Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Happy belated birthday, Samus!

While relaxing with "the fam" this past weekend, I missed a rather momentous holiday: The 25th anniversary of Metroid's release.

Thankfully, one of my favorite artists around, Andrew "Drew" Green, wasn't so absentminded (or careless). In fact, not only did he remember the anniversary of Samus Aran's debut, but he celebrated the occasion by conjuring up the wonderfully charming drawing that follows, too.



On his blog, the Atlantan says of his creation: "Nothing says 'happy birthday' like drawing the thing you love being munched on by an energy-sucking parasite." I can't say I disagree, Drew!

14 comments:

Viewtiful_Justin said...

This is pretty dang great. I might have to celebrate by playing the original Metroid up to the point where I have to bomb up a short shaft and can't EVER do it. Then I'll quit in a rage.

Better yet, I'll just play Super Metroid. It's way less infuriating.

Bryan Ochalla said...

It *is* pretty dang great, isn't it? I absolutely love Drew's style :)

As for re-playing the original Metroid: I'm going to have to do that soon myself. Like you, though, I'll probably quit in a rage before finishing it.

Of course, I would have thought I'd do the same the last time I played Kid Icarus (on Wii VC a few years ago) and I actually ended up beating that one, so who knows?

Sadly, I haven't played Super Metroid since it was released looooooong ago. I loved it, too, but for some reason I've always much preferred the 8-bit original. Super Metroid has always seemed a bit too ... slick for me.

That comment is going to bring on the hate, isn't it?

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Well, I'll just let you have your opinion...but...yes. Yes it will.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ha ha! I know Super Metroid is the superior game for many reasons, but I can't help but love the original just a bit more :)

Curtis said...

I don't even really care too much about Samus but Andrew is like... my idol. I want to lick his Wacom tablet.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Well now! You're making me blush, Curtis -- and I'm not even involved in this little Wacom-tablet-licking scenario :)

As for Drew being your idol: I can understand that. Don't sell yourself short, though -- I think you're both wonderful, talented artists!

SUIKA said...

I'll follow this up from twitter; NES Metroid I like because it's like real life; All alone, in the dark, not knowing where to go, an insane level of difficulty all to the sound of catchy music.

RetroKingSimon said...

Super Metroid is the greatest anything ever (>_<) Then again, it doesn't have Samus in her Zero Suit :P

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, I like that description, SUIKA! And I agree -- esp. with the "all alone, all in the dark" part. Oh, and of course the catchy music part, too.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Greatest anything ever, eh, Simon? I'm surprised to hear you say that, to be honest -- mainly because I tend to think of you as a Sega man, first and foremost :)

Viewtiful_Justin said...

I'm with Simon. It's in the top 3 of games I've played through the most.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Wow! What are the other two, Justin?

As for me, I remember playing through Super Metroid once and liking it quite a bit, but that's about it. I've never replayed or even really wanted to replay it, to tell you the truth. Unfortunately, I'm not sure why that is. Maybe that means I should just pick it up and play it again at some point, eh? :)

Viewtiful_Justin said...

You should. No doubt in my mind. It doesn't age.

The other two? Probably Earthbound and Chrono Trigger.

Bryan Ochalla said...

OK, I'll give it another try, Justin. At some point. Along with Chrono Trigger.