Archive for April, 2011

The Speed Gamers Metroid Marathon

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

The Speed Gamers are a group that are famous for their extensively long gaming marathons in which they play games for days to raise money for worthy charities. Next week, they’ll be speed running Metroid to raise money for their chosen charity they’ll be teaming up with Fan Gamer in order to raise some serious cash. It’s not the first time The Speed Gamers have decided to speed run Metroid, back in August 2008, they got through nine Metroid games and raised over $6,123.79 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and in March 2010 they raised $11,616.50 for the Halton Autistic Family Support group. Fellow staff member Wavehack and myself were present at the August 2008 marathon and I must say, it was a very exciting thing to watch, I was pretty much glued to my screen the whole time and Wavehack even managed to dig deep and donate to the worthy cause.

Metroid isn’t the only franchise TSG have covered, their past marathons have included Zelda, Mario, Mother/Earthbound, Halo, Pokémon, Metal Gear, Final Fantasy, Mega Man, Resident Evil, Assassin’s Creed, Castlevania and Kingdom Hearts. Since the first marathon started in March 2008, TSG have raised an incredible $254,995.67 for various charities and we can only hope that the third Metroid marathon will be their most successful yet!

Be sure to check out The Speed Gamers from the 6th May to the 9th May!

Source: The Speed Gamers & Fan Gamer

The countdown begins…

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The countdown to the 25th Metroid anniversary has begun! As of today, there are just 100 days left until the franchise turns 25 years old and I wanted to bring you up to date on a few things that Shinesparkers are trying to organise for it.

Since January, we’ve been sourcing a wide range of talent to put together an album of Metroid music covering 25 years of Metroid games. We plan to have music from every game except Pinball (which were just covers of Metroid Prime tracks) from Metroid NES right up to the most recent game, Metroid: Other M. It will feature a wide range of genres to ensure that the majority of people will find something they like. The album is set for release on August 7th and is coming along very nicely! we will make more details available closer to the time.

We also have a way for Metroid fans to pay tribute to the series if they wish, and we will be revealing those details to you in May. We also have a special announcement coming up in the next podcast from Metroid Headquarters, which should be available to download on the 1st May.

Keep a close eye on Shinesparkers over the next few months for further information on how we plan to mark this anniversary in style!

Nintendo officially confirms Wii successor

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Rumours and hype have been high in recent times surrounding Nintendo’s next generation leap in its home entertainment console. Today, Nintendo of Japan stated in an official press release that the successor of their popular Wii console will be revealed at  E3 in Los Angeles this June. Nintendo have also confirmed that the console will be playable and will be available to buy in 2012. No further details were given and the console is still unnamed.

With Nintendo’s latest handheld hardware, the 3DS selling well worldwide and the release of a brand new console coming next year, it’s quite likely we’ll eventually see a Metroid title on either if not both of these products. Stay tuned to Shinesparkers for any further developments.

Shinesparkers on Facebook

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

I am very happy to announce that as well as Youtube and Twitter, Shinesparkers is now on Facebook! Please show your support by liking us on the official Shinesparkers Facebook page! Don’t forget to invite your friends to like the page too!

Rumour suggests Retro Studios working on new title for ‘Wii 2’

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

The internet has been alight with rumours surrounding Nintendo’s next generation console which has been cited as “Project Café” and “Wii 2”. One of those more recent rumours may be of interest to users, as Metroid Prime developer Retro Studios has apparently “confirmed” they will be working on a new game for Nintendo’s next console which is “a project everyone wants us to do”. Retro Studios were apparently one of the first companies to receive a development kit for the new hardware and if their past releases are anything to go by, we can expect good things from them if these rumours are confirmed.

For now though I think we should just wait and see what happens, it’s very easy to get caught up in all the excitement so I urge people not to take this as fact until we can confirm otherwise.

Source: Paul Gale Network

New Nintendo console to be announced at E3 (rumour)

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

While we normally like to post about news that is actually confirmed to ensure that our readers are not mislead in any way, I felt that I should comment on some recent rumours regarding new hardware by Nintendo. The rumour is that the company will be announcing the successor to the Wii at E3 this year for release in 2012. The console is further rumoured to be more powerful than the rival Xbox 360 by Microsoft and the Playstation 3 by Sony.

Although this is merely a rumour, it is not something to completely to dismiss, the Wii has seen a decline in recent times and with the release of their latest handheld, the 3DS, it would make sense to launch new hardware for a new generation of gaming soon in order to compete with the competition. However until Nintendo can confirm otherwise, we shouldn’t get ourselves too excited about it. However if you feel like you must, feel free to hype it over on our forum, which have seen a great deal of activity recently.

I’d also like to quickly mention to our users that two staff members from Metroid Headquarters, Falcool and Gendreavus will be taking part in a Okami/Zelda marathon tomorrow to raise some money to support Japan after the recent catastrophe that occurred there. Please throw your support behind this and check out the live stream from 1pm EST Friday.

Signed Metroid Prime Trilogy by Retro Studios up for auction

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Our friend over at Metroid Database, Devin Monnens (CapCom) has donated a very rare and very special item to the Play for Japan relief efforts to raise funds towards  the recent Japan disaster. The Metroid Prime Trilogy collectors edition has been signed by Retro Studio’s Michael Kelbaugh (President), Kensuke Tanabe (Producer), Bryan Walker (Director of Development), Ryan Powell (Lead Artist), Chris Voelmann (Technical Artist), Will Bate (Lead Animator) and Aaron Walker (Senior Engineer).

At the time of writing, the item has raised $61.00 USD and will close on April 10 at 23:00:47 PDT. 100% of the final sale price donated to the American Red Cross. We know this item can do so much better and we are confident that the Metroid fan community are a passionate caring bunch, I am certain it can do better so if you have any spare cash and want to bag yourself a very rare item, you should keep your eye on this auction very closely..

You can find the auction here

UPDATE: The auction ended with 17 bids from 10 bidders, with a final total of $409.04! Amazing effort!

Source: Play for JapanMetroid Database

Minitroid: Metroid gets cute!

Monday, April 4th, 2011

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Minitroid is a fan game that has been in development for some time but now the guy behind it will be releasing a tech demo for fans to try it out.  For those of you who don’t know much about it, Minitroid is a fan game created by Tokinsom which originally started out as a small practice game consisting of a single area and boss. However, due to the reception it received, Tokinsom decided to make more of it and expanded on his practice game. This is how Minitroid was born.

The game is fairly reminiscent of Cave Story in terms of graphics, the game is classic Metroid but boasts original graphics, not recycled from previous Metroid games like some fan projects are. Tokinsom is responsible for level design while Betatronic provides the art. Jamie Billings offers an original chip tune score with a few classic themes from Metroid that we all know and love and Infinity’s End of the Metroid Database helped provide some of the sprites in the game. While Minitroid offers a brand new Metroid experience in terms of style and originality, classic items from the official Metroid games such as missiles and the screw attack will be making an appearance and you’ll even have the ability to perform wall jumping techniques…or is that kick climb now? (Metroid Other M).

A tech demo for Minitroid has now been released and Tokinsom has stated that it should take fans about 30-45 minutes to complete on the first run, 15 minutes on a second run, which I feel is more than enough time to get a good taste for what’s to come. The game will be available for anyone with Windows, however it may require a DirectX update to work. I personally tried to get this working so I could give you an advanced preview but unfortunately the game crashed on me when I tried to hit start.

The demo has been released through the Metroid Database and can be found in their fan apps section with additional information. The page will also give instructions on how to contact Tokinsom regarding any bug fixes required.

Special thanks to Tokinsom and Infinity’s End for bringing this game to my attention.

Justin Bailey Adventures: Chapter 4 now available

Friday, April 1st, 2011

The fourth chapter of our exclusive comic, “Metroid: The Justin Bailey Adventures” is out now now! I’m surprised we managed to get this one out on time as I had a bit of a block when it came to the script and Saturday decided to disappear ¬_¬’ but we got there in the end (thanks dude).

Anyway, you can find the latest chapter in our Comic section! Don’t forget to give us some feedback about it on the forums, where recently we’ve had an influx of activity 🙂

Feature: Thaís Jussim

Friday, April 1st, 2011

For our ninth feature, we interview Thaís Jussim, otherwise known as Yuki, a cosplayer who is famous for her Metroid cosplay. We speak to her regarding her highly detailed and well made suits (Varia and Zero), memorable moments during her cosplay, her thoughts and feelings on Samus and her aspirations for the future. It was a pleasure to speak with her and I hope you enjoy learning a little more about this passionate cosplayer.

You can find the interview in our Articles/Features section now!