Archive for January, 2011

New screens of Metroid: Other M stage in DoA: Dimensions

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

New screens from the upcoming Dead or Alive: Dimensions game were released today, which include shots of the Other M themed stage. You can check out the screens here

Source:  The Gaming Liberty

Feature: Tommy Tallarico

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

For our first feature of the year, we speak with Tommy Tallarico, world famous for his contribution to over 275 video games in his career. His connection to the Metroid world is his work on Metroid Prime as an uncredited Sound Designer. He and his studio were responsible for the weapon sounds that you hear within the game. He is also host and CEO of Video Games Live, a concert which features music from a wide range of video games with live orchestras and choirs (including a Metroid segment!). The world record breaking concert has toured worldwide and continues to change and grow. It was a pleasure to speak with Tommy and we hope you enjoy the interview with this passionate and talented man.

Metroid: Other M stage in Dead or Alive: Dimensions

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Team Ninja showed off its upcoming game for the 3DS, Dead or Alive: Dimensions at the Nintendo 3DS event in Amsterdam today. The game will feature a Metroid: Other M themed level, based around the area where you fight Ridley. A trailer was released showing fighters engaging in a fight with Ridley flying in the background. When one of the fighters falls off the stage, Ridley grabs the fighter and smashes him or her into the wall, just like he did with Samus in Other M. Towards the end of the video, you can see Samus morph ball into the area and drop a power bomb. It is unknown if you’ll be able to play as Samus in the game or not, but we’ll be keeping a close watch on this game. You can watch the trailer below…

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In addition to the Metroid news, the 3DS has also been priced and dated. The system will launch first in Europe with a price tag of £229.99 on the 25th March 2011 followed by America on the 27th March 2011 with a price of $249.99.

Source: 3DSBuzz

Metroid 3DS hype?

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

It’s always great to hear a rumour for a new Metroid game, but when you’re at the center of the rumour, it’s a little strange. Recently I had replied to Jonathan Ross, an english tv celebrity and radio host about his preview of the 3DS, regarding his thoughts. A conversation started…

@wossy
A few other faves coming as well – plus a few unexpected revivals!! Can say no more, sorry.

@darrenkerwin
It’s absolutely fine, I don’t expect you to spill anything, it’s nice to have a surprise. I have my fingers crossed for Metroid..

@wossy
I think you’re going to be pleased then…

That last tweet caused a huge storm on many top gaming websites across the internet such as IGN, Eurogamer, Computerandvideogames, Digital Spy, Cubed3, Escapist Magazine, Aussie-Nintendo…the list goes on!

Needless to say the whole thing took me by surprise how one short innocent conversation lead to such a huge outbreak of news. Shortly after the rumour hit the internet, I contacted Jonathan directly to clarify what was going on and he confirmed that wires had been crossed. Jonathan later confirmed publically that it was the case and that his words were taken out of context.

On a personal note, I am still hoping that Nintendo confirm something Nintendo related themselves, their conference will be streamed tomorrow at 2PM (GMT) on the official site.

The Crimson Depths

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

I wanted to take the opportunity to show off this amazing piece of music created by Sam Dillard. It is an orchestrated take on the Kraid’s Lair theme from Metroid NES and Brinstar Red from Super Metroid. In my opinion it’s one of the best pieces of fan made Metroid music i’ve heard in a long time and I hope you all think so too!

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I would also like to give a notable mention to Metroid Headquarters who have just released their second podcast. This time they interviewed the owner of Metroid Recon, Falcon Zero! Be sure to check it out!

All is quiet..

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

There really hasn’t been a great deal to update about this year so far, the world of Metroid has been a quiet one. We do have a few smaller updates to keep you tied over until bigger news comes however!

First of all, Nintendo’s latest handheld, the 3DS is currently been showcased in Japan. This new handheld will potentially be where the next Metroid game in the series will land. Our friends over at Aussie Nintendo are attending the event and have been updating their website with various thoughts about the system and the games. Check them out, it’s quite an interesting read!

A short while ago we updated on a cosplayer called PixelNinja who created a very impressive looking Varia Suit. She has recently showcased her latest Metroid cosplay, the Gravity Suit! Personally, I feel this is even more impressive than the Varia Suit! You can check out her Gravity Suit and her other cosplays here and she has also taken pictures of both suits in various design stages during their creation. You can check those out here.

Finally, I would like to thank people for the feedback from the Justin Bailey Adventures we’ve had some positive feedback so far and we’re enjoying making it. Saturday is hard at work creating chapter 2 and i’m busy writing up a solid script a few chapters ahead of that. Keep an eye out for the next chapter at some point next month.

That’s pretty much it for now, as I said there really isn’t a whole lot of news going around. I suggest checking out the forums and partake in some discussion with humans. Or maybe I can send our pet Ridley over to do a little dance for you…he’s been a bit bored recently and he’s a bit fat since the festive period, he needs to work off the pounds..

Making of The Justin Bailey Adventures

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Hope you’re enjoying our latest addition to our site, The Justin Bailey Adventures. Here’s a video of the process our artist Saturday goes through to make each page of the comic. As you can see, a lot of effort goes into each one. Enjoy!

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The Justin Bailey Adventures

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Happy new year and welcome to 2011 Shinesparkers! We hope that the year ahead is a good one for us all. Today is the day we unveil our secret project that we’ve been working on for the past few months, Metroid: The Justin Bailey Adventures!

This exclusive comic was put together by Saturday Sazaran and myself that is set just after the events of Metroid NES and tells a story that takes place from the Space Pirates perspective on planet Zebes. Our main characters are a Space Pirate called Justin and a Geemer called Bailey. We aim to release new chapters every month and hope you will enjoy this new addition to our website. Feedback is most appreciated so do feel free to leave a comment for us!

The Justin Bailey Adventures

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Happy new year and welcome to 2011 Shinesparkers! We hope that the year ahead is a good one for us all! Today is the day we unveil our secret project that we’ve been working on for the past few months, Metroid: The Justin Bailey Adventures!

This exclusive comic will be drawn by Saturday Sazaran and written by myself. The comic will focus on Metroid from the Space Pirates point of view, and details the events on Zebes after Samus destroyed Mother Brain in Metroid NES. We are aiming to release a new chapter every month and we hope that you enjoy the story! Feedback is always appreciated so do feel free to drop us a comment below to let us know what you think of it!