Samus Aran's "New Gunship" is a new, Galactic Federation-made gunship introduced in Metroid Fusion, after the destruction of Samus's original Gunship. She is given the new ship ahead of her mission aboard the Biologic Space Laboratories research station.
In the opening sequence of Fusion, Samus's iconic gunship crashes into an asteroid belt after she loses consciousness due to an X Parasite infection. After she escapes and recovers from the X thanks to a Metroid vaccine, she is given a new ship by the Galactic Federation, on the condition that Samus follow the orders of the computerized CO. Samus lands her Gunship in the Docking Bays of the station's Main Deck, where it remains for the rest of the game. She can return to it to save and replenish her energy and ammunition, as with her previous Gunship, and she can also repeat the CO's briefings.
During her mission, Samus encounters the Dachoras and Etecoons that had assisted her during her last mission on Zebes. Adam later asks Samus to return to the ship, where he informs her that the creatures have boarded the ship. He explains that after he verified that the creatures were not X hosts, he gave them a berth and decided to keep them safe.
At the end of the game, Samus sets off the station's propulsion system. She races back to the Docking Bays only to find her ship missing and an Omega Metroid present. Shortly after defeating the creature, the ship returns and she boards it, escaping the station shortly before it collides with SR388. Samus will most likely continue to use this ship in any future games taking place after Fusion.
Appearance and SchematicsEdit
Though there are few specifics available on the new ship, there are several noticeable external differences. The new ship is colored purple with a blue-toned, almost honeycomb-like glass window, as well as wings with tips that split in half. When landing, these wingtips extend downwards as landing gear instead of the ship landing on its belly or hovering above the ground. The ship takes on a more aerodynamic, birdlike look.
The most important feature of the new ship is an on-board computer which Samus nicknames Adam after her late Commanding Officer, Adam Malkovich. The computer takes the role of her new CO, issuing her commands through various Navigation Rooms on the BSL station. By the end of the game, Adam (the computer) has begun to speak to her like Adam Malkovich, whose personality, Samus learns, had been uploaded to a computer before his death.
Samus does not enter this ship through a hatch on top; instead, she stands underneath it and a beam automatically comes down and pulls her in. This is shared with the ship Samus uses in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Metroid Prime: Federation Force, and her original Gunship in Metroid: Other M, all of which use a lowering hatch. The new ship's official artwork of the ship reveals that the ship's wings are shaped more like a fighter jet's in that they jut backward instead of forwards, as with the wings of Samus's Corruption ship.
According to Samus in the end game, the ship lacked an autopilot feature, which left her bewildered as to how the ship could have escaped the Omega Metroid on its own. She briefly wonders if it is possible that Adam had somehow guided the ship from beyond the grave, before the computerized Adam revealed that the Etecoons and Dachoras had piloted the vessel.
- Although never depicted on-screen, it is possible that the ship had high-caliber weapons on board, as the hangar door in the Docking Bays was destroyed at the end of the game. Alternatively, the Omega Metroid may have wrecked the door after the ship escaped.