by Larry Frum
Spoiler: Samus Is a… Woman?!
Revealing Samus to be a woman at the end of Metroid was shocking to all the old school shooters who thought they were being bad motherfuckers in 1986. Imagine their shock when the soldier who stops the Space Pirates is actually a woman.
This was striking at the time when there were very few female protagonists in video games at the time. Now, her femininity is celebrated and incorporated heavily into the story lines.