think of Samus as a character and when you think of Metroid games, the first thing that comes to mind is the arm cannon, which is such an integral part of the character. We knew we wanted to do not just armour but also a weapon that was themed after Metroid, and go in that direction. And then it came down to what specific type of weapon would be a match for that, visually and gameplay wise.
We decided on the Bowgun because we thought it would look really cool if when, as you readied your weapon, the actual arm parts of the suit transformed. There is the aspect of the Metroid games where the arm cannon does change a bit when you fire different types of attacks, and that would be cool to explore—how it would look and how it would change shape when you’re about to use it. So, it seemed like a natural fit for that kind of weapon.
I've always been a huge fan of Metroid myself ever since the original NES days, and especially Super Metroid from the SNES days. Super Metroid left such an impression on me that I thought, 'wouldn’t it be great where even if visually it's a 3D polygonal model in our game, what if we could use the old sound effects and make it sound a bit synthesized?’ We worked with Nintendo, who were on board and excited about it as well, so you’ll be able to hear synthesized SNES-style sound effects that go along with it, which I thought was kind of a nice homage to that title.

—Series creator Kaname Fujioka

A DLC pack released in April 2015 for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate features content based on Metroid. The Varia Suit and Zero Suit are available as costumes, taking their appearances from Metroid: Other M. The costumes are split into parts (ex. Zero Suit Ponytail, Tights, and Boots). An enlarged Arm Cannon is also available as a weapon. The pack comes with two quests, Metroid: Special Mission and Metroid: Looming Shadows. Sound effects and music from the Metroid series are included as well, such as Samus Aran's Appearance Fanfare from Super Metroid, the item acquisition jingle (which plays after a monster is defeated) and Nemesis Ridley.

Something is plotting to steal the galaxy's most powerful weapon! Scanning... That beak, that ominous purple skin... No way, is it him?! Hunter! Hurry to the Arena before it's too late!

—Message from HQ

Metroid: Special Mission is set in the Arena, and the objective is to hunt a Frenzied Yian Garuga. A subquest requires the player to wound the Yian Garua's back. Completion of this quest rewards the Weapon Data needed to make the Arm Cannon. The name of this mission is similar to Metroid: Zero Mission.

We're being attacked by an unknown force, and just when we thought we had it down, it starts to multiply. What is this thing?! If this continues, we can't protect the legendary suit! Please help!

—Mail from the Barracks

Metroid: Looming Shadows is again set in the Arena. The objective here is to hunt all Shrouded Nerscylla. Completing this mission rewards the Function Module needed to make the Varia and Zero Suit Armor Sets.

A Metroid Costume Trailer was released to promote the Metroid DLC.

The Metroid content returns in Monster Hunter Generations for Nintendo Switch.

NES Remix 2[edit | edit source]

Main article: NES Remix 2

Nintendo Badge Arcade[edit | edit source]

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This Europe-exclusive game has several Metroid badges to collect. Most of them are modeled after sprites from the NES game, but one features Samus as she appears in Metroid: Other M, in a chibi style.[7]

Nintendo GameCube Preview Disc[edit | edit source]

"Samus Aran lands on a derelict space station above the unexplored planet of Tallon IV and discovers a sinister Space Pirate operation. Samus is once again thrust into the mayhem."

-Description for the Metroid Prime section of the Nintendo Gamecube Preview Disc.

Among other games, Metroid Prime is featured on this press DVD. It features two trailers and a chronicle of the then-five Metroid games, similar to the Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Bonus Disc.

Notably, the trailer appears to have taken footage from an earlier build of the game, as there is footage of the following:

  • A Burrower popping out of sand in the Chozo Ruins (in the final game, Burrowers are completely absent from the Ruins, and the data necessary to load them is not present).
  • Samus fighting Flaahgra with the Wave Beam.
  • Different font for scanned text and HUD messages. When scanning a Logbook entry, the text notifying that it has been added to the Logbook is different and in a brighter white. It says "A new [Creatures] logbook entry has been acquired."
  • Samus' damage grunts are different.
  • The mature Sheegoth fires ice projectiles much slower.
  • Two Plated Beetles being fought at once in the Main Plaza.

When viewing the Chronicle, the footage, except for Metroid Prime (which has the music from the preview trailer playing in the background), shows several scenes spliced together with unedited audio from the sourced scenes, with the footage looping.

After viewing all games in the Chronicle, clips of Samus and Baby Sheegoths in gameplay are displayed, along with the concept art of both that shows the development of the model, as it goes from wireframe to the detailed figure in the game. The scene also depicts a slightly different entry for the scene where the adult Sheegoth appears after the Baby Sheegoth are killed, as well as showing Samus apparently being killed in a slightly different manner to how it's depicted in the game (namely, she doesn't scream at all, and the visor simply enters static without shutting off). After these play, concept art is viewable, some of it exclusive to this disc, before going back to the main menu.

Footage from the disc can be found here: [8]

Nintendo Land[edit | edit source]

Main article: Nintendo Land

Nintendogs + Cats[edit | edit source]

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AR Cards can be used in this game, including Samus Aran. This puts her helmet on the Nintendog or cat when taking photos.

Phantasy Star Ø[edit | edit source]

The Arm Cannon in Phantasy Star Ø.

Samus's Arm Cannon is one of several available Nintendo weapons.

Picross DS[edit | edit source]

Samus Aran is the solution to puzzle 11-M.[14]

Pushmo (NTSC) / Pullblox (PAL)[edit | edit source]

One stage consists of a Samus Aran sprite from Metroid. This is stage 212 in the Bonus Nintendo Murals.

Rocket League[edit | edit source]

The Nintendo Switch version of the game features an exclusive Battle Car modeled after Samus's Gunship. It is unlockable within the game at random and comes with two color schemes for the orange and blue teams. The blue team's color scheme is a "classic" variant, with the color resembling the Fusion Suit. The car's Rocket Boost is called Wave Beam. The car is not compatible with any decals and its paint color cannot be changed.

In the trailer for the game, the Metroid: Samus Returns Title theme plays as this car is introduced. This costume replaces the Breakout car in other platform versions of Rocket League.

Splatoon 2[edit | edit source]

To promote the recently-released Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the theme of Splatfest #20 was Heroes vs. Villains. Samus was one of the characters representing the Heroes team, while Ridley was one of the characters representing the Villains team. The Heroes won the popularity vote (62.89% to 37.11%), but the Villains beat the Heroes in normal (52.21% to 47.79%) and pro (53.51% to 46.49%) clout, winning the overall Splatfest.

StreetPass Mii Plaza[edit | edit source]

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Samus puzzle

Samus' helmet and a Metroid hat are among the many hats that can be unlocked in Find Mii. The latter is unlocked on the second playthrough. If worn, the Mii will always be seen wearing it anywhere in StreetPass Mii Plaza. A Samus Aran puzzle is available in Puzzle Swap. Once completed, it unlocks a 3D model viewer of her that was first shown at E3.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit | edit source]

Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition[edit | edit source]


A Zero Suit Samus costume is available to complement several other Nintendo costumes and a Mushroom mode. [15]

Tetris[edit | edit source]

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In the Nintendo version of this Nintendo Entertainment System game, Samus appears playing the upright bass after the player wins a B-type game of level at least nine and height at least 2. She appears along with multiple other Nintendo characters.

Tetris DS[edit | edit source]

Catch Mode is based on the original Metroid.

The purpose of the game mode is to collect tetrominoes into contiguous blocks, by using a single solid block. The tetrominoes fall from the top in various positions, and only the solid block can be rotated. Once a large block has been collected, it will detonate, destroying everything in its path. Several Metroid larvae in containers similar to the infant's also fall from the ceiling; destroying them in detonations will net a bonus. The player loses a small amount of health if the blocks hit the bottom of the screen. Colliding the collected blocks with the Metroid containers will cause a big health loss and destruction of some collected blocks. The game is over once the player loses all health.

The play area is a shaft resembling Brinstar, but with a more realistic, bat cave-like background. Samus sprites can be seen in the background in different poses. These include aiming up at a Ripper, in Morph Ball, on a ledge in front of a Blue Door, jumping and aiming at a Zoomer on the bottom of a ledge, Spin Jumping from one ledge to another, a Ripper and Zoomer alone, and then it cycles over.

The theme is a remix of the classic Brinstar theme, which can be heard here: [9]. When the detonation block activates and before it explodes, a faster remix of the Brinstar theme is heard.

Level 12 of Marathon Mode is also Metroid themed. The level contains the Brinstar theme, Mother Brain in the background and a rapidly rotating sprite of Samus that moves when points are accumulated. On the top screen, Samus can be seen jumping around in the starting point of Brinstar, but the Morph Ball is missing and the background is colored red, failing to match the blue rock scenery of Brinstar.

Finally, Samus can be seen running around on the title screen shooting tetrominoes.

"Steer a flying core into falling Tetriminos in this Metroid-themed mode." - Manual

Tomodachi Life[edit | edit source]

Miis can occasionally be seen playing games such as Metroid Blast on Nintendo Land, with sound effects matching the characters' movements. [10] Two videos for the game featured Samus Aran as a Mii.

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3[edit | edit source]

Some of the sound effects in the game were reused from Metroid II: Return of Samus (in particular, the sounds used when Samus hits the Metroids with missiles was used for when Wario jumps on the final boss's head[16]).

Wario Land II[edit | edit source]

The reward for "Story 4: Don't Shock The Owl!" of "Final Chapter: Mysterious Factory!" is a blue Metroid larva.

WarioWare series[edit | edit source]

Main article: WarioWare

amiibo-compatible games[edit | edit source]

Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble +[edit | edit source]

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Using the Samus amiibo unlocks a Samus-themed paint job for the YF-23. The aircraft will have Samus' artwork from Other M on it, as well as the Metroid series logo.

amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits[edit | edit source]

This compilation game allows 3-minute demos of NES and SNES games, including Metroid and Super Metroid, to be accessed with the use of the Samus and Zero Suit Samus amiibo figures.

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash[edit | edit source]

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Using an amiibo unlocks a figure of Chibi-Robo assuming the amiibo character's pose. Using either Samus amiibo unlocks figure #111. It has this description:

"Raised by the mysterious Chozo from a young age, she became an indomitable bounty hunter and intergalactic warrior. Every once in a while, she reveals her maternal side."

Miitopia[edit | edit source]

The Super Smash Bros. Samus and Zero Suit Samus amiibo, as well as the Samus Returns Samus Aran amiibo, can be used to unlock costumes based on Samus and Zero Suit Samus. They are virtually identical to the costumes offered in Miitomo. The Zero Suit outfit is referred to as "Zero Suit Samus Clothing".[17]

New Style Boutique 2: Fashion Forward[edit | edit source]

Using the Samus amiibo unlocks the Visor, known as the "Galactic Visor". Using the Zero Suit Samus amiibo unlocks the Jet Boots, called "Bounty Hunter Boots" here. Both are wearable accessories.

One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X[edit | edit source]

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The Samus amiibo unlocks a costume for Robin.

Yoshi's Woolly World[edit | edit source]

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Both the Samus amiibo and the Zero Suit Samus amiibo unlock appropriate yarn colors for Yoshi.

Possible references[edit | edit source]

Mario series[edit | edit source]

Starting in Super Mario Bros. 3, Mario would be able to spin jump when he collected a Starman, and the pattern resembled the Screw Attack. This also happens in subsequent remakes and games. The Snoozorb enemy in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time also resembles the Nightmare, with both of their names about sleep. In addition, Bowser's defeat animation upon falling into the lava in New Super Mario Bros. resembled that of Crocomire falling into the same, right down to his second surfacing having the flesh stripped from the bone to have him turn into Dry Bowser.

F-Zero series[edit | edit source]

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Longtime playable character Jody Summer's appearance heavily resembles that of Samus at the end of the original Metroid, wearing a pink sports bra, thong, and boots, with a lightning bolt on her left breast and two shoulder pads, as well as brown hair. Like Samus, she works for a "Galactic Space Federation" to eliminate the criminal element in the F-Zero tournaments, has a deceased father and a supposedly also deceased brother, her chapter in F-Zero GX involves escaping from a time bomb, and in the anime, it is discovered that she was partially reconstructed as a cyborg. Jody Summer is in the vein of James McCloud and Mr. EAD as F-Zero characters who appear to reference other series.

Jody Summer's Spirit is one of several that use Zero Suit Samus as a Puppet Fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The Wonderful 101[edit | edit source]

Jergingha, the game's antagonistic brain-in-a-vat, seems to be based on Mother Brain, including a transformed human-like form. This character may be a relic from early development when the game was intended to make use of various Nintendo characters. Immorta, another character, is a member of the Galactic Federation Police.

Third-party/unlicensed software[edit | edit source]

Axiom Verge[edit | edit source]

Trace wearing the Justin Bailey suit.

A Metroidvania indie game that is heavily inspired by the Metroid series, from style - including door transitions, a minimap, Save Stations and non-linear exploration - to gameplay. The player character, Trace, can also obtain a password tool that allows him to use encoded password strings to alter reality. Entering the original Metroid password "Justin Bailey" causes Trace to don the same suit, which changes color from white to yellow to red as he acquires new lab coats.

The game's developer Thomas Happ asked Nintendo for permission to include a Samus costume for Trace in the Wii U version of the game, but Nintendo declined. [18]

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate[edit | edit source]

Several gameplay elements are similar to the Prime series from Metroid, including the detective mode resembling the Scan Visor in function (including markings indicating which objects have been scanned and which haven't and a description of the scans), the Case Files resembling the Lore scans in function, and the map (especially in the Deluxe Edition) and hint system resembling those used by the Prime series. This is most likely intentional, as the developers of the game, Armature Studios, were an offshoot of Retro Studios, the developers who made the Prime series. In the original release, the map also resembled those used in the 2D Metroid games starting with Super Metroid.

Blaster Master[edit | edit source]

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Metroid larva-like enemies appear underwater in this Metroid inspired game. They bear 4 retracting mandibles, but no nuclei.

Bloodline: Champions[edit | edit source]


One of the newest characters in this online game is called the Metal Warden, who possesses armor very similar to the Power Suit. The Metal Warden can charge her shots, perform a high jumping attack in the air, morph into a ball and fire a black hole with effects similar to a Power Bomb.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance[edit | edit source]

A comparison between the two skulls.

In the "Cave of Skeletons" area, there are skulls that bear a strong resemblance to Crocomire's and are used as ramps to get up to a higher ledge. In the second Castlevania title for the Game Boy Advance, Harmony of Dissonance, the player will eventually come to an area called the "Cave of Skeletons"; in it, there are giant skulls which can be used as ramps to get to the next part of the area. This homage was likely intentional because starting from Symphony of the Night, Castlevania games have borrowed a Metroid-like gameplay style. [11]

Castlevania: Sorrow subseries[edit | edit source]

In the games Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, the main character Soma Cruz is able to, after defeating various enemies, absorb their souls and copy their abilities, similar to how Samus was able to absorb various X Parasites and, to a certain extent, replicate any abilities they may have possessed in Metroid Fusion. Coincidentally, both also were reborn figures (Soma Cruz being the reincarnation of franchise villain Count Dracula, while Samus Aran was mentioned to be "reborn" after having the Vaccine "Metroid" save her life when she had previously been infected with the X Parasites).

Catherine[edit | edit source]

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One of the characters that can be spoken to in the "Stray Sheep" bar is named Justin Bailey.[12]

Cave Story[edit | edit source]

Floating enemies called "Jellies" resemble Metroid larvae and also have a Queen (likely referencing the Queen Metroid) in this Super Metroid-inspired game.

Crush Crush[edit | edit source]

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This ecchi (hentai) dating simulation game on Steam features a girl named Mio who mentions Samus and finds her to be attractive: "I have such a girl crush on Samus. I mean, she can contort herself into a ball. She must bang like a tiger..."

Dragon Ball Z: Legacy of Goku 2[edit | edit source]

West City's electronics store features SNES games on display, including Super Metroid. [13]

Dungeon of the Endless[edit | edit source]

One of the characters is Sara Numas, a blond woman in a blue jumpsuit whose name is an anagram of Samus Aran. Like Samus (in her Zero Suit appearance), Numas is quite fast, but not as strong. She is described as a galactically-famous bounty hunter who is dedicated to seeing justice served, and tasked with the transfer of the leader of intergalactic pirates to a prison complex.

Escape from Puppy Death Factory[edit | edit source]

In this Adult Swim game, there are many references to the Metroid series. The canine protagonist Laika wears a Power Suit with an Arm Cannon and possesses a gunship (named MUTTNIK) that resembles her face, while exploring an abandoned planet to rescue her puppy brethren, similar to the baby (there is a message in the game that references Super Metroid as well: "The last puppies are in captivity...SET THEM FREE."). Collecting all 31 puppies also leads to the best ending in the game.

Evoland 2[edit | edit source]

Inside the Giro Lab, a capsule with a Metroid can be found. When examined, the characters have dialogue.

Fina: Oh, what a cute little critter! Maybe we should free it?

Velvet: I don't think that's such a good idea...

Shortly after this, a large brain inside a glass capsule (resembling Mother Brain, albeit with the eye shut) must be fought. The brain is equipped with four floor-mounted turrets and two sentry drones with drill-like arms. The turrets and sentries must be destroyed before the brain itself can be attacked. When destroyed, a flash appears onscreen before the brain disappears.

Fina: What in the world is that ghastly thing? Looks like a giant slimy brain...

Velvet: It must be the result of an experiment gone terribly wrong. I just hope this isn't a horror movie, because then we're all goners! Only the hero survives that kind of thing...

Velvet: [guards appear] Apparently, those metal creatures have decided to protect it!

FNAF World[edit | edit source]

In this RPG spinoff of the popular "Five Nights at Freddy's", or more commonly known as FNaF, a specific minigame known as FNaF 57: Freddy in Space is a clear riff on the original NES Metroid, to the extent of even sharing the same death animation. The gameplay is much like that of any traditional Metroidvania in which you must collect cupcakes in order to upgrade your ray-gun that, like many beam upgrades throughout the Metroid series, increase projectile size, strength, speed, and each have their own color palette. FNaF 57 also features several rooms a with spherical, almost "bubbly" landscape, much like portions of Norfair. In addition, FNaF 57 also has a mechanical, linear, and much more difficult end-area reminiscent of Tourian, down to featuring a disembodied head in a jar that is clearly a parody of Mother Brain.

FNaF Freddy In Space 2[edit | edit source]

In the sequel to the previously mentioned game, It still retains the Metroidvania style of gameplay, but this time the anthropomorphic female chicken character nicknamed "Chica" is seen wearing a Zero Suit-esque jumpsuit and weilding a pistol similar to Zero Suit Samus's Paralyzer.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York[edit | edit source]

SNES version.

In the NES and SNES versions, having Kevin McCallister get the bell item will have him when jumping spin around in a similar manner to Samus when using the Screw Attack, which also allows him to defeat foes by touching them while using this attack.

Guacamelee![edit | edit source]

A statue depicting a Metroid larva is present. "Choozo Statues" are also featured, which are nearly identical both in name and appearance to Chozo Statues. When an item is obtained from one, the game states that "You got nothing!".

Heroes of the Storm[edit | edit source]

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This online game from Blizzard Entertainment features a skin for the combat medic, Lt. Rosa Morales that resembles the Varia Suit in terms of color, and features a large green arm cannon as well as an even larger, orange shield. The cannon is on the left arm, unlike Samus. This skin is a Master variant, which requires effort to obtain.[19]

Hollow Knight[edit | edit source]


Hollowknight is a Metroidvania game that features jellyfish-like enemies called Uoma, Ooma, and Uumuu. These creatures strongly resemble Metroid larvae, especially their original tentacled appearance in early Metroid artwork, which may be a homage to the Metroidvania genre's roots.

Horizon Zero Dawn[edit | edit source]

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During the cutscene "The Good News", the silhouette of a Metroid larva is briefly seen as part of an evolutionary tree.

Kingdom of Loathing[edit | edit source]

A browser-based MMORPG with stick figure graphics and an "odd" sense of humor. Players can play a text-and-prompt-button minigame version of Metroid in the "Game Grid Arcade" area, by way of the "Meteoid" cabinet. Since mid 2014, Meteoid Steam Cards 1, 2, and 3 can be used together to unlock a stick-figure avatar of Samus for their character. The steam cards depict a Zeela, a Ripper II, and a Metroid Larvae. This is about Steam Trading Cards, however, Metroid is not available through Steam, but exclusively digitally distributed through the Nintendo E-Shop for use on the Wii, Wii-U, and 3DS.

League of Legends[edit | edit source]

This MOBA title from Riot games features among its playable characters a woman named Miss (Sarah) Fortune. Her back story is that of a child who witnesses her parents murdered by the leader of a gang of pirates, and so becomes a Bounty Hunter. Despite the game's fantasy setting, Miss Fortune can use a skin (Gun Goddess Miss Fortune) which puts her into a futuristic, Metroid-esque timeline, and equips her with technologically advanced alien power armour, which can alternate between various colours (much like Samus' Chozo power armour) over a form-fitting suit (similar to the Zero suit found in many Metroid titles.) Additionally, in certain situations, Gun Goddess Miss Fortune may say "And that is why you never leave a girl for dead on her Colony world" as a voice line - a reference to the events of Samus' childhood on K-2L.

Mighty Switch Force[edit | edit source]

This speed-run heavy platforming series stars a cyborg cop named Patty Wagon. Its gameplay, as well as death and ending sequences, are heavily influenced by the Metroid series, as acknowledged by the developers on Miiverse. (Mr.Bozon and Ivansmith)

Men in Black 3[edit | edit source]

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The film's iOS and Android game adaptation features Samantha Aran, an agent that can be recruited from the Locker Room at MIB Headquarters. Both her appearance and name are obvious references to Samus Aran, and she is listed as having been a Counter-Terrorist. She is available when the player reaches Level 7 and purchases the first Locker Room upgrade, and costs 32 T-Pulse.

Perception[edit | edit source]

One of the achievements, Ceres, is gained by looking through a telescope in an upper room during chapter one. Its description reads "The galaxy is at peace", a dual reference to Super Metroid: the setting of the first chapter on Ceres Space Colony, and the famous narration by Dan Owsen: "The last Metroid is in captivity. The galaxy is at peace."

ReCore[edit | edit source]

This Xbox One-exclusive game released in late 2016 was developed by Armature Studio, which was founded by numerous developers who worked on the Prime Series. The game's trailers and boxart state that the game is from "Keiji Inafune and the makers of Metroid Prime". Mark Pacini, the director of the Prime games, directed this game. Certain elements from Metroid Prime are present - as with Prime and Echoes, weapons are selected with the directional pad, and the weapons are color-coded. Certain enemies are colored in such a way that they are only affected by a specific weapon, akin to certain Prime creatures. Seth, a spider-like companion of the protagonist, Joule, can collapse into a ball and ride rails, much like the Spider Ball and Tracks in the Prime Series. Joule has a double jump ability similar to the Space Jump as well as a Log Book, separated into categories for personal logs, a bestiary of enemies and a Joule's Notes section with gameplay tips, similar to Samus's Notes in the Prime series Inventory. The Security Lattice enemy is similar to the Aeromines in Corruption as well.

Asked about any similarities between the games, Jack Mathews suggested the influences were more to do with the people working on ReCore than from the Prime series. He added that "Mark [Pacini] loves logbooks."[20]

Shadow Complex[edit | edit source]

The Eye-like camera in Shadow Complex.

This Metroidvania game was heavily inspired by Super Metroid. In a similar role to the Eye, there is a security camera which shines on the protagonist, Jason Fleming, when he first enters the complex, and he can collect a Speed Booster-like upgrade called the Friction Dampener as well as Missiles and a "Foam Gun", which resembles the Ice Beam. The Friction Dampener has the added ability of being able to run up walls and on ceilings if timed properly. The obstacles are color-coded similar to Metroid. Red obstacles require Missiles, green requires Grenades, purple requires Foam, and blue requires the Friction Dampener. One of the extra achievements (which does not reward gamerscore or trophy points) is also called Jason Bailey, for completing the game with 100% in under 2 hours. Its icon is a pair of briefs.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero[edit | edit source]


Wilbur bears an uncanny resemblance to the Charge Beam Beast since both bosses are giant centipede-like monsters with grayish-purple armor, large prominent mandibles, thorns lining their bodies, and a single large eyeball that serves as their weak point. Although Half-Genie Hero is more of a traditional platformer, most games in the Shantae series are considered part of the Metroidvania genre, so it's possible (albeit unconfirmed) that Wilbur's design is a tribute to the Metroid series.

Singularity[edit | edit source]

There are numerous references to Metroid in Singularity. Firstly, there is a message on the wall of a facility saying "Mother my brain hurts!". Entering a derelict ship similar to the Frigate Orpheon, an upgrade called the "Dethex Launcher" can be obtained, which fires small ball-shaped bombs similar to the Morph Ball that are used in one situation to navigate a maze to open up a locked door. Finally, there is a note in the hands of a dead body talking about a strange new specimen, signed by the initials "S.A.". To the left of the body, a Metroid larva-like creature can be seen inside a tube.[14]

Skullgirls[edit | edit source]

Two fighters from the 2D fighting game, Skullgirls, have interchangeable unlockable skins referencing Samus Aran. There are three Samus skins in total.

Parasoul Renoir

  • Unlockable skin 18 out of 25. The skin is that of the Justin Bailey cheat code in the original Metroid (1986). The name of the skin is "Primed".


  • Unlockable skin 18 out of 25. This skin is that of Samus' Varia Suit.
  • Unlockable skin 19 out of 25. This skin is that of Samus' Gravity Suit.

These two skins do not have a special nickname.

Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty[edit | edit source]

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A Metroid larva is seen in a stasis tube much like the baby's. It is found in the 2v2 multiplayer map "High Orbit". [15]

Super Meat Boy Forever[edit | edit source]

The cutscene before The Lab chapter parodies the iconic Title Screen cutscene in Super Metroid. In place of the baby, Meat Boy is contained in the stasis tank, appearing to be asleep, with multiple dead Meat Boys littering the floor. The camera pans across the bodies and stasis tank in the same manner as the Super Metroid scene, interspersed with text saying "TEAM MEAT" "PRESENTS" "SUPER MEAT BOY 2", similar to "Nintendo Presents Metroid 3". There are more bodies in the Meat Boy version than the original Super Metroid scene. The music in the scene pays homage to Opening (Destruction of the Space Colony), the into theme of Super Metroid.

The cutscene can be viewed here.

Teslagrad[edit | edit source]

This sidescrolling Wii U adventure game features a seated bird statue holding an item. This reference was confirmed as a tribute to Metroid by the developer.[21] In another part of the game one can find Samus's helmet on a shelf in a laboratory just before the fourth boss battle.

Cancelled cameos[edit | edit source]

Uniracers[edit | edit source]

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In early promotional footage, the finalized course tour names are replaced by the Nintendo game series and character icons. One is "METROID", with a kneeling mirrored image of Samus Aran. [16] This became the Bounder (kangaroo) tour in the retail game.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance[edit | edit source]

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The game was intended to include Samus and Link as playable characters, but Nintendo ultimately refused to license them for Activision. A video shows Samus using many of her abilities from the Metroid series, and she appears to have been based on her Metroid Prime depiction. She is also seen using a new ability called Chozo Blood Rights. The appearance of this ability is short, and there does not appear to be any visible changes after activation, apart from a green glow around Samus. It would seem to increase benefits inherited from the Chozo blood Samus has. This ability might have granted Samus more power or better defense, as it does not appear to be an attacking move.

Presumably, the characters' removal was forced when Activision placed them on the non-Nintendo console versions of the game.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit | edit source]

Unused sprites from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Samus was intended to appear at Starbeans Cafe among other Nintendo characters, during a scripted event. Dialog remains in the game's code - "Cashier: Whoa! A power outage? Yikes! Samus Aran! I see you're rocking and rolling as usual! ...Looks like your energy tanks are empty! Sorry, but can't you give your Hoolumbian to Samus? Oh! Feeling better?" She would then give the player an Energy Tank in exchange for the drink. Ultimately, most of the items were replaced with similar ones in the final game, though the Energy Tank became a Power Grip accessory.)

Scribblenauts Unlimited[edit | edit source]

Maxwell, the main character of this game, writes words into his notebook to summon the written object and solve various puzzles. This is achieved by having the player type out a noun (or adjectives and a noun) and the game's "dictionary" identifies and depicts the request along with the expected properties of it.

This version of the game has characters and objects from the Mario and Zelda series, but the developers originally intended to have a larger cast:

"We wanted a lot more IP, like Donkey Kong or Metroid or even Pokémon — Pokémon's huge, right? — but it was just about timing. We just didn't have a ton of development time to get everything done and shipped."[22]

Fortnite[edit | edit source]

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Artwork of Samus Aran appears in an internal Epic Games quarterly business review from June 2020, implying she was at one point considered for a playable skin in Fortnite. The document was released as part of the ongoing Epic v. Apple trial in May 2021. Page 34 of the presentation includes an unofficial Samus art piece (from Daryl Braun) next to Master Chief and Kratos, who have been revealed.[23][24]

According to Fortnite leaker Shiina, Epic was unable to secure the rights to the Samus character and she will not be included in the game. The source for this information correctly predicted that Rick and Morty from the show of the same name would be revealed as skins, which they were on the same day as Shiina's tweet.[25]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Samus' movements served as a reference for the players in Tennis for the Game Boy.[17]

References[edit | edit source]

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  3. ^ Marchis, Shane (ShaneMarchis). "Here's a how-to video on seeing the Metroid cameo I discovered earlier. Works on Wii U and Switch! #Nintendo" 3 Aug 2018 12:20 a.m. Tweet.
  4. ^ Marchis, Shane (ShaneMarchis). "Found the elusive Metroid cameo in Tropical Freeze! Players have been searching for four years and I got to it first! #Nintendo" 2 Aug 2018 6:58 p.m. Tweet.
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  6. ^ GameXplain (3 August 2018). A Secret Metroid Has Been Hiding in DKC: Tropical Freeze the Last 4 Years! (Easter Egg). YouTube. Retrieved on 3 August 2018.
  7. ^ Manchester, Matt (oracrest). "Congrats on finding my easter egg, Shane. I was hoping for as long as possible to find it, and even open to it never being found. But 4 years is a good run I think." 3 Aug 2018 12:20 p.m. Tweet.
  8. ^ Manchester, Matt (oracrest). "Also, thanks for then love of Donkey Kong and Tropical Freeze. I would love to hear an episode on that series! You might mention the Metroid Easter egg that went undiscovered for 4 years in TF :) <3" 15 March 2021 9:31 p.m. Tweet.
  9. ^ Manchester, Matt (oracrest). "I hid a Metroid in Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, and as best as I can tell it took 4 years and a switch release before it was discovered." 5 Apr 2021 1:55 p.m. Tweet.
  10. ^ Kozlowsky, Eric (vonkoz). "Glad it was found! Everyone on the team took a vow of silence to never reveal its existence we wanted it found naturally no matter how long it took. Props to @oracrest as the artist who came up with this easter egg!" 3 Aug 2018 3:28 p.m. Tweet.
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  17. ^ Pepper Potts (PepperPotts2012). "@MetroidDatabase Idk if it's been spoken of yet. But apparently in Miitopia we can use the Metroid amiibos to get these outfits!" 30 May 2021 9:17 a.m. Tweet.
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  21. ^ @oleivarrudi on Twitter. Retrieved on 22 June 2017. “Did anyone notice the #Metroid tribute we put into #teslagrad?”
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  25. ^ Shiina (ShiinaBR). "Sources tell me that a Metroid (Samus Aran) collaboration will not happen next season. Apparently, Epic wasn't able to obtain the rights to put her in the game." 7 June 2021 12:06 p.m. Tweet.
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