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MHQthon 2015 – Live Now!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

It’s that time of the year again and our good friends over at Metroid Headquarters are hosting the 2015 MHQthon! Please check it out, leave some comments and, if you feel like it, leave a donation for the Child’s Play charity through the widget in the main page.

Watch live video from metroidhq on www.twitch.tv

Harmony of Heroes: Final Smash now available!

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Shinesparkers’ latest musical project, Harmony of Heroes: Final Smash, is now available! Final Smash is an expansion to Harmony of Heroes, containing tracks based on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/for Wii U and some0 that didn’t make it in the original album.

Harmony of Heroes: Final Smash
Harmony of Heroes: Final Smash
contains 27 tracks and is available as a free download here!

Super Smash Bros., Harmony of Heroes now out!

Wednesday, 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!

Harmony of a Hunter THIRD anniversary!

Thursday, 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.

Sincerely

Darren Kerwin
Director/Producer

Harmony of Heroes: Second Preview

Monday, 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:

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

Super Metroid 20th Anniversary features

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Today is Super Metroid‘s 20th anniversary! To celebrate, I, Renan “Naner”Greca, have written a feature telling a little bit of my story with the game and explaining what it means to me. Please, check it out here!

Super Metroid 20th Anniversary

Additionally, Shinesparkers webmaster Darren Kerwin wrote a piece about the game for the Official Nintendo Magazine, which can be checked out here!

Check out the #Metroid chat group!

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

In an effort to unify the Metroid community, Shinesparkers has joined forces with the Metroid Database and Metroid Headquarters to create #Metroid – an IRC chat room for all Metroid fans. To access, just click here and then click in “Proceed”. Both Darren and Renan will be active members there, so come by and chat with us!

Unreleased tracks from Harmony of a Hunter

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Yesterday was the first anniversary of Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, Shinesparkers’ second Metroid album. In celebration, we have released two previously unreleased tracks that didn’t make the final cut: “Raging Titans” and “vs Emperor Ing”. Check them out at our Soundcloud page!

Interview: Metroid: Enemies Within

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
For our latest feature, we have interviewed the creative team behind Metroid: Enemies Within, a ten minute live action short based on the events after Metroid Prime Hunters. The team is made up of Christian Cardona (Writer, Director, and Producer) Kent King (Producer) and Rebecca Marshall as Samus Aran, who we will be taking part in this interview. The team also includes James Young, Fight Choreographer and Stunt Coordinator). We will be discussing their movie which is currently being pitched on Kickstarter. Be sure to check it out in the Articles/Features section, or by clicking the image above.
I would also like to give a special thanks to Ben Stewart, who has returned temporarily as our graphic artist to step in for graphics while Sam is unavailable.

Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run OUT NOW!

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

After a year of hard work and dedication by the many musicians and team, Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run is now available to download completely free! It features 39 tracks by over 30 musicians. Harmony of a Hunter 101% Run is a follow up to Harmony of a Hunter, an album we released last year to mark the 25th anniversary of Metroid.

Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run was released to mark the 10th anniversaries of Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion, which reach their impressive milestones today. It’s been a lot of fun putting this album together and I want to thank the many musicians, artists and the team as a whole for making this album possible.

You can download Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run from our new look Harmony of a Hunter website right now!