Old Games News has wished a happy birthday or a happy anniversary to countless video gaming characters in 2011. Mario, Zelda, Dragon Quest, Sonic…all of them have celebrated in their own special retro ways. Sonic had a party. Mario got his own video game collection. Everyone get something to commemorate their big days. Metroid—to date—has gotten the shaft.
Without tribute articles, such as Miketendo’s story, who among us would even remember that Samus Aran is 25 this year? So far, there is no collection in the works, no re-release for the iPhone. Nothing. She is like the hapless baby who is born two days before Christmas and just gets a gift wrapped in pink paper instead of holiday colors every year, all the while watching friends and family happily gather specifically to celebrate the birth of her siblings…little hats, cakes, clowns.
With any luck, Nintendo will recognize the contribution Metroid has made to video gaming history. As a popular current cosplay and fabled retro character, Samus deserves a little love.