Sep 13 2010
So Wii owners have been waiting for Metroid: Other M for a while now, as it’s something their system is mostly unfamiliar with, an actual video game. It’s an extension of a beloved franchise, and a new look at a classic character, Samus Aran.
Unnnnfortunately, this new look appears to set badass women in video games back a decade or so. Why?
This video above contains spoilers from the game, and it shows Samus confronting Ridley, the monster who killed her parents. And what does she do?
She freezes up, and practically bursts out in tears at the sight of him as her male commanding officer tells her to use her weaponized suit, which she does not, and is quickly captured by Ridley, until she is set free by another man.
Now, you may say that this would be a normal reaction for someone encountering something so terrifying and emotionally scarring in real life, but this isn’t real life, it’s a video game, and I cannot IMAGINE the same scenario repeating itself with a male lead character. And on top of things, at this point Samus has more combat experienced than anyone in the galaxy, and has killed Ridley like five times already. This might have made sense if the game were a prequel, but it most certainly is not, and the badass Samus just looks like a weak little girl here.
Bad move Nintendo, bad move.
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