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Fresh Super Smash Bros. Screens Show Zero Suit Samus in Action

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Stop pointing that gun at Luigi!

Another week has almost passed, which means we're getting ever closer to the arrival of Super Smash Bros., which hits the 3DS this Summer and Wii U in Winter 2014. There's electricity in the air as the hype builds, though not literally... obviously.

But still, Nintendo is doing plenty of work to make sure that we continue to salivate over the prospect of the upcoming games. As well as the daily posts from Masahiro Sakurai on Miiverse, the increasingly popular official Facebook page, which has over one million Likes, continues to post regularly. Today's effort is a welcome one, as it includes five impressive screenshots of Zero Suit Samus in action. She shows some neat moves with her jet boots, though looks positively murderous in one of the 3DS screens - poor Luigi!

Check them out below and let us know what you think.

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Blast said:

Wow. This game looks awesome. Even though I understand about releasing the Wii U version later... this still sucks. I have a 3DS, too but I wanna play this game on a freaking console.



NintyMan said:

These were screenshots posted a week or so ago along with tons of others. They all look gorgeous, though.



Dark-Luigi said:

Meh, they look great escpiecally the third one, but I'm no a fan of the "New" samus.



Handy_Man said:

I didn't really know anyone who actually used ZSS in Brawl, so I'm not sure why she's getting so much attention now for Super Smash Bros. 4.



RupeeClock said:

Shortly after the Smash Bros direct, a press kit containing 247 screenshots was released.

And after that, yet another press kit was released with 212 further screenshots prominently featuring Zero Suit Samus, Yoshi, Sheik, Charizard and Greninja, more of which feature 3DS screenshots.
The five ZSS screenshots you see in this article came from this second press kit.



Heiki said:

The game looks so much better on Wii U. I'm not sure if I'm going to pick up the 3DS version.



MrKenta said:

She looks so much better on the 3DS version without that metallic sheen on her suit and hair.
Much more like what the Zero Suit is actually supposed to look like.



Xjarnold said:

@Luigifan141 unfortunately Nintendo wants to further ruin samus image by appealing to the raging young male adult stereotype wants.
I tell you, every "zero suit" screenshot I see makes me want to punch Nintendo in the face for sexualizing one of my favorite video game characters



Tlink7 said:

@Xtremetdifan You do realize that there already is a not-in-any-way-sexual version of Samus right? The one in the suit? Plus Samus has always been sexualized when not in the suit, as DreamyViridi pointed out...



ChessboardMan said:

@PvtOttobot It's probably something to do with the Strategy of releasing a finished game, though I suppose you could argue they could delay both versions rather than release the 3DS one first?



Handy_Man said:

@TopLaytonsHat Sorta. I know she's designed to be sexy, but she's been getting much more attention about her jet-powered heels, which is just as trivial and unimportant as Yoshi standing up right instead of hunched over.



sketchturner said:

Metroid is my favorite series, but I can't stand the objectification of Samus. I know it's been present since the very first game, but I wish it would just stop. Plus it bothered me less as lame looking pixels compared to once it got more graphically detailed.



TheWindWaker said:

@PvtOttobot @ChessboardMan I think the reason they decided to hold off on the Wii U version is for people, like myself, who had no intention of getting the 3DS version. However, because summer is so close and winter feels so far away, I will end up getting both versions simply because I am ready to play some smash bros. I wonder how many people will buy both that would have only bought the Wii U version? That's my guess on their reasoning.



TheWindWaker said:

It seems as though Nintendo realized with ZSS that they have a character in their lineup who appeals to "mature" audiences and can compete with the abundance of similar content found on other consoles. For instance, when I picked up Mass Effect 3 for Wii U (which of course was on other consoles before Nintendo) I noticed that all the female characters have the same "body type" as ZSS does now. I suspect that they are highlighting ZSS this time around to show the world that they can be just as edgy as other brands.



acidtechnologic said:

@luckybreak Agreed. Adding high heels made it worse. She could've had rocket boots that didn't come in heels, imo. Also her breasts are way too emphasized, surprisingly enough for a nintendo game.



tzahn said:

These look great, now all we need are some more 3rd party character announcements. Here are some logical choices:
1. Farmer from Harvest Moon. His skills with tools would put the AC Villager to shame and his turnip harvesting skills would make even Princess Peach blush!
2. Aero the Acrobat. Who wouldn't want to play as another obscure 90's platformer?
3. Cormano from Sunset Riders. Just cuz.

Really though, I think one of the Belmonts would be sweet and so would Firebrand, but he'd probably be redundant now with Charizard.



Jazzer94 said:

@Xtremetdifan Samus has been sexualised since the start heck this was a players reward for beating the original fast.
Super Metroid:

She is wearing less then her zero suit form so this isn't anything new.



Melkac said:

@Jazzer94 Are you going to continue using that argument? They needed to make it clear to young players that Samus was a woman, which wasn't a well known fact (it wasn't known at all) back then.
If it makes you feel better, she only started using a less "sexualized" in Fusion, where she used trunks and a sports bra.



Jazzer94 said:

@Melkac That could have been accomplished with Samus wearing more then she is in both pics, Samus has always had a an hour glass shape and large assets so his argument was weak.



TheClockworkB said:

@Xtremetdifan @luckybreak

OMG I know right!! They are giving a WOMEN BOOBS!!! OMG STOP NINTENDO/sacrasm

Lol come on guys, really?

Look at the previous version of Samus. In the Super Smash version and other M version of Zero Suit samus, she is wearing much more clothes than her previous version. So Xtremetdifan, I ask the following. If Nintendo has ruined Samus' image with the Zero Suit of Super Smash, what would you say about the previous ones where her body is much more uncovered?

I really don't get how you guys can say she is being objectified. Sexualized? Arguably. But objectified? Haha no! To objectify is to treat someone without regard for their dignity. Let's see. By making this version of Zero Suit Samus, did Sakurai strip her of her dignity? No. Did he make her weak? No. Did he make her a slave to men? No. Did he make her weaker than her previous entry? NO he even changed her moveset and made her stronger!! He DID NOT strip her of her dignity. Check what the words you are about to use actually mean before using them.



Xjarnold said:

Sheesh I didn't mean to start an argument, all I did was answer why Nintendo's added zss as her own character, and gave my opinion. I understand why there's zss I just don't like it, its one thing with 2D sprites but fully fledged 3-D models is another. While im sure people will still hate on my comment and say "samus has always been sexualized"-which I do understand... as for imaature comments blantly ignoring my point I mean what do you want me to say?
I gave my opinion and if you disagree with it, well good 4 you. I'm not saying take her out the game I just gave my thoughts



Yorumi said:

This is one of those things where it's more about the degree than the single act. It's a bit of a stretch to say "oh they used a pixelated image for a brief moment at the end of a game therefore we should sexualize her as much as possible."

They're basically saying "the only reason females exist in video games is for breasts and heels." It's a bit annoying they've been almost pretending samus in the suit doesn't exist and the only thing anyone cares about is sexual nature of her. To me specifically because nintendo appeals to a younger audience with its games they should be setting an example not telling everyone women are sex objects.



B3ND3R said:

Loving all these people in a tizzy over Samus' upgrade... Seriously? Begging for Bayonetta in Smash but getting upset over a slight re-design to a character in order to make her cooler and more "powerful looking" is like crying fowl over Senran Kagura but loving Dead or Alive Beach Volleyball... Congrats guys, you don't make sense.



SecondServing said:

I'm all for Samus being a sexy beast, but it the thirstiness of the Nintendo community shows everytime a pic of ZSS is posted, I mean damn son!



AlbertoC said:

These screenshots are completely astounding. Take a look at the last Wii U screenshot up there. Wow.



NintyMan said:

Wish this article would show a few screens of the other characters as well. Charizard just looks cool! Also, I guess I should've seen the Samus sex argument rise up again.



LtAldoRaine said:

OK, I won't say they're not sexualizing Samus, because they are, but why people just complain about women being sexualized? Captain Falcon will appear with a outfit so tight that you can see his six-pack through it. And I'm sure nobody will complain.

It's the same thing with movies. Last year there was minor controversy over a scene in Star Trek Into Darkness where Carol Marcus pointlessly shows her body. Yeah, pointless and pandering, but nobody said anything about the equally pointless scene in Thor The Dark World where Thor goes shirtless (in this case, armorless) or in Man of Steel, or in the mutiple Twilight movies,etc.

People sexualize people in media, men and women. Like I said before, let's just be grateful it's not to a Soul Calibur degree.



FriedSquid said:

@MagicEmperor: I'm with you there. Everything else about her looks great, but I they're using her Other M design so I guess they kept the mole. Not a big deal, though. First and foremost she looks just plain fun to play as.



SavoirFaire said:

I'm still holding out hope for Bayonetta as a playable character. If so, just watch how ZSS gets shoved to the sidelines!



SpookyMeths said:

I wonder if people think that Olympic athletes in their spandex and sports bras are also sexualized and objectified.



scrubbyscum999 said:

I didn't even realize people were in a hissy fit over ZSS but I'm not surprised. So she has high heels, so? Who cares. I just don't get anything that can even be interpreted as "sexual" is treated like it's the devil. What are we in, Puritan times? This just annoys me cause it seems nowadays we can't have a female character pop up without it being some long discussion about "oh I can see assets, there is some sexy, that's now sexist." Nobody cares about Captain Falcon or Goku from DBZ so why is it a big deal once a woman is involved. If this is sexualized it's REALLY tame. Like, it's honestly not even that risque. What I am basically hearing is that ultimately you either don't want ANY sexual references in games or you want your own approved tastes to be the rule. Either way, never going to happen.

So yeah, excited about Smash. It looks like Greninja will be a main of mine along with Rosalina and Zelda.



SpookyMeths said:

"Female character wears something other than an old-fashioned conservative dress. Internet outraged at blatant sexism. More at 11."



noctowl said:

If you find the woman body/heels sexual, that's your problem, not Nintendos. It's not like she's grabbing herself, or saying "oops I dropped my gun hehe" and proceed to slowly pick it up .

And I'm gonna stop right there



Yorumi said:

@CaviarMeths there's a lot of irony in your statement considering there's very few people who expressed some concern over the direction their taking samus and the rest of this site explodes into insults.

I suppose we're all proving our maturity when we can't even discuss this rationally without exploding into hyperbole, sarcasm, and insults.



SpookyMeths said:

@Yorumi There was no explosion of insult in my comment. Only passiveness. I consider it a total non-issue, so discussing it rationally doesn't appeal to me. Samus's Zero Suit is oppressive and harmful to no one, so a small fellowship of social justice guardians trying to "protect" this non-existent group of aggrieved gamers seems like an exercise in futility.

I mean, there are real issues with Samus, such as her sexist characterization in Other M. Getting upset about her having a pleasing figure and form-fitting outfit is, in my opinion, misguided. Her outfit isn't any more scandalous than Solid Snake's was in SSB Brawl.

But I'm sure there are plenty of others more sensitive to this cause, so feel free to debate with someone else. Sorry if I offended with my explosions.



Yorumi said:

@CaviarMeths well see you go an make that resonse where you start name calling people who expressed some concern. You've tried to paint some broad sweaping brush grouping everyone expressing any concern and deriding their motives.

You say we should be upset over her portrayal of her in other M yet ignore another sexist portrayal.There's no reason to have her in stripper heels, they could just have easily been regular boots. It's not the end of the world it's just unnecessary.

People don't have to agree but they also don't have to engage in the deriding, sarcasm, and hyperbole.



UltraLaserTen said:

Zero Suit Samus looks like a great character to play as.
From reading these comments I don't understand why the whole Zero Suit Samus controversy exists in the first place. Aside from the design of the boots, she looks similar to how she appeared in Brawl. What's the issue exactly?



Yorumi said:

@UltraLaserTen it's not a huge issue, it's just the heels are completely unnecessary. When you combine it with what they did to her in other M it does kind of show a pattern. The internet tends to take any criticism of anything and launch into absolute hyperbole. Honestly the ones making a big deal about it are the ones attacking back saying this doesn't bother them.



HappyMaskedGuy said:

She's a fictional character whose design is both sexually appealing (to both genders I might add, if so inclined) and female empowering. She's wearing heels kicking people in the face. Cool.

I'd find more controversy in Peach's design to be honest. In this day and age, Mario saving the Princess is way out of touch with modern attitudes to female roles in society.

Rock on Samus.



Yorumi said:

@B3ND3R actually it's not irrelevant. People on the internet love to take comments from two completely unrelated people or groups and act as though they're the same person. Unless I missed it I'm not seeing in this topic where the same person has asked for bayonetta and also complained about samus. In fact you were the first one to even mention bayonetta in the topic.

"hey guys person A and person B said two different and contradictory things isn't that scandal?" Um no it's call normal human existence. Nintendo, and smash fan groups are made up of multiple diverse people with different opinions about a topic. Just because one person wants or doesn't want something doesn't mean everyone shares the same opinion.



JaxonH said:


Hate to say this, but that's how she's always looked in the Zero Suit. Blonde haired woman in a skin tight suit- no different than spandex you'd see runners wearing. Nintendo didn't "sexualize" Samus- she was always sexual. Because, women are sexual. That's just the world we live in. It's not like she's wearing a tank top with cleavage and booty shorts. Her body is fully covered, as always. The only addition is space boot heels. Which, if a woman wearing heels in a video game rubs you the wrong way, Idk what to say. All Nintendo characters aren't gonna look like Princess Peach. And compared to most other female characters in video games, Samus is bout as conservative as they come.



Hy8ogen said:

Honestly the only metoid game I ever played in other M, which is after I got my Wii U. But this really does peak my interested in this franchise. Might pick up super metroid sometime in the future in VC.



Onion said:

Oh for.... I can't believe this is even an issue. So you all (before Yorumi or whoever starts, I know it's not everyone on the site, don't be dense) will stop complaining about the heels, the Zero Suit has had high heels since the very beginning. Look up concept art and official images, it has ALWAYS had high heels. The only difference now is that the heels have a function in the form of the rocket boosts and the fact the heels are higher up, which has been the trend with the Zero Suit anyway. In fact, during development the Zero Suit originally had heels that were as high as her current ones, but they shortened them a bit and made them look a bit more practical. So while you may think they're impractical, they're more practical now than ever since now they serve an actual purpose beyond looks. The "unnecessary" jet heels are actually intended to make her stronger, as they augment her kicks enough to make her a more viable fighter as well as added utility. Why anyone would complain about such a positive augmentation is beyond me. I really question whether or not the ones offended or annoyed by her appearance in this game are Metroid fans or just people looking for something to complain about. As for her being sexualized or objectified, all I can say is... Why can't a woman be both strong and attractive? Is there a rule against this? I won't deny the fact Nintendo is making use of her attractive design, but they have always did that and it's a little thing called fan service. Considering the fact most of the Metroid games keep her in the power armor 90% of the time, I think it's nice to see Samus as a character being shown in a more feminine light. Every Metroid game has her blasting things to bits like a Space Marine. She even shoots doors for God's sake! I could see the point if Nintendo release a Metroid: Xtreame Beach Volleyball or something but all they're doing is showing her in rocket heels and laying on a beach. She's still the same character who goes around bodyslamming aliens and making entire species go extinct. Nothing has changed just because she wears rocket heels.

I would say more, but I would just be rehashing valid points (that mostly went ignored and unaddressed) made by others, so I will end it with that. Oh, and just to avoid being accused of "exploding".... I am doing no such thing. I am also aware that the heels could have easily been "boots", but I fail to see what difference it makes, especially considering all Nintendo did was use the Other M design (which had heels...Like all the other versions of the Zero Suit....) and add the rocket heels to it. The "stripper heels" actually fit her design more than boots would, and I would be impressed if anyone here could design rocket boots and put them on Zero Suit Samus without them sticking out like a sore thumb and looking ridiculous on her. I'm sure there would still be complaints if they WERE boots however... Considering strippers wear boots too, not just heels. They would probably be called Stripper Boots. Honestly, I find it far more sexist when someone takes something as simple as a pair of heels and automatically relates them to strippers. That's pretty sad, and it makes me glad I'm not a woman because I would rather not be compared to a stripper everytime I put on a pair of heels.

You have my condolences Samus. It seems all the good deeds You've done for the galaxy mean nothing the moment you put on some heels... :c



Gamer83 said:

I really wish gamers would get upset about something that actually matters other than 'exploiting' characters in video games. Especially when there's nothing in this one to even b*tch about. I'm convinced these people are just white knighting because however unrealistic it may be, they think it's going to score them a date with a super hot woman.



link422007 said:

As it turns out, people can't stop b*tching about pixels that don't actually exist. Really, Samus has always been portrayed as a baddonkey hot woman and only now do the internetz decide to unleash their righteous vengeance and furious anger over a non-issue. And why associate heels to strippers? Tell me guys, or am I too stupid for not analyzing such an insignificant little thing enough? Just because Samus wears heels doesn't mean she's a bad type. Or am I just sociologically insensitive of such an issue that gives value out of nothing? I've asked lady friends about it and they tell me no. Bear in mind, I asked people with higher professional courses like doctors and lawyers so I don't really see the point.



Excep7ional said:

@OnionOverlord Good comment.

@everyone Lol you think this version of Zero suit is bad? Just imagine if she had stayed with one of her earlier models that was posted above, but with updated graphics. At least she has clothes on. Personally, I like the heels. If they had been regular boots then that would have looked kind of weird. Heels are more feminine so it fits perfectly. This isn't a big deal so we shouldn't make it out to be one.



LordJumpMad said:

You guys, stop it.
Stop looking at Kirby that way, it's not his fault, that he's wearing a tight pink suit.



B3ND3R said:

@Yorumi Not on this post, but in the past... And I'm not talking about two or three people, but many out there... People have begged for Bayo in Smash in the past, and here we are with a less "sexualized" character design than Bayo for Samus and people are acting like it's too much... I think you completely misunderstood my comment completely.

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