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Mother Brain Revealed As An Enormous Super Smash Bros. Assist Trophy

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Mother NO!

If Samus in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. is ultimately going to be heavily influenced by the design from Metroid: Other M, then perhaps she'll be less the silent and deadly hunter from the Metroid Prime Trilogy and more prone to flashbacks, fearing the past and generally being full of angst. The latest assist trophy may, then, send our hero into lengthy monotone reminiscences of battles from the past.

As you can see below, Masahiro Sakurai has used his Miiverse Director's Room to reveal Mother Brain as a rather large assist trophy.

Sakurai-san is clearly excited about this one, judging by the text accompanying the new screenshot:

Pic of the day. Housed within the Control Capsule! Protected by Rinkas! Eyeball armed with a Laser Brain Attack!! The massive Assist Trophy Mother Brain joins the collection!!

Of the assist trophies seen so far, this has to be up their as one of our favourites; it sure looks deadly. Let us know what you think of it in the comments below.


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CaviarMeths said:

Considering how much of the designs from Other M are the influence here for Samus, stages, and trophies, I don't think Nintendo really considers Metroid as "dead" as a lot of fanboys do.



2Sang said:

Cool. At first thought it was a boss, but I guess an assist trophy is cool too.



Zemus-DJ said:

Lol, look at Mario just hiding behind mother brain! This is just pure awesome



Spoony_Tech said:

Don't ask me why but this is the ONLY Smash Bros. related story i've clicked on since this site started posting pics! Love me some Metroid in my Smash!



rjejr said:

This is the first pic I've seen that really makes me want to see a video of it in action. Its so big it has to have some great accompanying music and sound effects for that death ray. Does it drop in and shake the ground or pop in small and grow? How does it leave?



citizenerased said:

It's a shame Nintendo doesn't really seem to consider Retro's titles to be canon, because they have much nicer designs IMO.



Auracle said:

Huh, Mother B isn't even looking at Samus while she's beaming her to death. I wonder what she is looking at...

Samus: Mother, time to...
(gets hit with death ray)
Mother Brain: Not now Samus! I'm trying to watch my soaps!
Mario: Dat cerebellum...



Volmun said:

YAY! Been wanting to see MB in 3D for a long time now! (That 1 bit in Other M and the Arurua Units in Prime 3 dont count)



Whopper744 said:

Now that's a cool assist trophy! Didn't know Mario was the evil mastermind behind Morher Brain though.



LtAldoRaine said:

Mother Brain is cool,but I hope they remember that Metroid Prime is a thing that exists. I know Sakurai is Japanese and they aren't very fond of Prime in there,but they have to think about the fans in the rest of the world. Prime is chock full of beatifully design areas ,there should be at least a Prime based stage.



NintyMan said:

This is easily my favorite Pic of the Day this week. It' always exciting to see a new assist trophy, and Mother Brain is an excellent choice. She looks really deadly here. I'm really liking the selection of assist trophies so far.

And to those saying Sakurai's been neglecting the Metroid Prime series, you obviously don't remember Frigate Orpheon and Meta Ridley in Brawl, along with plenty other references.

Thinking of Ridley, I want to see Sakurai finally reveal whether he's a stage hazard or playable character.



JacketsNest101 said:

@RupeeClock The Other M version isn't actually Mother Brain, she was more a copy. Also, the name would be MB, not Mother Brain. I do hope they use the Metroid Queen though, that was an awesome fight.



JacketsNest101 said:

@C-Olimar Personally, I would agree, but that may not do so well critically. Although, I absolutely loved Other M, so I'm probably in the minority here.



LtAldoRaine said:

@DestinyMan Frigate Orpheon was one of the main reasons I think they don't care about Prime. It was a ridiculously generic stage. It's like they just played the beginning of Prime and just made some stage kind of based on it. Metroid Prime has so many better areas than that. Meta Ridley was alright,I guess.



Monkeh said:

That beam attack looks very nice! Kinda has this anime feel to it when looking at Samus getting hit.



FritzFrapp said:

Really hope that's not the last we see of Metroid on Wii U and that Sakamoto is working on the next game in the series with the help of Intelligent Systems.



retro_player_22 said:

If there's a character who is totally perfect as an assist trophy, Mother Brain is that character. This is awesome, she even have those floating rings orbiting her too (good for fooling poor oh Sonic the Hedgehog).



Expa0 said:

As a huge 2D Metroid fan I approve.

Now, Ridley playable character please.



Giygas_95 said:

@Zemus-DJ Mario was the one who made Mother Brain all along!!!

@True_Hero Hah, made me laugh!

What would be interesting is if the player that gets the assist trophy had to smash the containment tank before Mother would do anything. If the player didn't do it quickly enough, they'd lose their chance.



FluttershyGuy said:

Yippie kai yay, Mother Brain.

The only thing wrong with this awesomeness is how badly it makes me want a new classic 2D Metroid title! I'm not about to hold my breath for that at this point any more than I would for new Star Fox, or F-Zero.



I-U said:

Don't like the troll on Other M fans in the article, but this is some great news to see Mother Brain active in the next Smash Brothers. First really exciting news I've heard of the game since Rosalina's reveal. Getting sick of seeing Retro fanboys whine about the Prime Trilogy not being the only Metroid games Nintendo cares about. There's plenty of cool material beyond those games, including within Other M, in the Metroid Series. Love what they've been doing with Metroid for this game, love it even more after all the arguments for the past 3+ years.



earthboundlink said:

Thought I was the only one who liked Other M. Glad to see others liked it. I thought the story was a little overwrought, and Samus a little too emo, but the gameplay was pretty cool and interesting, and once I got used to the environments, they really grew on me.

That said, I do like the Prime games better. Pretty much the only first-person style series I've ever really been into beyond the Goldeneye multiplayer on 64.

Am I allowed to like both?



Senate_Guard said:

Why Mother Brain?...

I'm glad we're getting more Metroid love, but someone like Kraid or Metroid Prime (core form) would've made more sense; at least they're not an immobile organ in a giant jar.



Soulixius said:

Since Mother Brain is now an assist trophy, I hope to see that Dark Samus will be one too. I know that people want her (or it) to be a playable character, but seeing her as an assist trophy would be more suitable. Well, in my opinion. If any Metroid character deserves to be playable in the next Super Smash Bros. title, then it should be Sylux.



BAGBOY said:

@Austroid It sure was a clever decision on sakurai's behalf, as it looks astonishing on wii u graphics. Mother brain was chosen because she is clearly samus nemesis (along with ridley) on the original metroid games, she is immobile, but she clearly will attack everything that moves as shown on the pic. I really don't understand the complaint.



Senate_Guard said:

@BAGBOY Mother Brain's been pretty obsolete since Super Metroid. Appearing only in a remake of the NES original and a cliché android plot device in Other M since.

Ridley's done much more than her, and has been in most of the games following Super Metroid. He's truly become Samus' arch-nemesis.

Besides nostalgia for older gamers, this seems a bit random. Before you say the same for Kraid; he was going to appear in Prime 1 along with Ridley. So its not as if Super Metroid would've been his last real appearance.



BAGBOY said:

@Austroid I get that but that is the main point of super smash brothers, revive something you believed dead or as you say "obsolete", like pit and the ice climbers for example. Ridley sure beats mother brain in terms of doing more, the metroid prime trilogy is an example of that.

I am glad sakurai is bringing her back as she/it looks amazing as an assist trophy.



LtAldoRaine said:

@I-U I don't think anyone wants any part of the franchise ignored. I personally think that they should care at least a bit about Prime,not ignore the rest of the franchise entirely. I was annoyed how Prime had so many fantastic areas and they picked the most generic one for Brawl. I just hope they don't pick Magmoor Caverns and just make another lava sinking level out of it.



Senate_Guard said:

@BAGBOY I see your point.

But I personally feel as though Sakurai just skims over Metroid in Smash. Samus (as far as we know) is still the only rep, most of the series' levels have been lava/acid pit areas, and there's only been one Metroid-related item.

The Prime series added so much to the franchise, and all we really got in Brawl was one stage and some trophies; Prime 3 was completely ignored and unmentioned.

If this is the extent of "new or returning" we'll be seeing for the series, I'll be disappointed.



BAGBOY said:

@Austroid I agree with you on that point, metroid prime 3 corruption was a 10/10 game, I was doubtful motion controls would suit metroid prime, man was I wrong, I even sold my prime 1 and 2 gamecube copies in favor of the wii trilogy disc. It is the definitive modern metroid game, no doubts there.

Dark samus is the perfect candidate for being another assist trophy, and I agree there must be another metroid item like the power bomb, speed booster, or anything like that.

Yeah, nintendo shoving aside this franchise in particular saddens me, even more than star fox. I really expect sakurai to include a second metroid arena like he did in brawl, we all metroid fans expect to see a prime 3 arena as well on this game.



YorkshireNed said:

Wow! I'd not seen any of the other assist trophies but this looks hard to beat. Still play the Wii Smash Bros all the time. Must make sure I get my Wii U before this one drops [don't know if I'd want it for my 3ds?]



retro_player_22 said:


Kraid already got his chance in a Super Smash Bros. game, he had a background cameo appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee in the stage where he constantly rotate the level. Also Mother Brain isn't just an immobile organ in a giant jar, didn't you play Super Metroid? After the jar breaks she transform into a mutant monster and use the Hyper Beam on Samus before the baby Metroid larvae saved her (Samus). Mother Brain could indeed be made playable with her Super Metroid final form, Sakurai just think it isn't time to make her playable yet in the series.



WaxxyOne said:

Freaking awesome. Now if only they add the Motherbrain and Metroid assist trophies to fight each other as an easter egg.



Senate_Guard said:

@BAGBOY No, Prime 3 is an 11/10 game.

I did the same with my Gamecube copies of Prime 1 and 2 also! The Trilogy collection is definitely the definitive way of playing the Prime games. I stand by the idea that Wii's control scheme is the best for FPAs or FPSs; it feels so natural.

Here's hoping we see more Prime stages and Dark Samus in some form or another in Smash 4.

@retro_player_22 There's no way her monster form would ever be playable. You just can't shrink something like that, as opposed to Ridley; who varied in size throughout the series. That'd be like having Giga Bowser as a permanent form be playable.

Kraid was in Melee, yes (probably my favorite Metroid stage in Melee) but why should only that be "his chance?" The guy's been on hold for the longest time.



retro_player_22 said:


Remember that Mother Brain is just that, a brain, I'm sure Nintendo or Sakurai himself could find a way to put that brain of her into a smaller movable form if they ever plan her to be playable. The only way Kraid could ever be playable is if they used his fake form which is much smaller than his true form otherwise they could just bring back that rotating stage from Melee and revamped it for SSB4. You could tell Kraid is large, so large that we only seen his foot in the SNES box art. Putting Kraid in the game is like putting Godzilla in a Street Fighter game, it's just too big. It kinda surprise me that Kraid wasn't in Brawl Subspace Emissary though as he would be perfect as a boss character rather than a playable character.



Senate_Guard said:

@retro_player_22 I was never talking about Kraid being playable though, just that it'd be more interesting if he were the new assist trophy instead of Mother Brain; due to his long-awaited return ever since his Melee cameo and Zero Mission appearance, about a decade ago at the least.



ValentineMeikin said:

I have to ask this...

WiiU Only, Nintendo? Or will 3DS owners get to drop the universe's most evil cranium on their enemies?



ompgsag said:

imo this is a good sign of ridley being a playable character, or at least something more than an assist trophy. if sakurai were to reveal a metroid assist trophy, you would think that ridley would be the top choice, since he's more popular. but instead we get mother brain

just a sign though, a small one

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