Archive for October, 2011

Vampire Variations

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Metroid wasn’t the only game franchise to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, a series that is often connected with Metroid recently reached the same impressive milestone. Castlevania is a franchise that seems to have been overlooked somewhat, but some talented guys have been working on an album to mark the occasion.

Vampire Variations is a collection of tracks from a variety of Castlevania titles and features some talent that fans of Harmony of a Hunter might recognise such as VikingGuitar and Stemage. Chernabogue, the album director also provides music for the album and Nate Horsfall has provided some incredible artwork for the album including several posters.

If you plan to have a Halloween party tonight, be sure to download and rock out with this amazing album, which i’m sure can be then further enjoyed for many years to come. Download the album today from the official website!

Vampire Variations

Samus & Joey volume 4 translated

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Metroid Database have further translated the Samus & Joey manga into the fourth volume. They have also cleaned up a few previous pages to improve the experience. If you haven’t read the manga yet, be sure to head over to the website and check it out!

Nintendo Community Fangame Convention 2011

Friday, October 28th, 2011

The Nintendo Community Fangame Convention is back again featuring a variety of fan games developed by talented people. Metroid has not been overlooked at the NCFC and has not one, not two, but five Metroid fan games showcased. One of these games is AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake) created by DoctorM64 and features a  demo of the game for people to download and check out. It offers a taste of what is to come in the final game and features some Alpha Metroids, a mini boss and some great music. The game also features a log book which provides information on the many areas and creatures around SR388. It’s quite exciting to see and has already received quite a lot of ‘likes’ on the website.

Check out the AM2R booth here

Two other games I should mention are Metroid Defense and Metroid Remix by Metroid Headquarters staff member Emperor. Both look to be pretty fun games and you should certainly check them out!

Metroid Database celebrates 15 years

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Metroid Database celebrates its 15th birthday today, an incredible milestone deserves a mention. The website has had a brand new addition made to it, the Metroid Database Bestiary! It offers detailed information on enemies from the Metroid universe and features some stunning artwork.he project was supposed to be released on the 25th anniversary of the Metroid series back in August, but the project was delayed slightly. However, it truly is an amazing project and I URGE people to go and check it out. Metroid Database also announced a new competition today called “Design a Samus contest” to win a variety of goodies, including a physical copy of our Harmony of a Hunter album!

We are extremely pleased to see such a well loved and respectable website such as MDB continue to impress all these years later. It is not only the longest running and most extensive Metroid website, it’s one of the oldest websites on the whole internet! May it continue and may we all continue to respect its presence. A huge thanks to all the staff and its members for helping to keep the Metroid online community alive.

Replay Expo coverage

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Shinesparkers will be attending Replay Expo 2011 and offering coverage for the website and for our friends over at N-Europe. Replay Expo is a UK based video game event run by Replay Events Ltd who organise large video game exhibitions and supply games consoles, home computers and related video game software and equipment for events and private hire. They also attend schools to educate young people on the history of video games.

Replay Expo offers attendees a chance to check out classic retro games on various platforms as well as current generation systems and the event has made a presence at some of the largest gaming exhibitions in the UK such as Eurogamer Expo and GAMEFest and has even featured on the Gadget Show. The event also houses arcade machines and hosts competitive gaming tournaments, challenges and various competitions. Replay Expo offers a unique opportunity for a gaming experience you may not have had the chance to experience before, or to relive fond childhood experiences.

Last year, the exhibition had attendance from Nintendo, Sony, Sega, Ubisoft and Bizarre Creations as well as the support of gaming retailer Gamestation. This year, Replay Expo have confirmed that Team 17, the development studio that is credited for the Worms franchise will be attending to give a talk and Q&A session. Nintendo have also been confirmed to return to the Expo and the organisers have promised that there will be more top class support from some huge gaming publishers and developers this year. The Q&A sessions will be hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

We are delighted to be attending the event and are proud to represent a company that recognises the importance of video games historically and educationally. Replay Expo 2011 will be to the Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre in Blackpool on the 5/6 November 2011. Tickets are still available from the website. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)