My favorite design from a purely artistic standpoint. The wide, flat helmet is a reference to her earliest design while the rest of her body is more reminiscent of her look in Super Metroid. This mix is interlaced with the (generally) pleasing, comic book-y style Smash 64 awarded everybody, making Samus look like she jumped out of an early manga. "Mute intergalactic bounty hunter" character is well-conveyed. A+
A strict, loyal interpretation of the Super Metroid look. Melee served as a huge visual upgrade for the Smash series and Metroid Prime was around the corner, cementing Samus' general 3D look across both games and (for now) doing away with all evidence of Samus' early design. The render itself is... okay. It looks like the 64 pose with a touch more personality. A-
More Prime than Super Metroid (you can tell by the green flare on her chest), this marks the last appearance of a Varia Suit I actually like. That fact, combined with the super dynamic pose, makes it difficult to rate this render low, even if I think Brawl's art style has aged worse than disco. I never thought I'd be caught complimenting Brawl. A
There it is, the Other M suit. Any fan of Metroid who isn't Andrew Dobson can tell you why Other M is reviled throughout the universe... which extends to this suit. And like a Benedictine monk forced to painstakingly illustrate a manuscript about dog crap, the Smash team has instilled various "qualities" of Other M in this render. The dainty "tee-hee I'm a lady" bride stride. The tiny, nipple-like cannon that wouldn't intimidate a Glow Fly. The suit's high heels aren't entirely visible, but logically explain why Samus is walking like a 6 year-old girl wearing her mom's shoes. It's a well-crafted, competent render inspired by garbage. C-
Oh. We're not going to do the Samus Returns suit? The one that perfectly blends every prior design? Well... okay.
In reality I'm fully aware that Samus Returns began development after Smash Bros. Ultimate, giving the team an excuse for not using it, but Other M was such a flop with critics & fans that I honestly expected a return to Brawl's design. Even Ridley looks more like he did in Super Metroid than the abhorrent duck-creature Other M conjured up. The Varia Suit's heels are gone, but the nipple cannon is not. At least we can confirm it's really Samus in there based on how she's holding the cannon. C+