Did you know they have comics on the internet now?
It seems I'm not the first person to put Sappho in a
This amused me greatly, and there's some
other gems in the archive too.
I've been keeping half an eye on E3 this week. Well, the
Nintendo parts of it, anyway. The relationship between
Nintendo and its fans has been a little strained these
last few years, with the fans continually fretting that
Nintendo's seeing other people behind their back. Still,
it could be worse. You could be a Sega fan, and have a
relationship based entirely around nostalgia, simmering
anger and a million dashed hopes. Oh, Sega, how I
Nintendo does at least seem intent on keeping the
old-school fans placated, but they do this through
constant sequels and nostalgia trips. Uh, Mario Galaxy
was great and all, but do we really need a Mario Galaxy
2? You know, any more than we needed a Mario Sunshine 2
or a Mario 64 2? There's still innovation to be seen at
Nintendo, of course, but it's all being invested in
lightweight Mii-fuelled fluff that's not really designed
for the seasoned player.
What about some innovation for us, too? Sequels will
always have their place, but what about a new game for
us? A game with a story, and characters? Is that really
so far-fetched a concept?
Oh well. Having said all that, the trailer for
Metroid: Other M
very nearly made me wee with glee.
I'm an unapologetic Metroid fan, and unlike other
franchises, it still feels fresh - as if the games to
date have only scratched the surface of the Metroid
universe and its potential. That trailer is really
something else... although I'm still kind of ambivalent
about Samus speaking. Of course, I grumble when she
takes the suit off too. Don't get me wrong, I want to
see her character explored, but I wish the powers that
be hadn't been so... predictable in the design of Zero
Suit Samus. That's the Hunter? The scourge of the Space
Pirates, the woman who eradicated a whole species and
will discreetly blow up planets, no questions asked? She
looks like Space Barbie. She's not quite in Lara Croft
territory, but she's clearly a product of the same
And really, that's the opposite of what Samus should be.
As a character permanently enclosed in a robotic suit,
she might just be the one female video game protagonist
who isn't constantly being judged on her looks. People
like Samus because she's awesome
, and does
consistently awesome things
. And while I wouldn't
wish to do Tomb Raider fans a disservice, I rather get
the impression that Lara Croft is a successful character
for... other reasons.
Now, one would be justified in pointing out that even
the original Metroid showed Samus out of her suit if you
completed it fast enough, complete with the reward of
replaying the game as what I can only describe as
Ludicrous Bikini Samus. So it's not as if her
credentials as a feminist icon are completely flawless.
That said, I can excuse her exaggerated feminine
appearance in those early games, as it's rather
difficult to indicate gender in 8-bit sprite form. Her
appearance in the early games was pretty inconsistent,
too, and it wasn't until the relatively recent Zero
Mission that the Barbie-like appearance became canon.
Sigh. If only they'd explored other
The trailer does also show us Short Haired Samus,
though, who is edging marginally closer to my mental
image of what a planet-destroying space bounty hunter
should look like. Speculation is that this is a younger
Samus, although she actually looks older than Zero Suit
Samus to my eyes. Actually, we only get the briefest
glimpse of the Zero Suit itself, and Samus is very much
in her suit for all of the available gameplay footage.
Keep the suit on, Samus, and leave the bikini modelling
to the archaeologists...