Apparently these two Japanese exclusive figures are entering a re-release phase that will have them end up at North American distribution houses.
If you’re wondering, these are two iconic Nintendo characters. That’s Link, from The Legend of Zelda series on the left, and Samus from the Metroid series on the right.
Stuff like this is precisely the reason I try to never follow toy-related news. I end up seeing pictures of amazing things that I do not–and probably never will–have. I should try to get a hold of a couple of those Samuseses. (Sami? What’s the plural of Samus?) One would look fantastic in a box on the shelf, and Charlotte deserves to have a Samus, even if she’d certainly destroy it in minutes.
Metroid has been around for almost 27 years. The original game was released in Japan in 1986, and it got a North American release around the same time the next year.
The original game features a space bounty hunter in a high powered suit named Samus Aran. Samus has come to the planet Zebes to stop a group of Space Pirates from exploiting an alien species, Metroids, in a bid to rule the galaxy. The game was incredibly successful, influential and ground breaking. It’s exploratory gameplay was among the first of its kind. An incredibly eerie atmosphere, created by fantastic music, level and creature design marks it–arguably–as the invention of the Survival Horror genre of video games. It’s practically like playing a video game of Alien. And, of course, Samus Aran is the world’s first (recognized by Guinness Book of World Records) Playable Female Protagonist in a mainstream title, what’s more, is that the discovery of Samus’ gender comes as a surprise ending (Unless you know Justin Bailey…)
So, what happens almost 20 years later when you’ve created one of the most successful franchises of all time? That’s right, kids… it’s time for a remake/reboot combo. Enter: Zero Mission.