Metroid – Samus Aran’s Reveal
The original “Metroid” for the NES remains one of the most important platformers in Nintendo’s roster, but when the developers were thinking of a way to reward players with a surprise ending, they made video game history. If players took longer than three hours, the final scene didn’t reveal anything other than the fact that Samus Aran, the game’s bounty hunter hero, had shoulder-length hair. However, those who finished sooner got a surprise: Samus Aran was a woman. The reveal remains one of the most jaw-dropping moments in gaming, completely missed by anyone who clocked an unimpressive play time.