Archive for November, 2011

New affiliate: Nintendo Scene

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

I’m delighted to announce that we have another new affiliate! Nintendo Scene is a Nintendo website offering regular news and content with a dedicated staff and a growing fan base. They also offer regular 3DS street pass events. I had the pleasure of meeting up with the staff at Zelda Symphony in London back in October at one of their 3DS Streetpass events and I am not ashamed to say that they’re one of my own personal favourite websites. You should definitely go and check them out!

Metroid II: Return of Samus hits eShop this Thursday!

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Back in August we reported that Metroid II: Return of Samus was confirmed to be released in Europe before the year was out, and it would appear that Nintendo have kept their word. The game will launch this Thursday, 24th November 2011 on the 3DS virtual console via the eShop for£3.60 (€4.00). The game launched on the 3DS back in September, but now European fans will be able to enjoy this classic for the first time since its original release back in 1991.

Update: We can also confirm that Metroid II will also be launching in North America on the same day as the European release.

The Game Boy’s exclusive chapter in the Metroid series sees Samus Aran on a mission to rid planet SR388 of the Metroid menace.

Battle through a sprawling underworld, seeking out every last Metroid, and build up your arsenal by discovering mysterious artefacts.

Enjoy new abilities like the Spider Ball, and powerful new weapons like the Plasma Beam, as you attempt to eradicate the Metroids once and for all.

Nintendo have also promised the release of Metroid Fusion for Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors before the year is out.

Source: Nintendo UK, Nintendo of America

Gamecube celebrates 10th anniversary

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

I felt it was worth mentioning that the Nintendo Gamecube today celebrates its 10th anniversary. It’s amazing to think that the console that brought us Metroid Prime (which celebrated its 9th anniversary a couple of days ago) and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes has reached such a milestone. I feel that the Gamecube is a console that has been very under appreciated and has a great library of games that people may have overlooked.

As well as two fantastic outings for Metroid, the system also brought Nintendo fans The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Super Smash Bros: Melee, Paper Mario 2: The Thousand Year Door, Animal Crossing and many more. Before I became a Metroid fan, I was a Pokémon fan, and I remember buying the system exclusively for Pokémon Colosseum, which I have many fond memories of. To this day, my Gamecube still sits on my desk with a Gameboy Player attached to play some Metroid Fusion or Zero Mission, or in case I want to relive the moment of playing Metroid Prime again how I originally played it.

Do you have any happy memories of the Gamecube? Be sure to share them on our Facebook page!

New affiliate: Radio Nintendo

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

We are delighted to announce that, at long last, we have finally linked back to Radio Nintendo which offers various shows dedicated to Nintendo music with DJ’s who discuss Nintendo related news, jokes and fun. Be sure to check them out, they’re cool guys.

Metroid Fusion Special Edition: Rebirth of Samus

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Metroid Database have recently translated a short Metroid Fusion story called Rebirth of Samus that can be found in Samus & Joey Vol. 1 and although only eight pages, it’s rather enjoyable. Metroid Database have recently finished translating the remaining pages of Samus & Joey and it’s nice to see that there are still things out there that fans have never had a chance to see, and just goes to show how vital the Metroid Database and their team are to the Metroid community.

A huge thanks to the team involved in bringing us these great translations, we hope to see them continue in the future!

Metroid Pumpkins!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

As some of you may have noticed, Shinesparkers had a slight makeover the other day as we rebranded ourselves as “Shinespookers” and we asked members of our Facebook group to carve some Metroid Pumpkins! Here are the entries we received.

Zadra carved three incredibly detailed pumpkins for us and even posed with one of them! Good job Zadra!

TheHawksEye impressed us with a pumpkin featuring two designs. Inititally I thought it was just a Metroid cut into the pumpkin but if you look closely, you can also see Samus! Great job!