Pic of the Day for August 19th!
Wow, another alternate costume…and the first confirmed new one for a veteran!
Hey wait a minute, that’s another confirmed returning stage down there! :D
Ok so lets talk about this.
There have been complaints before that Zero Suit Samus is an overly-sexualised character. Perhaps, certainly by Nintendo standards. Samus is no Princess Peach or Princess Zelda. But comparatively I don’t think the catsuit she normally wears is as sexualised as say, anyone in the Dead And Alive fighting game series.
To be honest, back in Brawl I’d always considered ZSS to be somewhat of a redundant character. It’s Samus outside her robot suit, effectively the same person on the roster twice. She’s been designed though to be a unique fighter in her own right, so it’s not as bad as something like Mario and Dr Mario.
But regardless she’s here and early indications of Smash 4’s preview plays are she’s awesome. But is she oversexualised?
I truly don’t think so. The emphasis of her fighting style doesn’t seem to be on her body. Her catsuit is what she has worn under the robot suit, so logically it’s sensible attire for that role. I mean, I’ve never driven a robot myself but I guess it kinda makes sense. Doesn’t make sense she’s a separate fighter but yeah.
Now. This daily pic.
It’s understandable this may cause outcry. She’s already “oversexualised” and now this?! It’s still not “Dead And Alive”-bad but for Nintendo, this is a bit of a shocker. There’s NAVEL and everything.
There’s no cleavage and her shorts don’t disappear up her buttcrack - the staples of oversexualised video game characters - but it’s still surprising to say the least.
One defense is that it’s what she wore in her historic appearances, such as Zero Mission. But does “she wore it in an old game” justify her wearing it now? Sakurai proclaims “a female designer” made this for Smash but regardless, is it appropriate in this day and age or is it representative of her character’s history? If ZSS was a frog or an alien or a badger, and wore this, we wouldn’t object. So just because she’s human, does it prevent her from wearing shorts and crop top?
Also, it seems to be more practical than the catsuit, certainly less sweaty.
I like seeing these alternative costumes showing the history of the characters, like Stars-‘n-Stripes Mario and Wireframe Little Mac.
And Smash 4 has made a huge effort to have even more female fighters like Wii Fit Trainer, female Villagers, Rosalina, Lucina and so on. I don’t think sexualising their characters is on their agenda, especially when they’ve made such giant leaps broadening their appeal to more female players.
I guess it’s a case of “it could be worse”. Personally, I don’t think this is a problem, but then I’m not the gender being potentially objectified here.