Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Seriously, what’s happening inside Samus’s morph ball?

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The Metroid The series is now in its 35th year, and over its long term, Nintendo has done everything from star’s childhood to the loose parental nightmares Ridley, Metroid, Chozo, and even the evil clones created by the creepy Phazon. I’ve been happy to explain in detail. In short, virtually every lore path you can think of has been explained, detailed, over-detailed in the sequel, and given a well-defined slot in the vast Metroid canon. ..

All but one. The exact workings of Samus’s morphball ability, a staple of the first few minutes of the first game series, remain a mystery. There is no noticeable official information about the details of this ubiquitous skill. “”Collect this and give Samus the ability of a morph ball, “Press this and she will roll on the ballAs if such simple instructions, regardless of form, could quench our thirst for sci-fi ball-related morphing knowledge.

How does it work? What happened to the poor who tested the prototype? Which bird’s brain scientist saw its iconic armor, “Do you know the power required for a power suit to carry this huge missile?You can roll it into a small ball and roll it wherever you like.. And who on earth (or SR-388, or Zebes, or anywhere) Look in the person’s eyes and say, “Yes, that’s a great idea. You definitely don’t have to go and lie down a bit.“?

What does it feel like to roll in a metal orange ball on the surface of an alien planet or sink into lava anyway? Nintendo doesn’t say anything, so we had to come up with some theories ourselves …

Metroid Fusion
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# 1 “Kronenberg Body Horror” Theory

Guiding the spirit of Occam’s omnipotent razor, one might think that the simplest theory is correct: Samus effectively pulps the body into a convenient sphere during inhuman rotation, fluids and bones. The lump of pieces is moved with a razor, and thanks to Chozo technology, she returns to its original state when she finishes rolling. This is useful for us, who are often indistinguishable from magic.

Her eyes and brain may be intact and stable on the gyroscope during this activity. If she still had a mouth, she would make an unimaginably painful bloody cry, but fortunately she didn’t for everyone involved.

This is the real reason Nintendo doesn’t tell us everything. If so, Metroid fans around the world will have nightmares for years. Enough to wonder why she just can’t crawl.

Metroid Zero Mission
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# 2 “Electric Chosan Oneness” Theory

Thankfully, Metroid Prime offers a terrifying alternative to the possibility of including the above internal organs. Samus’s 3D outings fill the gaps between the morph ball platings with an eye-catching glowing light … well, thing.

Samus is transformed into a form of pure energy, and it can only be concluded that her mind and body have achieved a peculiar spherical sensibility. With nothing close to this traditional body, she spins infinitely around the curved surface of Talon IV (and elsewhere) to boost and prevent her from feeling nausea while everything is raising the ball. I think. Can anyone say from her non-stomach to her non-self via her non-mouth?

Proponents of this theory point to an interesting philosophical state called Schrodinger’s Vomb. She is simultaneously covered with both illness and non-illness until she returns to the standard human form.

Metroid Prime
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# 3 “Shrinking Samus” theory

Samus manipulates the morph ball by freely shrinking it to the right size, thanks to Chozo Magi’s convenient and unexplained extremely flexible force. technology..

From here, two major thinking schools emerge, and then quickly branch in very different directions. Some believe she runs in the ball like a hamster put out for exercise, while others believe that the opaque armor of the suit is the only thing that keeps her dignity plated. Some suggest that a little Samus sits in a little Samus-sized swivel chair and uses a console controller-a good shape for navigating the world around her, all the same. You can see it through a tiny monitor.

Both theories adequately explain another mystery. It’s a way to store an infinite number of bombs that destroy the little walls she has everywhere. If she can shrink herself, she can probably shrink them too, and will automatically re-germinate them whenever she needs to pierce the floor or grow a little taller.

This also increases the chances that the entire Chozo race will actually be perfectly energetic and live exactly in its former location. Due to the malfunction of the shrinking technology of the whole population, it will be reduced to the ratio of Picori.

Super metroid
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# 4 “Hey You, Samus-chu!” Hypothesis

As we all know, Samus The best like no one And she really has to catch everything — as long as “everything” is a space pirate and / or Metroid. Therefore, it makes sense that morph balls are actually based on advanced pokeball technology.

And, as we all know, Pokeball works by … probably like a morph ball.

Assuming this theory is true, we can reach two very important conclusions. One; The Samus Timeline is a dark future that allows the famous Pokemon trainer Ash to be killed at an important point in history and runaway for Lidrejanni and Team Space Pirates. And two.Inside the morph ball Incredibly comfortable..

Rumors that our space hunting heroine didn’t talk in previous games are still “Samus! Saaaaamus! Sam Samas?Is not currently proven.

Poke the morph ball
Image: Nintendo / Pokemon Company

# 5 “It’s just a handy gameplay device” theory

This is purely included not because of the real benefits, but because of sympathy for the believers.

there”Not so deep, geeksBecause Samus has a small and mobile shape, it takes a ball-like shape. It happens to be a shape that is immediately recognizable at any resolution and requires little or no true animation to rotate the screen to your satisfaction.

We strongly recommend that such misguided individuals revisit the above alternatives, or at least point out logbook entries that they believe support such barbaric ideas. ..


Which of these theories do you think is most likely to be true, or do you have a completely different idea of ​​your own? Have you ever wanted Nintendo to explain? Please vote for the following votes and let us know. Go to the comments section and drop your power bomb …

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