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Over the years, Metroid star Samus Aran has been the focus of many people operating within the cosplay arena, and it's easy to see why – she's a powerful individual who happens to wear a seriously amazing suit of armour, so there's scope for some really impressive cosplay creations.

However, we should spare a thought for those pioneers who laid down the foundations of Metroid cosplay, like Andy Mitchell of Phoenix, Arizona. Back in the '80s, he created his own Samus cosplay and submitted it to Nintendo Power magazine, making history in the process:

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Nintendo Power Andy Mitchell Metroid Cosplay
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We at Nintendo Life salute you, whatever you're doing now. You really did break new ground so that others could follow in your footsteps, and you'll never be forgotten.

Thanks to @therealundamned for bringing this to our attention!