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GBA VC games on Wii U come with original manual

Monday, March 31st, 2014

As previously reported, Gameboy Advance games will be coming to the Wii U Virtual Console this month. One unexpected and welcome addition however, is their original game manuals, viewable on the Wii U Gamepad. We live in an era now where game manuals are a thing of the past, reduced to a single piece of paper, if you’re lucky. It’s good to see that Nintendo at least, still cares about them.

Source: Chris Scullion

Classic FM Hall of Fame 2014

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Voting for Classic FM’s Hall of Fame 2014 has opened!

ClassicFM, an independent national radio station in the United Kingdom, is compiling a list of music for their hall of fame. Three hundred pieces of classical music will be entered, as voted by the general public. Since 2012, we have campaigned to get a Metroid piece featured in this top 300 list, which has featured music from Jeremy Soule’s Skyrim and Grant Kirkhope’s Viva Piñata. We feel that this year, we have a much better chance of achieving this goal due to the growth of our amazing community.

There are already two Metroid themes available in the database, “Super Metroid Theme” and “Metroid Prime” both by Kenji Yamamoto, so we have decided to support both of these themes. To ensure we are giving Metroid the best possible chance, we are requesting that “Super Metroid Theme” be the first vote, to ensure it gets the maximum place. Considering that Super Metroid celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year, it seems fitting to give this particular piece some attention.

To vote, please follow these instructions carefully:

1. Go to http://halloffame.classicfm.com/2014/vote/#vote-form

2. Follow the instructions under “To cast your vote” section and type “Metroid” into the search bar

3. Two entries should appear below the search bar. Click “Super Metroid Theme” followed by “Metroid Prime

4. Once you have clicked each, they should appear as your first and second choice. You will need to enter a third song in order to submit your vote, we would like to suggest “Donkey Kong 64″ by Grant Kirkhope.

5. Double check to ensure that you have entered your votes correctly, and click “Submit your vote”

6. You will be promoted to add your name, e-mail address and telephone number. Once you have entered the details and confirmed you have read the terms and conditions, you can submit your vote.

We are competing with some of the most famous composers and pieces of music of all time, so to get a Metroid theme anywhere in this top 300 list is going to be a huge achievement. We urge you to spread the word by linking people back to this post so we can help Metroid enter this notable list. Voting closer at 23:59 GMT on 28th February 2014, with the big reveal taking place on ClassicFM on the Easter weekend, so we don’t have long to make this happen!

Sam Dillard’s new project – Eternity Rising

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Harmony of a Hunter’s Sam Dillard has pitched a new original album idea on Kickstarter. The album is Eternity Rising, A Science Fiction Score & Animation which Sam hopes to put together with the support of his fans. Sam is an invaluable asset to Harmony of a Hunter and our upcoming album Harmony of Heroes, and we know there’s a lot of supporters of him here too! Sam has also offered some very awesome things to tempt you to donate..

By donating $40 you can even get yourself an early copy of Sam’s upcoming Legend of Zelda track from Harmony of Heroes. (Limited to 100)

By donating $200 Sam Dillard will compose a piece of music for YOU! (Limited to 20)

We really hope that you will support Sam and help a very talented musician reach his goal. For more information, click the link below!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/samostudios/eternity-rising-science-fiction-score-and-animatio

Metroid Headquarters annual marathon

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

This week, fellow Metroid fansite Metroid Headquarters will be hosting their annual Metroid marathon, MHQthon 2013. As usual, they will play through all of the Metroid games, this time attempting to do so in an walkthrough manner. During the marathon, they will be raising donations for the Child’s Play charity. Check it out!

Ex-Retro Developer Says Metroid Prime Sucks

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

In an interview to GameInformer, ex-Retro Studios member Mark Pancini, currently working at Armature on Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, expressed his distaste for the Metroid Prime games. Here’s what he had to say:

Even though you don’t want to be seen as the ex-Metroid Prime guys,  fans are going to be excited when they know ex-Metroid Prime guys are going to be making a Super Metroid-style game.

I hope so. I hope we don’t disappoint them. That’s always my fear, because I think everything we do sucks. But that’s just me because I thought all the Prime games suck. At the end of the day all I see are all the bad things. Prime 2 was a blur to me. It was so quick, it was so fast. That thing just went out the door and it was a very divisive game. People either liked it or thought it sucked, and I can completely agree because I couldn’t tell you what that game was because it happened so quickly. Prime 1 was the best designed game. Prime 3 I feel is the most fun one to play. Prime 2 is divisive. You either like it or you don’t. That’s kind of the way I look at it.

Source: GameInformer

As a developer, it’s not easy to look back on your own work. The faults will always stand out to you and remembering your involvement in all of it might turn out to be difficult. I can respect how he feels, but think it’s unfortunate that he does so. He participated in three fantastic games that so many people enjoy and love, not many game developers can say that! With a portfolio rocking Prime, Echoes and Corruption, it’s a real shame that he isn’t as proud of it as the games’ fans are.

Shinesparkers founder and webmaster Darren Kerwin asked me to emphasize that he disagrees with Pancini. Metroid Prime is his favorite game of all time.

I’m a Zero Mission guy, but I love the Prime trilogy and believe it to be the greatest in all of gaming.

Naner.

Ex-Retro Members Working On New Batman Game

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Warner Bros. Games has announced Batman: Arkham Origins for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U as well as Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Arkham Origins Blackgate is being developed by Armature Studio, a team including several lead members from the Metroid Prime Trilogy team: Mark Pacini, Todd Keller and Jack Mathews, former Game Director, Art Director and Principal Technology Engineer, respectively. It will be a 2.5D game focusing on action and exploration, which means it could be an excellent game for Metroid fans. Expect to hear more about both games at E3 in June.

Source: GameInformer

Also revealed today was that Armature had started working with Capcom on a Mega Man reboot, called Maverick Hunter, a few years ago. The game would have been a first-person shooter and feature a more dark and gritty look. It was canceled by Capcom in 2010.

Source: Polygon

ZombiU inspired by Metroid

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

In an interview to EL33TONLINE, Nicolas Robin, associate producer for Ubisoft’s Wii U survival horror ZombiU, said that their game’s world structure was inspired by Metroid.

And regarding the structure of the world we were really inspired by Metroid. So basically you will gain some abilities or new tools that you will discover in the game. There are very open areas that we show but you are not able to go there.

Exploration limited to the player’s skills and tools are very much a Metroid mechanic, and it’s nice to see it used in other games.

ZombiU will be released on November 18th in North America and November 30th in Europe, along with Nintendo’s new console Wii U. A limited edition bundle including the console and ZombiU will also be available in Europe.

Source: EL33TONLINE

Play Expo – Manchester 13th October

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Play Expo is a gaming event held by Replay Events Ltd offering attendees various different kinds of gaming experiences. Play Expo is one of the events that will be playing host to the Wii U showcase tour, allowing attendees the chance of trying out the upcoming Nintendo hardware. We attended Replay Expo last year, and got a good feel for the event and had a great time. We’re very happy that Shinesparkers have been invited back, allowing us to get hands on with games such as Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros U. Nintendo will also be taking along the 3DS XL and games for people to check out.

Here is a full list of games that Nintendo will be showing at Play Expo this year:

Wii U:

Batman: Arkham City
Darksiders II
New Super Mario Bros. U
Nintendo Land
ZombiU
Rayman Legends
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Trine 2

Panorama View

3DS XL:

Pokémon Black and White 2
Paper Mario: Sticker Star

We shall also be checking out the four distinct types of events at Play Expo. re.playfocuses on classic arcade, retro consoles and vintage computers while  now.play offers the very latest games and upcoming releases. pro.play is a eSports event for competitive gaming tournaments and cos.play will have costume competitions, discussions, artists and anime traders. I wonder if we’ll see any cool Samus cosplayers? We’ll be sure to snap up a few pictures and share what we find!

With such a diverse amount of content, it’s clear that Play Expo is the place to be next week for all your gaming needs. If you would like to attend, you can still buy tickets from the Play Expo website. Hope to see you there! If you’re bringing your 3DS with you, make sure you have Streetpass enabled, I need more pink puzzle pieces!

Feature: ChozoBoy’s Ridley CosPIX

Friday, August 24th, 2012

We have been talking with Dan Cattell, also known as ChozoBoy about his latest piece of art taking one of Metroid’s most iconic characters and bringing him into the real world. ChozoBoy with the help of friends designed a life sized Ridley, pixel perfect from Super Metroid. He’s a huge fan of the series and his passion and dedication really show in this project. The feature is now available to read in the Articles and Features section or by clicking the picture above.

MHQthon 2012

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Metroid Headquarters will be hosting a live event once again to raise money for Child’s Play. Last year they raised over $500 for the charity, and this year they hope to do the same again. Here’s a press release from Metroid HQ:

This Friday, beginning at 8:00pm CDT, we will be putting on our second annual Metroid marathon, which we call MHQthon 2012. In it, we will be playing every single one of the released Metroid games, in both an effort to provide entertainment for the Metroid and general video game communities, and (more importantly) to raise money for a charity called Child’s Play, who uses the money to help give children in hospitals and therapy facilities the opportunity to play some of their favorite age-appropiate video games while undergoing hardships.

Metroid Headquarters will also be celebrating their 8th year as a Metroid fan website during the Marathon, which as i’m sure you will agree, is a huge achievement. We wish them the best of luck and urge you to tune in and donate to a worthy cause. Additionally, i’d like to ask our members who have Facebook to check out the MHQthon event page.

For more information, check out the Metroid Headquarters website.

also plan to celebrate MHQ’s 8 year anniversary during