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..
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.
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
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:
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.