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This is a list of cameos within the Metroid series itself. It should not be confused with cameos in other, non-Metroid games and other media.

For a list of references specific to the Alien franchise, see this article.

Metroid[edit | edit source]


  • Air Holes are obvious references to Warp Pipes, from the Super Mario Bros. series.

Victory Techniques for Metroid[edit | edit source]

  • Commander Nemo tests Samus's skills by playing Volleyball.
  • Samus can be seen losing at a game of The Legend of Zelda on her Famicom Disk System while flying to Zebes.
  • Samus mistakes an Air Hole for a Warp Pipe, and Mario can be seen.

The Shape of Happiness[edit | edit source]

  • A Galactic Federation official offers Samus the Famicom Disk System games Angel Land and The Adventure of Link (noted as tentative titles for Kid Icarus and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link) as a reward for the mission to Zebes.

Metroid: Zebes Invasion Order[edit | edit source]

Metroid II: Return of Samus[edit | edit source]

Amurol Trading Cards[edit | edit source]

  • The Amurol card #5 of 14, which provides tips for Return of Samus, actually contains a tip for the Stage 4 Cloud Maze in Kirby's Dream Land. This is most likely an unintentional misprint rather than a deliberate reference.

Super Metroid[edit | edit source]

  • The Shinespark is based on an attack of the same name from the mecha anime, Getter Robo G.
  • The Gadora enemy that first appears in this game has several similarities to the final boss from Kid Icarus, Medusa.[1]
  • The Tatori, Jr. in Maridia resemble Buzzy Beetles from the Mario series.[2]
  • The Moon Walk, named after Michael Jackson's dance move of the same name, appears in this game as a technique.[3]

Super Metroid manga[edit | edit source]

The comic, New Summer Night's Dream, is a reference to Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Super Metroid Japanese strategy guide[edit | edit source]

The reading A Bridge Too Far is named after a non-fiction book by Cornelius Ryan. The reading is based on a room in the game, the "n00b bridge".

Metroid Fusion[edit | edit source]

Metroid Prime[edit | edit source]

Metroid (Magazine Z manga)[edit | edit source]

  • A man resembling Mario can be seen on the left hand side of the panel where Samus learns that the Chozo have arrived. The character has a hat, gloves, overalls, round nose, boots, mustache and holds a wrench.
  • Federation Army Special Ops Battleship VIXIV IV is named after another vessel in the Sakamoto-produced Japanese Game Boy game, X, (predecessor to the Star Fox series) called "Space Tank VIXIV" which departs from an overpopulated Earth in the year XXXX to investigate Tetamus 2. An enhanced version of the vessel also appears in the DSiWare sequel, X-Scape. It is accompanied by a droid called "VIX-529."

Metroid: Zero Mission[edit | edit source]

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes[edit | edit source]

  • The game's concept of light/dark duality is commonly compared to that of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. In fact, Retro Studios was assisted by the creators of that game.
    • The backstory of Dark Aether being formed from a celestial body colliding with Aether was also similar to the premise of the Super Mario Bros. movie.
  • The Sanctuary Fortress rain may have been inspired by the Matrix digital rain.
  • The Phazon bullets strategy against Dark Samus in the final battle against her resembles Dead Man's Volley from The Legend of Zelda series.
  • Both the Shredder and the Dark Shredder resemble Peahats from The Legend of Zelda series.[4]
  • Amorbis is similar to the Graboid from Tremors.[5]
  • Sandiggers resemble Lanmolas from A Link to the Past.[6]
  • The Grenchlers resemble Shriekers from Tremors 2: Aftershocks.[7]

Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether[edit | edit source]

  • Jeff McCloud's surname is a possible reference to Fox McCloud from the Star Fox series.

Metroid Prime Hunters[edit | edit source]

The Raven Blade enemy.

  • He also controls like the Goron from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption[edit | edit source]

  • Excite Truck - Orange X over monster truck.
  • Wii Sports - Wii Sports logo.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Triforce emblem on Link's shield and in various parts of Hyrule.
  • WarioWare: Smooth Moves - Wario's eyes, nose and moustache, the typical WarioWare logo.
  • Wii Play - Wii Play logo.
  • Super Paper Mario - Paper Mario's head.
  • Mario Party 8 - Star emblem.
  • Super Mario Galaxy - Mario "M" symbol.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Smash Ball symbol.

Metroid Prime Trilogy[edit | edit source]

  • The Ship Bumper Stickers return in this game, as well as other cameos from Prime, Echoes and Corruption.

Metroid: Other M[edit | edit source]

The Ninja Gaiden test stage.

Skultera Gallery Mode artwork. (English translation)

  • Among the unused stage models in the game is the first boss arena from Ninja Gaiden II, complete with textures for the helipad and helicopter, but no tower. It was used to test the realtime motion cutscene animations. [1]
  • Concept art for the Skultera features a drawing with their mouths open, saying "Buy something will ya!" This is also a line from the first Zelda game.
  • The creatures known as Pow bear an almost identical resemblance to Navi of the Legend of Zelda series.[10]
  • The music in the ending cutscene where Samus leaves the Bottle Ship is similar to the theme of Kalisto from the French film The Rain Children. It was composed by Didier Lockwood. [2]

TV Commercial :60 Spot[edit | edit source]

  • The final line delivered by Samus, "What's past is prologue," is from William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Here, Samus is comparing herself to Antonio and Sebastian, stating that her past could not have produced any result other than combat with her enemies.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force[edit | edit source]

Promotional image.

References[edit | edit source]

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