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Zoomer (ジーマ Jeema ) is a species of semi-spherical, hard-shelled creatures with spikes along their backs.
- 1 Description
- 2 Connection to the Geemer
- 3 Locations
- 4 Other appearances
- 5 Official data
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Gallery
- 8 References
Zoomers are the first creatures ever encountered in the series. They originally only appeared in two colors: yellow and red. Zoomers are found on a wide variety of planets, with various distinct physical features and adaptations. For example, the Zoomers located on Tallon IV have gray shells and 18 eyes. Zoomers in the Tetra Galaxy have a body type similar to Tallon IV Zoomers, but with reddish carapaces and two eyes similar to Zebesian Zoomers.
In all of its incarnations, the simple-minded Zoomer is capable only of walking in set patterns. It will not directly attack Samus: she must instead accidentally or intentionally touch one in order to take damage. As such, they exclusively feed on corpses of other creatures instead of attacking live ones.
The more resilient Geemers are an evolutionary offshoot of the Zoomer family. They often share habitats and can be found on the same planets. By extension, Nintendo Official Guidebook for Metroid Other M also establishes Snomers and Sovas to be other related species.
Connection to the Geemer
The original Metroid for the Family Computer Disk System introduced the species named ジーマ, which was renamed "Zoomer" when the game was localized for the Nintendo Entertainment System. When Super Metroid was released, the species's Japanese name remained unchanged, but its English name was changed to "Geemer", a more accurate romanization of the Japanese name. The internal data of Super Metroid still refers to Geemers as "Zoomer", but all official published media adopted the new "Geemer" name. Several other species, such as Menu and Sova, likewise had their names changed, with the new name effectively retconning the old name.
However, Metroid Prime reconciled the old "Zoomer" and new "Geemer" names by canonically establishing both as related species of single evolutionary family. This distinction is continued through subsequent English releases of the 2D Metroid games. When Metroid was remade as Metroid: Zero Mission and later ported to the Game Boy Advance as part of the Classic NES Series, these appearances retain the old "Zoomer" name; similarly, when Nintendo of America tweeted Metroid artwork for its 35th anniversary, this species was once again called "Zoomer". Furthermore, its appearance in Metroid: Other M, which is based on its Super Metroid design, uses the new "Geemer" name. Therefore, while the Japanese canon considers Zoomers and Geemers to be the same species with the same name (except in the Prime series), the English canon considers them separate species with distinct names.
However, this means that untranslated Japanese media (such as Victory Techniques for Metroid or Metroid: Zebes Invasion Order) will always refer to the species as ジーマ, which can refer to either Zoomers or Geemers. In this instance, the media's context will be factored in when determining whether the creature should be considered a Zoomer or Geemer. For example, since Zebes Invasion Order is based upon the original game (which only featured Zoomers), then its creatures will be considered Zoomers.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Zero Mission artwork of a Zoomer is referred to as a Geemer, which unfortunately muddles the previously-established distinction between Geemers and Zoomers in the 2D games. However, material directly from the Metroid series should be considered "more canon" than Super Smash Bros., which is known to make a few factual errors.
Metroid Prime Hunters
In Deceit Du Jour, there is a talking red Zoomer serving Mother Brain on board the mechanical asteroid, Metroid. Unlike the canonical Metroid series, this Zoomer is depicted as sapient, and is able to speak and hold a blaster.
Another red Zoomer appeared on the cover of a Captain N: The Game Master issue. One purple Zoomer is a prisoner of RX 338, while a red Zoomer is among the enemies attacking Kid Icarus in A King of Shreds and Patches.
Zoomers are featured prominently in the Catch Mode of Tetris DS.
"These fierce little creatures spray sticky fluid from their feet so they can move along the floor or up and down walls. There are two kinds: red zoomers and less powerful yellow zoomers."
Victory Techniques for Metroid
"This organism excretes a mucus from its legs while crawling on the rocks. The yellow Zoomer can be destroyed with two shots from the normal beam. The red ones are destroyed with four."
CHARACTERS (p. 54)
- "The first enemy Samus meets. He approaches by crawling along the floors and walls."
Anchors itself to walls and other surfaces. Avoid contact with spikes.
A basic nerve center located directly above the Zoomer's mandibles detects nutrients. Sharp spines protect it from casual predators, but the lack of a reinforced carapace makes the Zoomer vulnerable to any indirect attacks.
Unused Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Logbook entry
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Armored nomadic scavenger.
Spines on creature can cause minor damage. Shell vulnerable to attack from multiple weapon systems.
A basic nerve center located directly above the Zoomer's mandibles detects nutrients.
Sharp spines protect it from casual predators, but the lack of a reinforced carapace makes the Zoomer vulnerable to any indirect attacks.
Official Metroid Prime website
"Zoomers anchor themselves to walls and other surfaces. Basic nerve centers located directly above the mandibles are able to detect nutrients which the Zoomers digest. Sharp spines protect them from casual predators, but the lack of a reinforced carapace makes them vulnerable to more persistent foes.
The Zoomer is protected by a spiny shell which covers a basic nerve center located directly above the mandibles."
Metroid: Zero Mission manual
"These fierce little creatures excrete a sticky liquid from their feet, allowing them to move up, down, and across floors, walls, and ceilings. There are two kinds of Zoomers: red ones and yellow ones. Red ones are much more powerful."
Official Metroid Zero Mission website
- "Pointed spikes"
- "Gripping legs"
- "Razor-sharp teeth"
"SPECIMEN ID# X-7260 Wide leg-span and gripping nature of feet allows specimen to easily climb rock formations. Rock-crushing teeth suggests creature feeds on nutrients found in soil and ore. Exterior spikes are defensive in nature, but can be used to immobilize enemies. DANGER LEVEL: MODERATE."
- Zoomers somewhat resemble Spinies, from the Super Mario series, and are even referred to as Spiny in Nintendo Power Volume 29. They also behave almost identically to Spike Tops, another enemy from the Super Mario series.
- In the original Metroid game, Zoomers had tentacles as limbs. In all later titles, they are depicted with insectoid legs.
- A Zoomer is depicted on the Metroid Trucker Cap.
- Zoomers were planned to appear in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes but were cut from the final game.
- There is a small glitch in Metroid Prime and the New Play Control! Metroid Prime: if a Zoomer is hit with a glancing shot from the Ice Beam, it will freeze in place, but the ice frames won't cover it.
- There is a flaw in the Zoomer AI in the original Metroid. If the object the Zoomer is standing on is destroyed, the Zoomer continually spins in place, as the AI is constantly rotating by -90°. This is fixed in Metroid: Zero Mission, as the Zoomer unceremoniously falls to the floor.
- Creatures closely resembling Zoomers appear in the Captain N: The Game Master episode Germ Wars. However, the episode is based upon the game Faxanadu, which features similarly spiny enemies called Zozuras, making it uncertain whether these creatures were actually intended to be Zoomers.
Captain N appearances
- ^ a b Nintendo of America (NintendoAmerica). "Here’s some of the original art of the characters and creatures from Metroid, including Ridley who looks much different than the version you may know most recently from Super #SmashBrosUltimate. ¶ - Samus ¶ - Ridley ¶ - Kraid ¶ - Zoomer" 6 August 2021 9:30 a.m. Tweet. https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/1423637512401133577
- ^ Metroid: Other M Premiere Edition
- ^ Nintendo Power volume 29, page 40: "To reach the energy tank in the ceiling near the starting room, shoot it, freeze a Spiny or Skree about half way to the tank, jump onto the frozen creature and then jump to the energy tank."
- ^ http://tcrf.net/Metroid_Prime_2:_Echoes
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