Samus Aran named after Pele, other fun Metroid facts

Ever wonder how Metroids got their name? Personally, I’ve always assumed they’re called Metroids because when they’re sucking on your head, they look like a giant jellyfish helmets, and the “roid” was in there just to sound unnatural. Makes sense, right?

As it turns out, I was totally wrong. The word “Metroid” is a combination of the word “android” and “metro”, and in the Japanese metro subway system. “But Jonathan, what do giant flying alien jellyfish that suck the life out you from your skull have to do with androids and the Japanese subway system?” Dear reader, you must remember that this is Nintendo we’re talking about. These are the guys who called one of their games Sin and Punishment because the name Dark Wasteland was “too wild”.

Also, Samus Aran was named after Football/Soccer legend Pele (his full name is Edison Arantes do Nascimento) and the planet where the Metroids come from is named after a motorcycle engine. Feel free to help me make sense of all this in the comments.

Nintendo explains where Metroid, Samus and the SR388 names came from [GoNintendo, via Siliconera]

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes