Metroid's Dark Samus could be an Echo Fighter newcomer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Samus's alternate colors that referenced this villain has mysteriously vanished in the new title

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • June 18, 2018 at 7:33 a.m. PDT | Comments: 43

A ton of information was revealed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate during Nintendo's E3 2018 presentation. We now know that every single fighter that has ever been playable in a Super Smash Bros. title will be part of the roster in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate -- including characters like the Pokémon Trainer, Wolf, Pichu, and Snake.

Just like Super Smash Bros. 4, it appears that every single fighter will have a total of eight alternate colors, with the exception of Little Mac who has 16 variations. When Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS was released, only a few were able to speculate that an 8-player Smash mode was coming to the Wii U version of the game since there were a total of eight colors per character whereas before there were only four versions for each character, with the exception of Wario who had eight.

While some characters have had some wardrobe adjustments, others appear to largely have the same set of colors to choose from. Seven out of eight of Samus's colors are exactly the same.

In fact, these colors even appear in the same order that they previously did. Most of these alternates are actually in reference to something from the Metroid series.

Samus's default color is a reference to the Varia Suit. The blue colors reference the Fusion Suit that was used in Metroid Fusion. As for the pink, it seems to be a reference to the Gravity Suit that was found in Super Metroid.

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes had a Dark Suit that looks like Samus's brown colors in Super Smash Bros. while the purple suit seems to reference the Gravity Suit in Metroid Prime. That green suit... appears to have been created for Super Smash Bros.

As for the seventh color, these seem to be a reference to Samus's Light Suit that made an appearance in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. All these alternates appear in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as demonstrated by GameXplain.

Samus Colors in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate image #1 Samus Colors in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate image #2 Samus Colors in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate image #3 Samus Colors in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate image #4 Samus Colors in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate image #5 Samus Colors in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate image #6 Samus Colors in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate image #7

Here's where a change occurs. In Super Smash Bros. 4, Samus's eighth and final suit referenced Dark Samus, the main antagonist of the Metroid Prime series.

This alternate appeared despite the fact that there was also a Dark Samus Assist Trophy. Still, players never really complained about being confused as the Assist Trophy took on a different stance than Samus and had unique abilities.

Samus's eighth color in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was changed. It doesn't appear to be in reference to anything that I'm aware of.

Samus Colors in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate image #8

Why would the development team change one alternate for a character that was a direct reference to something in that fighter's source material? We've actually seen this happen before.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Pit had a color that was black with stripes of yellow. This color would later be the design of Dark Pit in Kid Icarus: Uprising -- a literal reflection of Pit.

Once Super Smash Bros. 4 was released, Dark Pit became a playable fighter. Pit's old darker colors were altered a bit in order to distinguish him from Dark Pit.

Now in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dark Pit is considered to be Pit's "Echo Fighter." Lucina and Daisy are also Echo Fighters of Marth and Peach respectively.

Since direct attention was placed on this "Echo Fighter" concept, we can probably expect a few more Echo Fighters to be announced before the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on December 7, 2018.

There is a possibility that Dark Samus could be Samus's Echo Fighter this time around. It's worth noting that Dark Samus has yet to be spotted as an Assist Trophy despite her appearance in Super Smash Bros. 4 as one.

Samus Colors in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate image #9

Notably, there are a number of returning Assist Trophies this time around. Already, fans have spotted Waluigi, Lyn, Midna, Starman, Sheriff, Starfy, Takamura, Samurai Goroh, Mother Brain, Metroid, Knuckle Joe, Jeff, Hammer Brother, Dr. Wright, Dr. Kawashima, Ghirahim, and more. The general consensus about these characters is that they've been disconfirmed as playable.

According to Vergeben, the user that was able to correctly predict that Ridley, Ice Climbers, the entire Super Smash Bros. 4 roster, and Snake would be joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, recently noted that there are "at least a half dozen characters still to be revealed."

Only time will tell if Dark Samus will be one of these playable newcomers. Thus far, Little Mac and Charizard are the only characters in the history of the series that were promoted from an Assist Trophy and Poké Ball respectively in other games to playable fighter.

Still, it's not an impossibility. Ridley was a boss in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and a stage hazard in Super Smash Bros. 4. The argument that Dark Samus is "too big" most certainly doesn't apply here.

Special thanks to YTPHaruko for pointing me in the direction of this information.

Load comments (43)