Archive for December, 2011

Hello, everyone!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Hi, fellow Metroid fans! Many of you, particularly the ones who visit the forums here and at the Metroid Database, might already know me. Here in Shinesparkers, I’ve already participated in the 25th Anniversary Tribute Video and the Metroid Database 15th Anniversary Interview features. In any case, I’m Renan Greca, a.k.a. Naner, a Brazilian Metroid enthusiast who plays the games since 2005 and participates in the community since 2007. A few weeks ago, I was delighted by Darren’s invitation to be a part of the Shinesparkers staff. It’s my first time writing for a website, but I hope my posts will be useful and interesting to other fans. I’m not a native English speaker, but I try my best to make my grammar and spelling correct and comprehensible.

I’m going to help Darren by writing news posts, and also by posting some small (don’t expect 10 pages of text from me, I tend to be pretty objective in my writing) articles featuring my opinions on mostly Metroid-related subjects. Eventually, I’ll write something about gaming as a whole.

Don’t hesitate to comment on my posts saying what you think about the subject as well as the post itself. Constructive criticism is always helpful.

Thanks for your attention,
Naner.

PS: Happy 2012!

Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Shinesparkers are delighted to announce a new project in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Metroid franchise.

HARMONY OF A HUNTER: 101% RUN is an expansion to the previously released Harmony of a Hunter album which covers themes from the Metroid series we didn’t have time to add the first time around. The album also offers new tracks with talent from the original album plus brand new artists who hope to contribute a great musical experience for fans to enjoy. It should be noted that this expansion is not a brand new album, just an expansion to Harmony of a Hunter, a third disc if you will.

For those of you who are puzzled by the name of the expansion, it has several meanings. 101% refers to the fact that when we completed Harmony of a Hunter, I stated I would never again do another project like this due to the amount of work that went into it, and that it was 100% complete. 101% takes Harmony of a Hunter beyond the original concept. It also has a more obvious Metroid reference to speed running, and Metroid Prime 2 has a glitch where you can collect 101% items.

Harmony of a Hunter will be directed once again by myself, Darren Kerwin and assisted by Torbjørn ‘Falcool’ Brandrud. Artwork will be provided once again by Nate Horsfall. We will announce artists in due course.

Due to the popularity of Harmony of a Hunter, I felt it was something that the fans would appreciate and this is why we took the decision to create an expansion to the album. We hope that you will enjoy Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run when it releases next year. Be sure to stay tuned to the website and our social media pages for more information on the album.

Merry Christmas to all of our members! :)

Metroid Arrange by Bad Dudes

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Bad Dudes have just released a Metroid album in celebration of Metroid’s 25th anniversary. This album features music by Mazedude who also provided music for our own album Harmony of a Hunter back in August. The album features 15 tracks covering a range of music from the series:

1. Tim Sheehy – The Theme [Metroid - Title BGM] 02:33

2. Ailsean – Super Funktroid [Theme of SUPER METROID] 03:38

3. Mazedude – Grand Metroid Island [Metroid Prime - Menu Select] 03:39

4. Mustin – KR44441D [Metroid - Small Boss Room (I) ~ Kraid] 04:18

5. DiggiDis – Spikes are Everywhere [Super Metroid - Brinstar - Red Soil Wetland Area] 04:25

6. Kunal Majmudar – Phazon Punch [Metroid Prime 2 - Emperor Ing Battle 1] 04:27

7. Mazedude – Tallon et Nox [Metroid Prime - Tallon Overworld] 04:04

8. zykO – Drifter [Metroid Prime - Ice Valley] 06:53

9. Mustin – Singularity [Super Metroid - Maridia - Rocky Underground Water Area] 04:5

10. posu yan – the next sunrise [Super Metroid - Brinstar - Plant Overgrowth Area] 03:48

11. Mazedude – Diselbrainage [Super Metroid - Mother Brain] 04:21

12. Kunal Majmudar – Credtroids [Metroid II: Return of Samus - Ending] 03:17

13. Joshua Morse – In Search of the Last Metroid [Super Metroid Medley] 13:10

14. Dhsu – Bubble Tea [Metroid - Norfair (Flame Stage)] 03:06

The additional bonus track comes with the physical copy, which also includes a four page comic and is available to purchase for $13.99 (or $9.99 for a digital copy) from the website.

Feature: Metroid Database 15th Anniversary

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

It’s been a while since we brought you a new feature, but we are delighted to have an interview with the staff of Metroid Database, a Metroid fan website that has been a major influence and the heart of the Metroid fan community for 15 years. The interview has been made special by the presence of the original creator, TJ Rappel who looks back over the website and its history and his thoughts on how the website fairs today compared to when he first started it back in 1996. All current staff are also present as well as forum contributor Naner.

Metroid Database has been a great website, I visited the place when I first became a Metroid fan back in 2004 and to be able to learn more about the website and offer this interview in celebration of its 15th anniversary is something I feel very proud of. I hope you guys will give it a read! It’s available in the Articles and Features section now!

Speaking of anniversaries, today i’m celebrating one of my own! 25 years old and updating the website on my birthday, how’s that for dedication guys? Metroid isn’t the only one celebrating a quarter of a century and this guy is going to be playing some Metroid Fusion! Woo!

Metroid Fusion now available on 3DS

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Metroid Fusion is now available globally for Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors!

Nintendo had previously announced that people who purchased the console prior to the worldwide price drop in August would be eligible to ten free GBA games. However, 3DS users in Japan and Australia were treated to the games a day earlier than expected, with the US and Europe receiving the download early this morning.

There has been no announcement that other 3DS owners will receive Metroid Fusion and the other nine GBA.

In September, Nintendo sent out ten free NES games to Ambassadors which included the original Metroid and last month, Metroid II return of was released in Europe and the US as a purchasable game on the eShop.

Zelda: A possible franchise for Retro Studios?

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

In a recent interview with Wired, Shigeru Miyamoto discussed the future of Nintendo and how it could work with Western developers to produce some first party titles. In the interview, Miyamoto-san stated that The Legend of Zelda franchise could be a possible franchise for Retro Studios. The company has already provided Metroid fans with the Prime trilogy on the Nintendo Gamecube and Nintendo Wii consoles, as well as having an influence on Metroid Prime: Hunters from Nintendo Software Technology for  on the DS. The company has also worked on Donkey Kong Country: Returns for the Wii and more recently recently, helped in the development of Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS. Here’s a transcript from the Wired interview:

Wired.com: It’s come out since Mario Kart 7 came out, there have been some articles about how Retro Studios was very deeply involved in the making of this game, and it’s considered a landmark for the series because you had this collaboration between EAD and Retro. And I’m curious as to whether you think that this would be an interesting model for more games, like a Mario platformer or a Zelda game, to have a Western team and a Japanese team working in close concert to produce a game like that.

Miyamoto: First of all, let me talk a little bit more in detail about how we collaborated with Retro Studios this time. Of course, they were taking care of the game designing aspect. Specifically, they were taking care of the design of the courses and the artwork about that. But when it comes to the gameplay and the control mechanism itself, that’s being taken care of by EAD once again.

People often say that videogames made by Western developers are somehow different in terms of taste for the players, in comparison with Japanese games. I think that means that the Western developers and Japanese developers, they are good at different fields. And that resulted in a different taste in [their games]. Mario Kart, I believe, was good in order to express that kind of different taste because we have many kinds of different courses for the Mario karts to run and race around. So for each of the different courses, we could identify: Retro is supposed to take care of this course, and EAD is going to do that, and such and such. Then, we were able to join forces in order to realize a variety of different courses, a variety of different tastes. I think that’s one reason how it worked out well between a Japanese development team and a Western development team.

As you know, we have already collaborated with Retro for the Metroid Prime series in the past. And I think when we talk about any other franchise, Zelda might be a possible franchise for that collaboration.

How do you feel about Retro Studios taking on The Legend of Zelda franchise? Do you think they could do a good job?

Metroid Fusion on 3DS this Friday!

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Back in July, Nintendo announced that Metroid Fusion would be available to Nintendo 3DS ambassadors that purchased the system prior to the global price drop. This game will be available with nine others this Friday in Japan and Europe. It’s likely that this will be the same for other parts of the world, as the NES titles released for Ambassadors back in September released very shortly after one another.

Metroid Fusion was announced along with Yoshi’s Island (Super Mario Advance 3), Mario Kart: Super Circuit, WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgames and Mario vs. Donkey Kong. Nintendo have also revealed that F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Wario Land 4.

To download the games when they become available, enter the 3DS eShop on the 3DS home screen. From there, scroll left to Settings / Other. From there, scroll down to Your Downloads (or Titles You’ve Downloaded). If you are eligible as a Nintendo 3DS Ambassador, your ten free games should be in the list of already downloaded titles. You simply click “Redownload” to download the games to your system. If you’re a member of the United States and want to check your eligibility to the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program, you can do so here. You can also download and check out the Nintendo Ambassador Certificate for further information.

No sign of Metroid: Zero Mission but on a personal note, I am thrilled to see Minish Cap, it’s one of my favourite games outside of the Metroid series!

Latest 3DS firmware update now available

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

The latest 3DS firmware update is now available globally. It brings with it some big changes to the 3DS system, allowing owners to capture 3D video and enjoy an enhanced eShop experience allowing you to purchase games and content for their exact price, rather than paying for a set price and having money left over. The update also brings a brand new street pass quest game, building on the experience of the first game which allowed 3DS owners to take to the streets and use the streetpass feature to find other 3DS owners and collect Mii’s to use in battle against various monsters. Players could also collect a variety of different hats for their Mii’s, two of which were a Samus helmet and a Metroid hat. The update brings almost 60 new hats to collect, but it’s not known if any of these new hats will be Metroid related.

You can get the update by following the following instructions:

Step 1: Go to your 3DS home screen and click “System Settings”
Step 2: Select “Other Settings”
Step 3: Search until you find “System update” and continue to follow the instructions from there.

Nintendo Ambassadors have also been promised ten free GBA games this month, one of which will be Metroid Fusion. It is not yet known what five of the ten GBA games will be, perhaps they’ll announce one of them to be Metroid: Zero Mission? Eligible people will find out very soon!