My Female Gaming Role Models

My Female Gaming Role Models: Samus Aran

Update: While we wait for the new Super Metroid in 2018, I thought I would reintroduce my Female Gaming Role Models series with the almighty Samus Aran! Originally posted 2014

Galactic Federations, Space Pirates, and Mother brains, Oh My!

If you haven’t played any of the Metroid Series, stop reading, fire up that emulator, and go!

Just kidding.

Seriously tho, you should.

I was actually introduced to the Metroid Series a few years ago by Ezrah (my fiance) with Metroid Prime for Gamecube. The mix of sci-fi with puzzles and a “fill in your map” (I absolutely love filling in maps… I could probably play an entire game just about filling maps).

Since I didn’t actually grow up with Samus Aran, I can’t tell you how she inspired me growing up. What I can tell you is how bad ass she is.

Let’s start with the very beginning. A very good place to start….


The original box art for Metroid gave no indication as to the gender of the protagonist, or if it even had one. All the box art tells you is that you are purchasing a side scroller monster shooting game. The main character could be a robot. In fact, according to the manual….


Samus is introduced to us as a male cyborg space hunter. Progressing through the game, the player has absolutely no reason to believe otherwise. There are no specific gender markers that make you question Samus’ gender identity in anyway.

Once you get to the end however, you are given the big reveal…..

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Samus is a female! Above is one of three ending reveals depending on your progression of the game. Now, before we start thinking about the “sexiness” of the costumes, remember one thing: A character being seen as “sexy” does not, and should not, diminish his or her accomplishments. Having “multiple endings”, as multiple as you can get with a Nintendo game, is a business decision on re-playability. She was also the first of her time. Not only was her game the first of its kind, bringing two genres of video games together in a unique way, she was the one of the first main female protagonist. What the developer’s did was marketing genius.

By showing off her abilities first, by the time you realize she is even female, you have already been through the whole Planet Zebes and saved it. There is no discrediting her capabilities or her motives by changing her gender. With a reveal at the end, you take away all stereotypes about females that could hinder one’s ability to relate to the character. Metroid probably would have not had the success it did, without this revolutionary idea. It may have been dismissed as another great Nintendo game if her gender was male, or may have been dismissed all together if her gender was revealed sooner throughout the plot.

Samus has a lot to be proud of. The Metroid series has sold 16.69 million copies over the years, and was blessed with the title of “the first playable human female character in a mainstream video game” by the Guinness World Records 2013: Gaming Edition.* As a mascot of Nintendo, her games and her legacy will live on for years to come.

I fell in love with the Metroid series (trust me, there are some gaming series’ I don’t love.) Having played Castlevania, I had the same excitement of filling in the maps, and finding all the loot, while battling monsters and such. As a lot of other people, I loved morph ball. As the gender of a character isn’t really an issue for me, as far as being able to relate to them, Samus being a female was an added bonus, just as Lara Croft, being…well… Lara. As I’ve said before as well, Samus being considered a “sex symbol” (which was not there original intention) in no way takes away from her contributions as a space hunter. To say that sexualizing a female is a bad thing, is weird to me, as long as its not her primary function. (No, I haven’t had the pleasure of playing Lollipop Chainsaw…)

Did you play the original Nintendo Game? What was your reaction to the big gender reveal?

Have you recently been introduced to Samus? What do you think about her as a character, or the games?

Please make sure to check out other installments of My Female Gaming Role Models, and tell your friends!


Accessory Reviews, Gaming, Video Games

Accessory Review: The Nintendo Switch Backpack

If you’re picking up the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch backpack is worth grabbing.

It’s worth picking up even if you’re not planning on getting the Switch.

It is that good.

Guys, I'm drooling...

At first glance it looks like an ordinary backpack. Simple. Elegant. Nicely padded for the shoulders.

Look at all the space!
For those that parent, it’s also big enough to double as a diaper / kids stuff bag. 

Not only does it have 4 zippers on the outside, it is completely built specifically for your console on the inside. What Nintendo system is complete without a sweet carrying case to show it off to all of your friends?

Just look at it!!
Just look at those joy-con pockets!

It is meant to not only keep your Nintendo Switch safe as you bring it everywhere with you, but also functions as a “carry almost anything else you can think of” bag. The Switch backpack console pouches have a felt lining to keep your items safe. It it even has a pocket for a pro controller.



The usefulness doesn’t stop there. Whenever we go on long car rides, or away for the weekend, we use it as our “tech bag”. With two sets of joy-cons, you have a couple extra pouches for chargers, tablets, phones, which all benefit from the nice felt lined pouches.



If you are not buying a Nintendo Switch, but know someone who is, get them a Switch backpack. They will always have a convenient way to bring their system over! 😉



Love your Nintendo Switch Back Pack? Do you use it for other things then holding the Switch? Comment below and don’t forget to follow if you would like to see more posts on accessories I’m into!


Disclaimer: Nintendo doesn’t know who I am. All opinions on my blog are my own and I don’t get any monies no matter what you do.

I just love sharing the things I love! ✌

Console Reviews, Gaming, Video Games

10 reasons the Nintendo Switch is the console to buy this year

This holiday season, there are so many consoles and accessories to choose from. It seems the past few years, Nintendo hasn’t been a contender in the consoles wars. I am happy to announce this year, that Nintendo has out done themselves. Here are my 10 reasons a Switch needs to be in your life.

Look at how cute they are!

10. The Cartridges are back

As an avid gamer from the early 90s, cartridges exude nostalgia right away. The games come in these little cute cartridges! Yes, I know that the 3DS also use cartridges, but I don’t have one….yet.

9. Kid Friendly Games

Nintendo’s games tend to be more family friendly compared to their competitors. While the game library at the moment is small, the titles they are focusing on are games my kids can get into, while also having challenging enough elements to still be interesting for adults.

8. Decent Specs for a decent price

At $299.99, the Nintendo Switch is not going to break your bank compared to the other options out there this season. While the on board screen is 720p, with 1080p capability as a console. Not only does this put the Switch at a comparable resolution as the other consoles, but also blows the other handhelds on the market.

7. The controllers are great for little hands (or big ones)

Does anyone remember the N64 controller? What about the original Xbox and how fucking ginormous they were? Maybe you were excited for those controllers because you have freakishly huge hands.

Whatever your hand size, the Switch is for you! Choose whatever controller style! Motion controls? Ok! Not for you? Also ok! Do you want a console like controller? They have accessories for that, or you can get the Pro Controller.

Whatever your controller preference or hand size, whether you are 4 or 40, the Nintendo Switch has a mode for you. The colors are pretty sick, too.

6. No more fighting for the TV.

As the oldest of four siblings, ever since I can rememebr, we were fortunate enough to always have two TVs in the house. One I would designate for gaming, and one for the family.

As a parent without the extra income for such a luxury, we have tried multiple set ups while trying to stay kids friendly. Two little ones that need attention, make immersion almost impossible, adult content games unplayable and being locked away in a room somewhere is not an option.

With the versatility of the Switch, not only am I able to play titles that otherwise would be off limits, I can choose not to be a TV hog, and allow other people in my household use it.

5. It’s the ultimate parent gaming device.

For all reasons mentioned above. Period.

Dad playing Overwatch, B playing Mario Kart and, N being N..

4. Nostalgia / Nintendo Exclusives

This may sound cheesy, but I am excited about this new wave of nostalgic things from my childhood. It allows me to heal my Inner Child, share it with a new generation.

Bonus: Kids give me the excuse to spend money on all of it.

Introducing my four year old to Super Mario Odyssey has opened a new adventure for us as a family. His interest in the newest Mario games gave us the excuse to introduce him to all the old classics, which he also loves.

With the latest announcement of Megan Man 11 and Super Metriod’s upcoming release, the excitement I have bringing these titles to the next generation cannot be contained in this paragraph. Come on Mario Party!

So many memories!

3. Multiplayer / Party games.

I love party games. I love LAN parties too, but nothing beats 4 people squeezed around a small ass TV fighting for the road. (We played a lot of Crash Bandicoot CTR growing up).

Pick up a copy of Mario Kart, or Snipperclips, and never have a dull dinner again. Whip out that system and those joy cons, and relive the old time fun of huddling around a small screen.

I also highly suggest the Nintendo Switch backpack.

It’s so good, it deserves it’s own post.

2. Mobility.

My favorite thing about the Nintendo Switch is the mobility. While I am excited to see what Nintendo has in store for the 3DS, I am glad we chose to invest in the Switch. The ability to treat it as a hand held, while still choosing controller play style, makes this THE most versatile console on the market.

1. It is okay to be a Nintendo fan, again!

I don’t endorse peer pressure. 😒Wave that Nintendo flag high!😍 However, the past few years havent seen Nintendo as a valid participantk in the console wars, while holding the title for hand helds.

Nintendo has always been ahead of their time, helping to make video games a staple in every household. Something happened after the GameCube though, that brought them to the very bottom of the console wars. So much so, PC gamers took their place in the “console” debates.

Flashbacks of Sega Dreamcasts dance in my head. 😪💤

With all of the features, accessories, and games exclusive to the Switch, I highly recommend checking it out before spending twice as much money for the better version of the console you already own. 😏

Are you convinced yet?

Now that you know all my reasons for grabbing a Nintendo Switch this year, let me know if you plan on getting one this holiday season. We can be Nintendo friends!

Already playing? Tell me what you love about it!

Disclaimer: Nintendo doesn’t know who I am. All opinions on my blog are my own and I don’t get any monies no matter what you do.

I just love sharing things I love!