The Gunship (スターシップ, Starship) is Samus Aran's spacecraft that appears throughout the Metroid series, first appearing in Metroid II: Return of Samus. Her trusty starship is there when Samus needs to ride around the galaxy. She uses it as a resting place to regain health and ammunition; it also functions as a save point for players to save game data. The front of it also appears to be based on the design of the front of her helmet.
The ship appears in the game's opening movie, and as a trophy.
Samus's gunship appears as a trophy and as three stickers in Brawl. It is also seen in Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary.
Role in the Subspace Emissary
After the Halberd is torn asunder, Samus' starship emerges, along with the Falcon Flyer, Falco's Arwing and Olimar's Hocotate Ship. Engaging the Subspace Gunship, Samus and the other pilots kept the huge ship busy while Kirby destroyed it with the Dragoon. Samus then followed Kirby's Dragoon into Subspace.
Main article: Gunship (Final Smash)
Samus's gunship appears as part of Zero Suit Samus's new Final Smash, where she uses the ship's weapons to fire at other players from the foreground. It is also featured as part of her on-screen appearance.
In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the gunship also returns as a trophy (separate from the one that depicts the Final Smash). It is a challenge reward, earned by clearing the true Solo All-Star Mode as Zero Suit Samus without recovering any health between rounds.
In Zero Suit Samus's new Final Smash, Zero Laser, she dons her Power Suit temporarily, stands atop the Gunship, and fires a laser beam.
In Ridley's Final Smash, Plasma Scream, he throws victims against the Gunship and unleashes a plasma attack on them. The ship is then seen crashing in the background.