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Metroid Prime: Federation Force announced at E3 2015

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

On June 16, during Nintendo’s Digital Event, the company announced Metroid Prime: Federation Force, an upcoming spin-off of the Metroid Prime series focusing on the adventures of Galactic Federation marines. The game will be released in 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Metroid Prime: Federation Force will be a 4-player co-op game focusing on Galactic Federation troopers. It is being developed by Next Level Games, the Canadian studio that brought us Punch-Out!! on Wii and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon on 3DS. Producer Kensuke Tanabe, who also oversaw the development of Retro Studios’ Metroid and Donkey Kong games, said that Federation Forces “[is] sort of like a different perspective that I’m taking with this game to create sort of an opportunity to expand, to broaden the universe.”

Also included within Federation Force is Metroid Prime: Blast Ball, a 3-on-3 sports-like game to compete and enjoy with your friends.

Metroid Prime: Blast Ball

Controversy surrounds Federation Force, since it features little of the exploration-driven gameplay players are used to in the Metroid series. Tanabe, however, is confident that “once [players] play the game [they]’ll be able to feel that Metroid Prime universe.” Fortunately, the soundtrack is being composed by Kenji Yamamoto, who worked on Super Metroid and the Prime games, along with Next Level Games’ in-house composers.

Players on New Nintendo 3DS will enjoy enhanced features, but the game is compatible with all systems in the family. It will also feature Download Play, so players don’t have to worry about their friends also picking up the game. There has been no talk of online play so far.

Federation Force Screenshot

Check out the video below to get a glimpse of Federation Force gameplay on Nintendo’s Treehouse Live that happened during E3:

We at Shinesparkers will do our best to keep up-to-date with the latest Federation Force news, so stay tuned!

Sources: Nintendo’s E3 website and Kotaku’s interview with Kensuke Tanabe.

Metroid: Zero Mission on European Wii U eShop

Friday, March 13th, 2015

This week, Nintendo of Europe released the GBA classic Metroid: Zero Mission on the Wii U Virtual Console service. If you have a Wii U from that region, pick it up now for £6.29/€6.99/CHF 9.80!

The game is now available both in Japan and in Europe, while people in the Americas have yet to hear anything about it coming to their eShop.

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Source: Nintendo UK

Metroid Prime Trilogy announced for Wii U

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Earlier today, Nintendo announced that, starting now, Wii games will start becoming available for download on Wii U. Super Mario Galaxy 2 launches the feature today; Punch-Out!! and Metroid Prime Trilogy will follow later this month, on January 22 and 29 respectively. Each game will sell for 50% off during the first week after its release, so this might be a great chance to grab Retro Studios’ amazing trilogy for a low price!

Samus – in Shorts!

Tuesday, 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

Update: F4F Light Suit

Wednesday, 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

Thursday, 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

Nintendo says they “need to take care of” 2D and 3D Metroid

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Shinya Takahashi from Nintendo SPD hopes they will share something about both “in the near future”.

As E3 draws near a close, more little bits of information start showing up in various interviews across the web. Today, Stephen Totillo from Kotaku asked Shigeru Miyamoto, head of Nintendo EAD, and Shinya Takahashi, head of Nintendo SPD, about where the Metroid series could be headed. Takahashi-san emphasized that Metroid is built on two types of games, the 2D games like Metroid Fusion and the 3D first-person titles like Metroid Prime. This is what he had to say:

So it has been a while since we released the last one and we’re having discussions internally about what we can do next. So at this point we have two different types of Metroid games. We have the Prime style of Metroid game and we have the more traditional style of Metroid game. We feel that we do need to take care of both of these styles of play. And the hope is that at some point in the near future we’ll be able to share something about them.

Representatives from Nintendo have been reminding us that Metroid isn’t forgotten for a few years now, but it might have more weight coming from the head of Nintendo SPD himself. Nintendo SPD is where the mainline Metroid titles were developed, from Metroid on the NES (when the team was called Nintendo R&D) up to Metroid: Other M on the Wii in a collaboration with Team Ninja, and was also responsible for overseeing the production of the Metroid Prime series by Retro Studios.

Check out the full interview with Kotaku here.

Metroid: Zero Mission coming to Wii U Virtual Console

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Nintendo’s Japanese website now shows Metroid: Zero Mission amongst the upcoming releases for the Wii U Virtual Console service. The page reveals that the GBA classic will be released on the eShop in Japan on June 29, for 702 yen.

Nintendo has given no word on whether the game will also be released in the west, so stay tuned to Shinesparkers for the latest news on that!

Source: Nintendo

Bayonetta “cosplays” as Samus

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Earlier today, Nintendo announced that, along with Platinum Games’ Bayonetta 2, the original Bayonetta will also be released on Wii U as bonus content for the sequel. To spice things up, protagonist Bayonetta will be able to “cosplay” as Nintendo characters, including Princess Peach, Link, and Samus Aran. Bayonetta is seen wearing Samus’ Power Suit, similar to its appearance in Metroid titles such as Metroid: Zero Mission.

Bayonetta cosplays as Samus

Super Metroid as a Club Nintendo reward

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

North American Club Nintendo announced its new rewards, and now Super Metroid is amongst them. It’ll be available until June 8 for 200 coins on Wii U.

Check out the reward page here.