Post by The Almighty Narf on Jan 9, 2005 23:24:00 GMT -5
Something my brother and I have been discussing for a few days... While most of the Metroid games refer to Samus as a bounty hunter, she clearly is not. She has, as far as I'm aware never done any actualy "bounty hunting".
bounty hunter n. One who pursues a criminal or fugitive for whom a reward is offered.
What has she done then? She's been hired by the Gallatic Federation to investicate Space Pirtate installations, help out their soldiers, and general "special-ops" situations. What is she then?
mercenary n. A professional soldier hired for service in a foreign army.
When galactic peace collapsed due to the Space Pirates, the Galactic Federation hired bounty hunters to track down and destroy them. Samus Aran was one of these bounty hunters.
Of course, you'd be right that nowadays she seems to have stopped her bounty hunting to form a one-woman army against the Metroids. That, I guess, would make her a mercenary of some kind.
Also, some Nintendo guys (I forget who) said that they had no plans to make a Metroid bounty hunting game as it would have to be quite a different game altogether. Which means, hey, at least they've had a think about it.