Ridley in Smash Bros. – but it’s not what you’re thinking

October 23rd, 2014

Earlier today, in the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Direct, it was announced that our one-and-only Ridley will eventually show up in the Pyrosphere stage. Unlike a regular stage obstacle, however, if a player deals a certain amount of damage to him, Ridley will fight alongside that player. Knocking out Ridley will earn a point in time-based matches!

Ridley in Pyrosphere

Samus' new pet

Additionally, certain Metroid enemies like Zeros show up in Pyrosphere, and the Norfair stage from Super Smash Bros. Brawl returns for the Wii U game.

Super Smash Bros., Harmony of Heroes now out!

October 8th, 2014

Last Friday, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS was released, featuring a vast array of Nintendo characters settling it with their fists (and swords, hammers, guns, missiles, bombs, etc.). The game features Samus and Zero Suit Samus as playable characters. Other Metroid elements include:

  • Brinstar, from Super Smash Bros. Melee, returns as a stage;
  • Dark Samus and Mother Brain join Metroid as assist trophies;
  • Metroids, Zoomers, Rios and Ki-Hunters, among others, appear as enemies in the new mode Smash Run; and
  • Custom Mii characters can be of the Gunner class, which feature an arm cannon very similar to Samus’.

Additionally, abilities such as Boost Ball, Power Bomb and, yes, Shinespark are now available as custom moves for Samus.

In Smash-related news, our webmaster Darren Kerwin has released the third album under the Shinesparkers brand, titled Harmony of Heroes, which features 101 tracks covering various themes present in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Harmony of Heroes is available now as a free download over at harmonyofheroes.com!

Review: SteamWorld Dig (Wii U)

August 25th, 2014

We had the pleasure of reviewing SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt for Wii U, a Metroidvania style title by Image & Form. To find out what’s new in this edition of the game, be sure to read our review by clicking Rusty above..

Samus – in Shorts!

August 19th, 2014

For today’s pic of the day, Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai confirmed that both Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will feature alternate costumes for Zero Suit Samus, in which the famous bounty hunter uses shorts – the same ones shown in the endings for Metroid: Zero Mission. Sakurai has yet to confirm whether we’ll need to type in “JUSTIN BAILEY” somewhere to unlock the outfit.

Zero Suit Samus

Additionally, the stage Brinstar from Super Smash Bros. Melee is once again making a return in the upcoming 3DS game. There was no word on it being on Wii U, so it might be exclusive to the handheld version of Smash.

Samus in Brinstar

Source: Miiverse

Harmony of a Hunter THIRD anniversary!

August 7th, 2014

Today marks the third anniversary of Harmony of a Hunter!

It’s hard to believe that so much time has passed since we released our fan-arrangement album in celebration of Metroid’s 25th anniversary, marking the occasion with a musical tribute to one of the greatest video game franchises ever made. To this day, Harmony of a Hunter is still being enjoyed by fans of the franchise, the wider video game community and beyond.

Looking back, I feel that Harmony of a Hunter has achieved something far greater than I originally set out to create, and reached a much larger number of fans than I ever thought possible. One amazing example of this was back in March this year, where I attended the wedding of two very good friends of mine. One of the guests had heard of the album, someone I had never even met before! I always considered the album to be a success, but I never imagined I would come face to face with someone who had heard about it outside of the people I speak to personally. In addition to that, there were one or two people at gaming expos that I attended over the past couple of years that had heard of the album. It was incredibly satisfying, and something I am very proud of.

Of course, such a project is never the result of one person, my incredibly talented, dedicated team of musicians, artists and engineers made this album possible, they endured my instructions for longer than any sane person would. We had fun, we also shared many arguments and disagreements, but we got there, and judging by the response that the album received, I think it was worth it.

A notable mention must also be given to the many websites, blogs, message boards and communities who shared our project to their readers. There would be too many to list here, but you know who you are. It’s highly likely that because of those people, you were able to listen to Harmony of a Hunter.

Which brings me on to the next point, the fans. This project was created for people like you, like me, who wanted to mark such a historic milestone for a franchise that was totally deserving, where Nintendo was unable. You motivated us to complete this album, and your continued support encouraged us to create a further album, Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run the following year. A huge thank you must go to every person who had a kind word to say, who recommended us to a friend and have stuck by us. The continued support you have shown has been driving us, and continues to do so. It means a lot!

The Metroid franchise has now reached its 28th anniversary, and while that original 25 year milestone may be a distant memory, Harmony of a Hunter continues to be enjoyed by many Metroid fans. It is one of my proudest achievements, probably just as much as Shinesparkers. Later this year we will be releasing our next album, a Super Smash Bros fan-arrangement album called “Harmony of Heroes”. I hope that this is something that fans of the previous albums can get behind and will enjoy just as much as our previous albums, if not more so.

On behalf of the team, thank you.


Darren Kerwin

Update: F4F Light Suit

July 30th, 2014

A few days ago, we reported that First 4 Figures had teased a Light Suit Samus model. Now, the model is available for pre-order at their website, for 364.99 USD. Still interested? Head over to their website to view an extensive gallery of photos and make your purchase.

Light Suit

Source: First 4 Figures

First 4 Figures – Light Suit

July 24th, 2014

First 4 Figures, makers of licensed collectible statues, have teased on their Facebook page of an upcoming Light Suit Samus model, from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. However, no additional information has been revealed. We’ll post more information on Shinesparkers as soon as it’s available, so stay tuned!

F4F Light Suit

Source: Facebook

MHQthon 2014

July 15th, 2014

Our good friends over at Metroid HQ recently announced that this year’s MHQthon will take place this week, between July 16th and July 22nd. MHQthon consists of a marathon through all released Metroid games, played by the staff of MHQ. Donations will be accepted for the Child’s Play charity. Tomorrow marks MHQ’s 10th anniversary, so the staff are promising and extra-special event for this year!

MHQthon will be livestreamed at Metroid HQ starting tomorrow (July 16) at 2:00pm CDT.

Satoru Iwata re-elected CEO of Nintendo

July 1st, 2014

Shortly before E3, Nintendo released a press statement announcing that its CEO, Satoru Iwata, would not attend the event this year due to health concerns. A few days ago, before Nintendo’s 74th Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Mr. Iwata released a statement that, due to an internal growth detected during an examination, he had to go through surgery. The surgery was successful, Iwata said, and he is now in recovery. We at Shinesparkers would like to send our support to Mr. Iwata and wish that his recovery proceeds as smoothly as possible.

Meanwhile, although he wasn’t able to attend the meeting, Mr. Iwata was re-elected and remains director, president, and CEO of Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Harmony of Heroes: Second Preview

June 30th, 2014

We at Shinesparkers are proud to release the second preview of Harmony of Heroes, our upcoming Smash Bros. album. With over 90 tracks and counting, Harmony of Heroes is set to be the largest fan-arrangement album ever released! Check out the preview below:

Harmony of Heroes is set to release during Fall 2014. For further information, stay tuned to Shinesparkers and the Harmony of Heroes website.