Not pictured: Samus Aran, not being played

That video of Samus Aran appearing in Dead or Alive: Dimensions? Awesome, and more than enough to kickstart the rumours of the intergalactic bounty hunter being able to kick ninja rump as a playable character. That rumour, awesome though it may be, is totally false.

Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi explained to Eurogamer that the Nintendo heroine would not be playable this time:

So talking about Samus Aran, is she playable or not? This time she's not playable. But Samus Aran will be shown in the game. She comes to help the player. That's the collaboration shown there [in the trailer]. But how you can unlock Samus Aran? Please find out by yourself.

Still, a fighting game featuring both Samus Aran and series nemesis Ridley? That should be enough for most gamers.

We went hands-on with the game last week, so be sure to read our Dead or Alive: Dimensions First Impressions for more thoughts.