Metroid cosplayer goes viral as mind-blowing real life Samus Aran - Dexerto

Metroid cosplayer goes viral as mind-blowing real life Samus Aran

Published: 26/Jul/2020 20:49

by Brent Koepp


A talented Metroid cosplayer brought beloved Nintendo heroine Samus Aran to life. The artist’s insanely accurate re-creation of the galactic bounty hunter will leave fans in awe.

Metroid made its groundbreaking debut in 1986 on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The action-adventure title features one of the most iconic video game characters of all time – Samus Aran.

Popular cosplayer ‘hendoart‘ went viral after transforming into the popular protagonist. The artist’s jaw dropping take is so good, it’s almost as if the bounty hunter has blasted her way out of the screen and into real life.

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The Nintendo heroine has become one of the most iconic characters in gaming.

Metroid cosplayer becomes Samus

The series revolves around protagonist Samus, who defends the earth against pirates. Players control the bounty hunter across a decade worth of games to face off against the iconic alien creatures called Metroids.

Bringing the heroine to life, prolific cosplayer ‘Hendo’ transformed into the galactic fighter with her jaw-dropping costume. The artist meticulously built Aran’s iconic exoskeleton suit, which famously has an arm cannon for a weapon.

Photographer ‘happytriggerla‘ captured her posing while holding her space helmet in her hand. The cosplayer meticulously crafted each piece of her armor, including her pauldrons which she states has over 42 LED lights connected inside.

In another shot posted on Instagram, the star looks ready to dawn her helmet and jump into battle. Just like the chest piece, the helmet and gloves each glow with a green light, truly bringing the Nintendo character’s signature suit to life.

The cosplayer also showed off her take on Samus Aran’s Zero Suit look, which became popularized in the multiplayer fighting series Super Smash Bros. The outfit was first introduced in the 2004 Game Boy Advance title Metroid: Zero Mission.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, in 2017 Hendo teamed up with HyperX for a behind-the-scenes look at how she made her costume. The sheer amount of work it took for her to bring Samus’ suit to life is proof that cosplay is an art form in itself.

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Samus has been missing in action for over a decade now, as the last mainline release was Metroid: Other M for the Wii in 2010. However in 2017, Nintendo announced Metroid Prime 4 is in development.

The wildly anticipated title is being worked on by Retro Studios, who took over the game after it was delayed in 2019. After years of waiting, fans are excited to play as the bounty hunter once again.


Demon Slayer cosplayer transforms into beautiful butterfly Shinobu Kocho

Published: 29/Nov/2020 13:10

by Andrew Amos


Shinobu Kocho might look innocent from afar, but if you’re a demon and you get too close, you’ll see the deadly side of the butterfly. She’s a popular Demon Slayer character to cosplay, but ‘aka_purin’ has truly put together one of the most beautiful designs yet.

Shinobu Kocho is a fan-favorite in Demon Slayer, and it’s easy to see why. Not only does the Demon Corps member possess incredible powers to heal friends and harm demons, but she is one of the most beautiful characters in the show.

Her personality is a difficult one to channel though. While she’s seemingly innocent on the outside, deep inside of her, there’s a rebellious rage to get revenge.

Demon Slayer Cosplay Shinobu Kocho
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Shinobu Kocho is a dazzling and powerful Demon Slayer.

It’s one thing to make a cosplay, put it on, and take a picture. It’s another thing to really channel what a character is all about, and that’s what sets ‘aka_purin’ apart from the other Shinobu cosplayers.

Sharing the intricate design on her Twitter, the Polish cosplayer spared no expense and left no stone unturned in her flawless design. Her hair and makeup is perfect, even getting the butterflies pinned.

She also created her special katana, which is based on an insect’s “stinger” more than a blade itself. The tattered, battle-worn hilt and blade is a wonderful addition to the cosplay that really ties it all together.

That’s the special thing about purin’s cosplay too. Every element just ties everything together. While even just one of these things would be pretty special in a cosplay, being able to jam it all in one photo is the most beautiful thing of all.


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The Shinobu design might be her latest, but she’s unsure on what her next project will be. “I feel like I’m having an art block lately. I just have so many ideas and costumes to shoot but I just can’t put myself up for it,” she admitted on her Instagram.

No matter what it is though, we bet Purin will knock our socks off.