Pelé is carried off the field after Brazil defeated Italy 4-1 in the 1970 FIFA World Cup Final in Mexico City. Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, was born 74 years ago today. (Neil Leifer/SI)
one piece of trivia that has been haunting me for years now is the fact that samus aran was actually named after pelé. you know, the brazilian king of football.
apparently, her character designer, hiroji kiyotake, is a big football fan, and wanted to pay homage to pelé through samus. only he remembered pelé’s real name, ‘edson arantes do nascimento’, wrong, thinking it was actually ‘samus arantes nascimento’. so he named her samus aran, for short, and the name stuck.
and every time i remember this, and the fact that if
kiyotake had remembered pelé’s real name right, her name would be either ‘edson’ or something like it, i feel like i’ve entered the twilight zone