1. Tech

    This Papercraft Samus Aran is Almost Seven Feet Tall

    If you've been waiting all your life to see a 6'10 papercraft Samus Aran, today is the day your dreams come true and you'll have to find some new dreams. Flickr user IAmThatOneGuy made this awesome, tall Samus figure out of nothing but paper and glue. He used the Samus model from Metroid Prime 2, of the stellar Metroid Prime trilogy. Unfortunately, rolling this Samus into a ball would pretty much be irreparable. Head on past the break for some more pictures of this gargantuan paper Samus.

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  2. Gaming

    Life-Size Metroid’s Samus Aran Made From Various Nintendo Cartridges

    Originally commissioned for used games retailer JJGames, Metroid's Samus Aran has been recreated using Nintendo cartridges from a few of their older systems, including the Game Boy, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, and the Nintendo 64. The seller is claiming the piece is life-size, and measures Samus in at around 5 feet 8 inches, accounting for her diagonal pose. If you act quickly, the piece can be yours via electronic bidding magic.

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  3. Gaming

    Pixelated Metroid Cosplay is Way Better Than Sexy Metroid Cosplay

    Metroid's Samus Aran is a popular cosplay character, partly because Samus was the first iconic female video game character who wasn't a helpless princess, partly because Samus is awesome and you know it, and partly because pretty girls like to dress up as various incarnations of Samus -- one of which happens to be Samus in a blue leotard with long blond hair -- and this is the Internet. Dan Cattell and Krystal Belcher, however, took the cosplay in a different direction. Krystal dressed up as the pixelated Samus of old when she made her bones in a big suit of armor rather than a leotard (not counting a certain famous cheat code), and when her gender didn't matter, which is what made it matter.

    Along with Krystal as the retro Samus, Cattell whipped up and hopped into a pixelated Chozo, the iconic keepers of Samus' suit and weapon upgrades. The cosplay is featured in the latest issue of Nintendo Power, a magazine you may be surprised to hear is still around.

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  4. Gaming

    Crash Metroid On Your Nintendo 3DS By Inputting Curse Words Into the Password Entry

    The original Metroid's password entry screen is something of a legend, sporting one of the most historically important codes related to gaming, though always overshadowed by the Konami code. Any true Metroid will tell tales of Justin Bailey, a password when entered into the top row of the entry followed by a row of dashes underneath, will allow players to start the game with gaming's matriarch Samus in a leotard (rather than her iconic orange Power Suit), with almost all of the power-ups in the game, and drops her off in Norfair, an area in the game further away than the natural starting point.

    I remember messing around with the password input when I was younger, trying to find new codes to give me neat things, but eventually I'd just input gibberish or my name. For some reason, I never thought to put curse words, which one would assume a young child who thinks he's funny would do. Playing Metroid on a Nintendo 3DS, having obtained the game through the 3DS Ambassador program, YouTube user grandmaster101587458 found that inputting naughty words crashes the game and the 3DS. The crash is reportedly temporary, but at a glance does look like the 3DS has bricked. The crash is alleged to be carried over from the original Metroid's cursing prevention. Head on past the break to watch a video of the crash in action, and yes, there will be some NSFW text.

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  5. Gaming

    We Didn’t Get a Metroid for Nintendo 64 Because the Creator Didn’t Know How to Use the Controller

    Yoshio Sakamoto, co-creator of the Metroid franchise, told GamesTM in an interview that a followup on the Nintendo 64 to the universally loved Super Metroid didn't happen because he couldn't figure out how to use the N64's controller.

    This isn't even an exaggeration:

    "I was actually thinking about the possibility of making a Metroid game for N64 but I felt that I shouldn't be the one making the game. When I held the N64 controller in my hands I just couldn't imagine how it could be used to move Samus around. So for me it was just too early to personally make a 3D Metroid at that time."

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  6. Gaming

    (Mostly) Live Action Ad for Metroid: Other M

    In an unusual move for them these days, Nintendo has created a mostly live action ad for the imminent release of Metroid: Other M, the latest game to feature the armor plated, ball-morphing bounty hunter Samus Aran. It's pretty, has a brooding voice over, and features a lot of slow motion... To be honest, if everybody's just going to take the Halo 3: ODST advertising route, we're perfectly okay with that. Video below:

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  7. Gaming

    Amazing: Play Super Mario Bros. as Mega Man, Samus, and More, Right Here!

    While it may not pass Roger Ebert's muster, anyone who has played a video game since the dawn of Pong will be hard-pressed not to call Exploding Rabbit's Jay Pavlina's flash game Super Mario Bros. Crossover a work of art. The game allows the player to play the entirety of the classic Super Mario Bros., but do so using some of the greatest characters in video game history as well as the mustachioed plumber. The ridiculous thrill one gets when using a warp pipe while playing as Mega Man, Samus, Link, [Contra's] Bill R., or [Castlevania's] Simon has to be felt to be believed. Pardon the hyperbole, but it's true. Fortunately, Pavlina has been nice enough to allow us to embed an updated version of his baby so you can play it right here. Take a turn at it after the jump!

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  8. Gaming

    Metroid: Other M Trailer: Beyond First-Person Shooterland

    I'll be the first to say that I'm not into the pointless FPS-ification of the beloved side-scrollers of our past, which is why Metroid Prime just always seemed kinda off to me, despite a lot of people liking it. Maybe the memory of reading Nintendo Power's mini-guide to Super Metroid and grappling with the then-awesome 16-bit boss fights would've made me impossible to please either way, but it just felt gimmicky to try to cram the old, established mythology into yet another first-person shooter shell.

    Which is why the newly-released Metroid: Other M teaser trailer, with snippets of gameplay footage, is such a breath of fresh air:

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