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  • Bad Export for You: The Wii U Virtual Console release in European and Australian territories. It is the 50Hz PAL version being forced to run at 60Hz, which introduces new glitches that aren't present in the Wii U release in other regions and weren't even present at all in the original PAL release.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • A handful of rooms in Super Metroid, such as "Noob Bridge" (which named a trope) in Green Brinstar, and "Mount Doom" in Black Maridia. In fact, the very act of naming certain areas with colors can count as this.
      • In fact, most rooms have been named, in part to make it easier to discuss Speed Run strategies. Some particularly memorable/amusing names are the "power bombs of shame" (because in a vanilla any% speedrun, you shouldn't need to get them if you've managed your resources correctly), the Mickey Mouse room (because of its shape), the Billy Mays room (because it has a hidden missile in a "But Wait, There's More!" vein), and "The Worst Room in the Game" (a tall shaft in Ridley's hideout that not only requires Power Bombs to remove the false ceiling, but also requires some serious mobility items to climb past the first couple of screens and some dodging skills to avoid getting shot by gold pirates that crowd the room).
      • Other notable names include "Shaft Supers" (an ammo expansion in Old Tourian that requires the player to find a hidden tunnel and charge up a Shinespark to rocket up a shaft and through a thin grating of speed booster blocks), "Omega Missiles" (Most commonly the last missile expansion to be collected in 100% runs), Room of Spikey Death (A water-flooded compartment in the Wrecked Ship with both floor/ceiling spikes and moving platforms with spike-studded undersides, that a player must cross both ways if they're attempting to collect the item at the end, more commonly seen in 100% runs and Randomizer races), and Shaktool (A room with a slow-moving tunneling robot that leads to the Spring Ball, requiring players to scour away a barrier with their Power Bombs and wait patiently for the robot to mine out the passageway - trollish announcers in Randomizer races may jokingly suggest that major progression items have been shuffled here to make runs take more time to complete).
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    • The Big Metroid has never been officially called the Super Metroid, but many fans have taken to considering it the title character. Alternatively, it is referred to as "The Giant Anomaly" to distinguish it from the game's title. After the release of Metroid: Samus Returns and some of the amiibo toys released with it, several fans have taken to calling the hatchling "Squishy."
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: The appearance of the Varia Suit in Super Metroid and onwards is the result of the Game Boy's lack of color. In the original NES game the Varia Suit was denoted by a Palette Swap. Since the Game Boy was black and white, the suit itself became physically different after being obtained in Metroid II. The design was retained for this game and the rest is history.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: The voice that did the line "The last Metroid is in captivity. The galaxy is at peace" is sometimes mistaken for a woman, but it is actually voiced by a man named Dan Owsen. According to Kenji Yamamoto, he was a Nintendo of America employee who made frequent visits to Japan, and so they selected him to do the voice in the opening script.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Long Beam from the first Metroid was considered for a reappearance, but it was Dummied Out and made a default ability for Samus. The coding for it can still be found in the games data, though.
    • According to a popular Urban Legend of Zelda, the Japanese version of the game has Samus naked during her death animation, but was covered up in the North American version. In an interview, the developers stated that that Samus being naked was never the case, but was considered during development.
    • Minako Hamano, the secondary composer for the Metroid series next to Kenji Yamamoto, originally did the voice for Samus when she dies. However Yamamoto stated it had to be dropped because her voice sounded too sexual. See here for more details.


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