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This is a list of cameos within the Metroid series itself. It should not be confused with cameos in other, non-Metroid games.

MetroidEdit

Metroid-pipe
  • Air Holes are obvious references to Warp Pipes, from the Super Mario Bros. series.

Metroid (1986 manga)Edit

  • Samus can be seen losing at a game of The Legend of Zelda on her Famicom Disk System while flying to Zebes.
  • Samus mistakes an Air Hole for a Warp Pipe, and Mario can be seen.

Metroid II: Return of SamusEdit

  • Certain aspects of the game are similar to the film Aliens. Both involve the female protagonists of the series (Ellen Ripley/Samus Aran) traveling to the homeworld (LV-426/SR388) of a dangerous alien specimen (Xenomorphs/Metroids) to exterminate them. Both films also depict the female protagonist bonding with a last surviving child (a girl nicknamed Newt/the baby), and a final battle with the queen of the alien species (Queen Alien/Queen Metroid). Both Alien 3 and Super Metroid also depict the deaths of both Newt and the baby.

Super MetroidEdit

  • The Shinespark is based on an attack of the same name from the mecha anime, Getter Robo G.
  • The Gadora enemy that first appears in this game has several similarities to the final boss from Kid Icarus, Medusa.[1]
  • The Tatori, Jr. in Maridia resemble Buzzy Beetles from the Mario series.[2]
  • Mini-Kraid makes a cry similar to the Alien creature.
  • The Moon Walk, named after Michael Jackson's dance move of the same name, appears in this game as a technique.[3]

Super Metroid mangaEdit

The comic, New Summer Night's Dream, is a reference to Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Super Metroid Japanese strategy guideEdit

The room, A Bridge Too Far, is named after a non-fiction book by Cornelius Ryan.

Metroid FusionEdit

Geron Air System
  • Nintendo GameCubes can be seen on the atmospheric stabilizers.
  • Certain aspects of the game are similar to the movie Alien Resurrection. For example, the respective female protagonists in Metroid Fusion and Alien Resurrection become a hybrid of themselves and the respective series' alien species. The formerly extinct titular specimens of both franchises are resurrected, and the escape sequence is strikingly similar to the ending of Aliens.

Metroid PrimeEdit

Metroid (2002 manga)Edit

  • A man resembling Mario can be seen on the left hand side of the panel where Samus learns that the Chozo have arrived. The character has a hat, gloves, overalls, round nose, boots, mustache and holds a wrench.
  • Federation Army Special Ops Battleship VIXIV IV is named after another vessel in the Sakamoto-produced Japanese Game Boy game, X, (predecessor to the Star Fox series) called "Space Tank VIXIV" which departs from an overpopulated Earth in the year XXXX to investigate Tetamus 2. An enhanced version of the vessel also appears in the DSiWare sequel, X-Scape. It is accompanied by a droid called "VIX-529."
  • Kreatz nicknames the Space Pirate P-1 "Mr. Crabs", a possible reference to a similarly named character in the television show SpongeBob Squarepants.

Metroid: Zero MissionEdit

Metroid Prime 2: EchoesEdit

Metroid Prime: Episode of AetherEdit

  • Jeff McCloud's surname is a possible reference to Fox McCloud from the Star Fox series.

Metroid Prime HuntersEdit

Spire's inspiration

The Raven Blade enemy.

  • He also controls like the Goron from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

Metroid Prime 3: CorruptionEdit

  • Excite Truck - Orange X over monster truck.
  • Wii Sports - Wii Sports logo.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Triforce emblem on Link's shield and in various parts of Hyrule.
  • WarioWare: Smooth Moves - Wario's eyes, nose and moustache, the typical WarioWare logo.
  • Wii Play - Wii Play logo.
  • Super Paper Mario - Paper Mario's head.
  • Mario Party 8 - Star emblem.
  • Super Mario Galaxy - Mario "M" symbol.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Smash Ball symbol.

Metroid Prime TrilogyEdit

  • The Ship Bumper Stickers return in this game, as well as other cameos from Prime, Echoes and Corruption.

Metroid: Other MEdit

Ninja Gaiden II stage in MOM

The Ninja Gaiden test stage.

Skulterart

Skultera artwork. (English translation)

  • Among the unused stage models in the game is the first boss arena from Ninja Gaiden II, complete with textures for the helipad and helicopter, but no tower. It was used to test the realtime motion cutscene animations. [1]
  • Concept art for the Skultera features a drawing with their mouths open, saying "Buy something will ya!" This is also a line from the first Zelda game.
  • The creatures known as Pow bear an almost identical resemblance to Navi of the Legend of Zelda series.[10]
  • The RB176 Ferrocrusher strongly resembles the power loader Ripley uses to kill the Queen Alien at the end of Aliens.[11]
  • The music in the ending cutscene where Samus leaves the Bottle Ship is similar to the theme of Kalisto from the French film The Rain Children. It was composed by Didier Lockwood. [2]

TV Commercial :60 SpotEdit

  • The final line delivered by Samus, "What's past is prologue," is from William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Here, Samus is comparing herself to Antonio and Sebastian, stating that her past could not have produced any result other than combat with her enemies.

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