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The Fully Powered Suit was acquired by Samus Aran in Metroid: Zero Mission. Known alternatively as the Legendary Power Suit, it was rewarded to Samus upon completion of the Ruins Test, which replaced her weaker, normal Power Suit, lost in her Gunship's crash. This Suit is bulkier than the basic suit Samus was used to, though its notable feature is the larger shoulder pads with green accents that make up the Varia's most recognizable appearance, which first appeared in Metroid II: Return of Samus.

The Legendary Suit is implied to be an older model. Whenever she reacquires the Varia Suit upgrade in subsequent games, Samus retains the bulkier version of the Varia Suit until it is partially destroyed by the Galactic Federation during her X Parasite surgery at the beginning of Metroid Fusion.

Fully Powered Suit

Samus just after acquiring the Fully Powered Suit.

From its remains the Fusion Suit is created, and the pieces removed in the surgery are infected by the X and turned into the SA-X, which becomes a threat to Samus during her time aboard the BSL. Following the defeat of one of the ten SA-X that would reproduce, Samus regains her genetic condition from prior to the surgery (and a color scheme resembling her old Varia Suit) but the old Varia Suit is not restored.

In Metroid: Other M, the large shoulder pads are retained in the Power Suit, which simply colors the orange suit yellow.

"Fully powered suit" can also refer to Samus when she has obtained all expansions and upgrades in any of the games.

TriviaEdit

  • As previously mentioned, Other M (the first Metroid game released after Zero Mission that depicts Samus wearing the ordinary Power Suit) depicts the Power Suit with the Fully Powered Suit's large shoulder pads. However, a flashback set during Samus's time in the Federation Police Force (and therefore before Samus's Zero Mission) shows the Power Suit with comparatively flatter shoulder pads, more similar to the Power Suit's typical design. This suggests that the Power Suit's in-game appearance may have been intended as a deliberate retcon to Metroid Prime, Return of Samus, and Super Metroid by showing that the Power Suit's post-Zero Mission appearance was similarly altered by completing the Ruins Test.
    • Under normal gameplay circumstances, neither the Varia Suit nor the Gravity Suit can be disabled in Zero Mission after acquisition, leaving it inconclusive whether the Power Suit's shoulders were canonically rounded in this game after earning the Fully Powered Suit.
    • If this was intended as a deliberate retcon, then it was disregarded by Metroid: Samus Returns, the next released game to feature Samus's post-Zero Mission Power Suit. Samus Returns once again depicts the Power Suit with flat shoulders, and the suit is not given rounded shoulders until Samus acquires the Varia Suit upgrade.

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