Archive for August, 2011

Shinesparkers celebrates one year

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Today, Shinesparkers celebrates its first anniversary. It’s been a great year and I would just like to thank everyone that has helped and supported Shinesparkers since we first began on August 31st 2010. We have released a feature detailing some of my thoughts over the past year. Be sure to check it out in the Articles/Features section now.

Metroid NES coming to 3DS eShop

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Nintendo of Japan have confirmed that Metroid NES will be coming to the 3DS as part of their Virtual Console lineup. The game will be available to all before the year is out but Nintendo Ambassadors, who bought the 3DS before the price drop on August 12th 2011 will be able to download the game completely free. It joins Metroid II: Return of Samus and Metroid: Fusion (Ambassadors only) on the 3DS before the year is out.

UPDATE: Nintendo of America has updated their 3DS Ambassador page to confirm that the region will be receiving the same ten games as Japan. Still waiting on confirmation for Europe and Australia/New Zealand.

Source: Nintendo Japan

Varia Suit and Zero Suit figures by Max Factory

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

We now have some clear shots of the upcoming Varia and Zero Suit figurines by Max Factory which were taken by Tokyo Hunter at the Chara Hobby annual trade show. We have hosted the images here at Shinesparkers for you to check out. Be sure to tell us what you think!

Source: Tokyo Hunter

Max Factory to make Metroid: Other M Figures

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Max Factory, a Japanese PVC maker have been given the licence to create two figurines for Metroid: Other M. The Power Suit will be a small poseable figure to retail at ¥3,000-4000 ($39.11 – $52.15 USD). Max Factory will also be creating what appear to be a Zero Suit figurine at 1/8th scale and to release in 2012. There was no further details listed.

The figurines offered by Max Factor will be considerably lower than the current licenced products by First4Figures which have been known to sell well over the $100 price tag. However, it’s unknown at this stage what materials will be used to create these products. You could end up getting what you pay for in terms of quality.  Sadly we haven’t been unable to find any full shots of the figurines, these images appeared on a Japanese image board. We will give more news once we have it.

Source: Plastikitty
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Metroid CG Animation: Into the Green World

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

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Sam Dillard has created a short CG animation to compliment his track from Harmony of a Hunter titled “Into the Green World” which is a remix of Super Metroid’s Brinstar Vegetation theme. Here is what Sam had to say about his video:

This is a short CG animation I created for my song Into The Green World, for the Harmony Of A Hunter album. It took several months to design, build, and render. The Samus model is from MP, I rigged & animated her and modeled everything else from scratch. I wish it could have been longer but it took such a long time to make as it is. Maybe next time I’ll do a longer movie. But for now, hope you enjoy it! Thanks for listening/watching!

Sam also contributed two other tracks to the album, “The Crimson Depths” and “Mission Complete: Ending Suite” which you can download from our Harmony of a Hunter website.

You can find more from Sam at his website.

Will Metroid II on eShop release outside of Europe?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Earlier this month, Nintendo of Europe announced that Metroid II: Return of Samus would be heading to the 3DS eShop before the year is out. However, there was a little confusion as to whether fans would see a release in other parts of the world. I contacted Nintendo of America’s Kit Ellis to find out whether the game will be heading to the region.

That announcement was specific to Europe. We haven’t made any announcements about the game’s eShop availability in North America at this time.

Although brief, it does seem to confirm the game has only been announced for people in Europe so far. This may not be too much of a surprise to many, but at least it gives some sort of confirmation to those who were wondering. Would you like to see the game released in other regions too?

Source: Nintendo of America PR

Metroid II: Return of Samus heading for 3DS eShop

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

We all knew it was going to happen sooner or later. Metroid II: Return of Samus has been announced for the 3DS eShop and will be released later this year says Nintendo. The announcement is sure to be welcome by many fans who wanted to see Nintendo release Metroid II to mark the 25th anniversary of Metroid, which celebrated its birthday on the 6th August 2011.

Those who prefer to re-live some classic adventures are in for a treat as Virtual Console for Nintendo 3DS is bringing an array of Game Boy™ games to Nintendo 3DS – Super Mario Land 26 Golden Coins™ and Metroid™ II – Return of Samus will both be making their way to download from Nintendo eShop before the year is out.

Interestingly, Metroid II: Return of Samus will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in November and if Nintendo stick to their word in regards to release, the release of the game on the 3DS eShop will tie in nicely with this.

Back in July, Nintendo announced that 3DS owners who purchased the system prior to the global price drop would be entitled to 20 free games (10 NES, 10 GBA) later in the year, one of which would be Metroid Fusion. It’s nice to see that 3DS owners will have two good reasons to look forward to before the year is out.

Last chance to register as a Nintendo Ambassador (3DS)

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

For those of you who haven’t purchased a 3DS yet, you have until 11:59pm on August 11th to purchase one and access the Nintendo eShop to register yourself as a Nintendo Ambassador. On August 12th, Nintendo will be slashing the price of the 3DS, but for anyone who buys a 3DS prior to that will have access to 20 free games, 10 games from the NES and 10 games for the Gameboy Advance, one of which is Metroid Fusion. Although Nintendo have confirmed that all users will be able to download NES titles in the future, they currently have no plans to release Gameboy Advance games.

Whichever way you look at it, now is an ideal time to purchase a Nintendo 3DS! Metroid Fusion and other Gameboy Advance titles for the 3DS will be available later in the year.

Theophany: Crystal Flash (Metroid 25th anniversary)

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Musician Theophany, who contributed to our very own Harmony of a Hunter has put together his own album called Crystal Flash. Not only does this album further celebrate the 25th anniversary of Metroid, it also pays a special tribute to remixer Christopher Powell (Avien) who died in a car accident back in 2004. Avien contributed to Relics of the Chozo, one of the very first remix albums by OCRemix with the track Noumenon.

The album itself is very nice and the artwork is absolutely stunning. I wasn’t even aware of this album until it was released, Theophany kept very quiet on the whole thing! The final track to the album, “Alone in the Universe” is a remix of the Metroid: Other M commercial theme. It was originally planned for Harmony of a Hunter, however I felt that “What’s past is Prologue” was a better fit. I am thrilled to see that he released the track anyway and I urge you to give the whole album a listen.

A huge thanks and congratulations to Theophany for putting this together. For more information, be sure to check out the download link in the source below where you can also download the album for free.

Source: Theophany: Crystal Flash

The Making of “Phazon Corruption” by the Video Game Music Choir

Monday, August 8th, 2011

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The Video Game Music Choir contributed a track to our album “Harmony of a Hunter” and they have just released this making of video, to show fans how the piece of music was created. Enjoy!