In February 2009 a group of Metroid fans wanted to create a podcast together to discuss their love for Metroid and general Nintendo gaming. Originally planned to be called Hyperbeam, the podcast set to work planning on various topics of discussion. Eventually the name was dropped and replaced with the current name of Shinesparkers. This is how it all began.

Four people were part of the original group; Darren Kerwin, Conor Godfrey, Ben Stewart and Owen Chapman. The four were keen Metroid fans and were happy to discuss their thoughts on the franchise publicly and to a wider audience. This was their opportunity to talk about a series that they had followed for a long time. The ideas started to flow and everything came together. The podcast was eventually recorded and released a few months later but due to a lot of unforeseen editing issues and putting it all together at a quality that was acceptable, was time consuming. Due to this the life of Shinesparkers as a podcast was put on hold until a new and more effective way of delivering it was discovered.

Time had passed and there was no solution in sight for a more effective way to offer the Shinesparkers podcast. But another idea was put forward in the form of a web community. On the 17th May 2009 Shinesparkers made the transition from podcast to forum community and the site was focused on a larger goal and run by podcast member Darren to try and bring together members from a previous failed Nintendo forum called Nintendo-Online. Overall the community was a success but towards the end of its life suffered due to disputes throughout the forum and a general lack of interest, which had plagued previous communities. The forum turned into a website and moved over to its own host a few months later, courtesy of Wavehack who kindly provided hosting for the project.

The site succumbed to the same fate as the previous forum and many thought it was the end. But the community then transferred over to “The Joypads”, a community set up by two previous members of Nintendo-Online who were much more focused and dedicated to providing a service for the community it was saved and even improved! Darren continued to help the community to grow by taking up a position on the website to provide news and articles. But in the background he was already planning the future of Shinesparkers, an idea he had contemplated from the very beginning before even coming up with the suggestion of a podcast. A website community dedicated to his passion and love, Metroid.

To do this he needed a new approach and a plan to ensure that the new project was a success. He decided he didn’t want to take it on alone, so searched for a team of Metroid fans as passionate as himself that could make the whole thing work. In June 2010, Ben joined the staff to offer his talents and help in the new approach of Shinesparkers. Wavehack also came on board to provide behind the scenes technical and website support while Ben worked on the overall design of the site, while Darren provided the content. Everyone was working to their strengths and on August 31st 2010, the site launched and Shinesparkers was born again as something new. Since the launch of the site the website has delivered exclusive interviews, featured content and up to date news which has assured Shinesparkers has become one of the fastest growing, most reliable Metroid fan websites on the Internet and continues to grow.


Special Thanks

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people for their contribution:

Site content:

Darren Kerwin – Founder, Webmaster and content writer
WaveHack – Hosting and Technical support
Renan Greca – Content writer
FastLizard – Forum Moderation
Samantha Jackson – Graphics (August 2012 – Present)

Ben Stewart – Graphics (retired) (August 2010 – June 2011)

Gene Kohler – Interview & Metroid 25th anniversary video tribute
Lee Garasich – Interview
Timothy Miller – Interview
Grant Henry – Interview
Mike Sneath – Interview
Jessica Martin – New Year message
Saturday Sazaran – Comic artist
Nate Bihldorff – Interview
Thaís Jussim (Yuki) – Interview
Jeron Moore – Interview
Chad Seiter – Interview
Daisuke Amaya – Metroid 25th anniversary video tribute

Tommy Tallarico – Metroid 25th anniversary video tribute

Jeff Skalski – Metroid 25th anniversary video tribute

Yosuke Hayashi – Metroid 25th anniversary video tribute

Video Game Music Choir -Metroid 25th anniversary video tribute

Podcast:

Conor Godfrey – Shinesparkers Podcast 2009
Ben Stewart – Shinesparkers Podcast 2009
Owen Chapman – Shinesparkers Podcast 2009

Links:

The Metroid Database – Affiliation
Metroid Headquarters – Affiliation

Metroid Recon – Affiliation
Another Metroid 2 Remake – Affiliation

Nintendo
Land – Affiliation
Nintendo Scene – Affiliation
Radio Nintendo – Affiliation

Additional thanks:

Ian Windram – Support and amazing friendship
Nintex – Beta testing site for launch
Joshua Cortese – Help and support
Owen Chapman – Help and support
Kit Ellis – Nintendo help and support
Andrew Kelly – Nintendo help and support
Falcon Zero – Additional Images (August 2011 – February 2012)
Tim Hardeman – Additional Images (February 2012 – July 2012)

Darren Kerwin – Founder and Co-Administrator

Ben Stewart – Graphics and Co-Administrator

SharQueDo – Hosting and Technical support

Gene Kohler – Interview
Lee Garasich – Interview

Grant Henry- Interview

Podcast:

Conor Godfrey – Shinesparkers Podcast 2009

Ben Stewart – Shinesparkers Podcast 2009

Owen Chapman – Shinesparkers Podcast 2009

Link

The Metroid Database – Affiliation

Metroid Recon – Affiliation

Another Metroid 2 Remake – Affiliation

Nintendo Land – Affiliation

The Joypads – Affiliation

Additional thanks:

Alex Duffy – Advice and guidance

Ian Windram – Support and amazing friendship

Nintex – Beta testing the site for launch