Rounding out today's Metroid fun, celebrating the franchise's 35th anniversary, it's time to share an interesting little fact regarding the series' origins.
In fact, it's actually Nintendo of America doing the fact sharing; in a tweet posted earlier today, the company let fans in on how the series first got its name – looking through the replies, it seems that plenty of people were completely unaware that this was the case:
"Fun fact: the game’s title comes from a combination of the words ‘metro’ and ‘android’."
We're not afraid to admit that this little nugget of info had also slipped by some members of Team NL, so we decided to do a little digging. Thanks to the Wayback Machine, we can see an interview that was originally hosted back in 2004 in Nintendo Dream magazine, before being shared and translated on Metroid Database.
The interview features Yoshio Sakamoto, Toru Osawa, and Hiroji Kiyotake, who discuss how the name came to be:
Kiyotake: There was one more staff member, and the two of us decided on it. We attached "android" to the "metro subway" and that's how we got "Metroid".
Sakamoto: However, before that, the game was called Space Hunter.
Osawa: Samus is a "bounty hunter", or perhaps I should say a little before she was created, she was a "space hunter". Wasn't "space hunter" written [to describe her] in the instruction manual? I mean space warrior.
Sakamoto: There wasn't enough time to correct it as "bounty hunter" [in the manual]?
Osawa: Yes, if I remember correctly.
So, we hand it over to you. Did you know that Metroid's name actually comes from a combination of 'metro' and 'android'? Have your say in the poll below, and should this ever come up on a (very specific) pub quiz, you're welcome!
Yes, because I read the previous article.
Always thought it was because they combined "Meteor" and "Asteroid" in keeping with the space theme.
Ridley is adorable!
But why metro and why android?
It does have a 1980’s arcade shooter ring to it
Betcha they were gonna use Alien but then realizing Sega may come after them they change it to Metroid. Sega is known for making games based on the Alien brand (but not the franchise) including Alien Sydrome, Alien Storm, Alien Soldier, Alien Front Online, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and Alien: Isolation.
@Specter_of-the_OLED Speaking of Alien, I hope they re-release Alien Infestation at some point. Not sure how difficult that would be, considering it's a game published by SEGA, developed by Wayforward and based on IP owned by 20th Century Fox, owned by Disney...
@Friendly Because it's subterranean and you play as a person in a high-tech suit, who could easily be mistaken for an android. Who knows, maybe Samus was supposed to be an android originally.
@JoeSooper i see. Thanks!
So it could have been called Subroid or Andway
Never knew that's how Metroid got his name, he's pretty cool, I wonder what the dude looks like under his suit.
@Arkay I dunno, but one thing's for sure, he doesn't afraid of anything.
And Samus was named after the Brazilian footballer Pele
Space Hunter is an awful, awful title and I'm deeply thankful they didn't go with that.
Ah so that's where his name came from
happy 35th anniversary Metroid! (shoot, I’m old)
also, am I the only one here who remembers the tedious 24 character passwords that were utilized to save and continue your progress in the original NES? one wrong character and you were doomed from continuing your game 🤦♂️
I remember reading that in wikipedia a few years ago.
It doesn't make any sense to be honest
And i thought it is just the english Name for that:
They could have combined Space Hunter.
Yeah on second thoughts I can see why they went with Metroid.
Did you know that Tamagotchi is a portmanteau of Tamago (egg) and watch? Or that SCUBA is actually an acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus? Or that our lives are meaningless and we will all die alone? FUN FACTS!!
Did You Know The Name Pokémon Was Made By Combining 'Pocket' And 'Monster'?
@TheDanslator Acronyms are the best DidYouKnows! I used to annoy the hell out of everyone around with those things (including SCUBA) when I was a kid.
Did you know that "laser" is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Energy of Radiation?
That "radar" means RAdio Detection And Ranging?
That "sonar" comes from SOund Navigation And Ranging?
Did you know that "snafu" means Situation Normal, All - (parent shushes child with extreme urgency)
Back in the day, the name of the game, "Metroid" was perceived to be that gelatin creature that attacked you. Not the hero, but the threatening enemy within the game.
@syrupdash same, always thought it was a mix of Meteor and Asteroid.
In retrospect, claiming the amoeba like creatures to be what the game is named after was not a great idea. It’s hard to make a game on the series and insist it has nothing to do with the creatures.
Did you know...that OG and its first usage, stood for "original gangster", not original game?
Did you know, that pawned, which later became pwn'd, was actually a reference to a player, that was as expendable as a pawn in the game of chess? Did you know, it was pronounced, pawned; not powned?
Just like niche. It's not neeche. It's nitch.
What I find hilarious...though I don't take it seriously now a days, is how the original pronunciation and definition of a word has changed over the years. It's like a game of whisper down the lane.
@Tharsman I could be wrong...but I'm pretty sure the title of the game, was referring to the monsters, not the main character. Take for instance, space invaders.
Samus Aran = Brie Larson.
That’s great.. now can you release the trilogy hd?
@BaeDanvers : how DARE you! Samus is awesome
@Friendly Those little blood sucking jellyfish are actually members of the metropolitan android elite and spent most of their expendable income on flat whites and smashed avocado.
@BaeDanvers No. Just no.
@PROPS that’s what I’m saying. The Metroids are the amoeba like creatures, but they went extinct as of the end of Metroid 3 (Super Metroid.) There are technically no Metroids left in the universe during Fusion (I think?) it Dread.
It’s weird to keep the series going called “Metroid” when we will never se another Metroid in the games.
@PROPS Niche is of French origin, where it is pronounced ‘niʃ‘ (the ‘neesh’ reading). It is also pronounced this way in Australia, Canada, the UK, and Ireland. As far as I’m aware, the ‘ nɪt͡ʃ’/‘nitch’ pronunciation is an Americanism, and one that many Americans don’t even use.
I’m not saying it’s wrong. Americanisms are still legitimate English. But this is the first time I’ve seen anyone argue that it’s definitively the right pronunciation.
@BaeDanvers To compare Samus to Brie is such an insult to Samus.
@Maxz You're right. When I made that comment, I was thinking about the online community I played games with, when I was younger. When speaking of niche, we would pronounce it the American English way. What was going through my mind, was at what point, did kids (from the US) start pronunciating is as if they were from any of the countries you mentioned. I'll answer my own question...playing with other players across the globe.
@PROPS I’m more curious to learn why anyone started using the ‘nitch’ pronunciation in the first place. The same goes for ‘on accident’ (presumably an amalgamation of ‘on purpose’ and ‘by accident’), ‘I could care less’ (to mean the opposite), and using ‘then’ to make comparisons instead of ‘than’ (A is bigger then B).
Despite the internet ‘bringing us all together’, it’s still possible to find many examples of language usage growing apart.
Which is interesting in its own right.
@Clammy Brie Is more than awesome. She can actually do one arm push ups and pull ups
@Moistnado Yes. Just Yes.
@Arkay Brie Larson is a Modern day icon. Look at ahow she triggers the insecure man-baby chuds like quareting and geeks+gamers aka BlizzardActivisison apologist
@BaeDanvers you are the most triggering troll. I think you need a lifetime ban and a possible prison sentence.
@syrupdash Weird, I always assumed it to be a combination of "meteor" and "hemorrhoid", which seems in wildly poor taste.
@Maxz Niche, from what I learned as a child, has everything to do with the pronunciation of the singular vowel, 'i'. Examples: it, witch, which, rich, smith, wish, fish, dish, itch...etc. If you took the word rich and added an 'e' at the end...
Everything else you brought up, I'm in complete agreement. In addition, I'd like to know when "go it alone" became a saying. 'Go' insinuates a movement or direction (verb). 'It' would be the noun and 'alone' would represent plurality or quantity or quite possibly the subject. For the sake of slang, 'go at it alone' makes more sense... in my mind.
@BaeDanvers I think you missed a few buzzwords!😂👌🏾
@kurtasbestos On that note...metroid could be a combination of words, with the intended meaning of 'metro seating for those with hemorrhoids'. It would explain why Samus doesn't sit down in the elevators.
@PROPS That makes sense. There are relatively few other in English with the ‘iche’ spelling, so there’s little to compare it to.
‘Quiche’ is one example (again, a French loanword), and at a stretch you could include ‘nouveau riche’ (which is more of a loan… phrase?), but really there’s not much to help you when reading ‘niche’ for the first time unless you’re familiar with French.
I can definitely see the logic in just ignoring the ‘e’ and rhyming it with ‘rich’.
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