So... weird coincidence? Or Aussies on the dev team? :)`
It's just a wild coincidence that it happens to yield a Samus unarmored and with most of the powerups in the game. Any tales that Justin Bailey was a Nintendo developer or playtester, or anything about the swimsuit, are just fan inventions and retcon (a good deal of which was spread by Nintendo Power itself.)
Of course the password must have had some real origin, someone found it sometime. Maybe someone goofing around typed in his own name or a friend's and got really surprised, or some really sharp 6502 hacker puzzled it out as a combination from reading the assembly code. (This was possible in the industry even back in that day, it's how Galoob produced Game Genie codes.) We'll never truly know, as any true claim would get lost in the forest of noise and urban legends.
It would actually be pretty trivial nowadays to brute-force search for all combinations of 6-letter words that pass the Metroid password checksum. I recall seeing that online somewhere but can't find it now.
i don't think i beat the game in under an hour, but I did think I did beat it twice (beating it takes you back to the beginning).
funny nobody seems to be mentioning this... i didn't have access to nintendo power or any other cheat resources, so yeah, pretty supprising to find out my character was a girl at the end :P
(upon further research, apparently that honor goes to Ms. Pacman)
It blew my mind when I was about 8 years old, in a good way though. I still find it an interesting choice to leave the gender reveal to the end, playing upon our (or mine) expectations and trivializing gender all along the path to defeating Mother Brain!
BTW, I prefer cossies :p
I didn't say it in the post, but NARPAS SWORD, unlike Justin Bailey, is specifically coded into the game.
20th century Shakespeare typewriting monkeys!! :)
(This is not the same as the better known FUCKM E1111 11111 11111 11111 password - you start with more stuff.)
There has to be some kind of memory leak or memory protection error for this to happen.
That is indeed what I thought, thinking back to what would oft happen if you typed swears into text adventures - http://www.monkeon.co.uk/swearadventure/