Videogame character helps woman overcome mother’s death

Here’s an uplifting story to warm your cockles for the weekend. The latest Nintendo Power issue shares the tale of Michelle Perl from Brooklyn, who was inspired to turn her life around by a fictional videogame character after her mother passed away in 2007.

25-year-old Perl tells the magazine, “I wanted to make a vow of personal improvement to my mother, so I decided to target the one problem that had been causing me great distress for years — my weight.”

She hit the gym, started eating healthily, and began to use Wii Fit to monitor her weight and progress. Before she knew it, Perl had shed 110 pounds and dropped 15 jeans sizes. And her inspiration to keep going? None other than Samus Aran, heroine of Nintendo’s fantastic Metroid series. Before too long, she could fit in the skin-tight “Zero Suit” she had constructed for her Samus Aran cosplay.

“My most powerful source of motivation to keep going was Samus Aran,” Perl says, claiming that the bounty hunter is “an ideal role model not just to me, but for many women to look up to as a powerful female icon.”

I’ll have to agree that Samus Aran is one badass female lead – a vast improvement on most of the barely dressed giggly haircuts who normally front games.

[Via GoNintendo]