Archive for January, 2012

Article: Metroid Wii U concept

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

In a change to our usual interviews, Shinesparkers will also be occasionally providing you with opinion pieces and thoughts on various Metroid related topics. Earlier this month I wrote a piece on my thoughts for Metroid Wii U and how the new controller could be used to play a brand new Metroid game. Both myself (Darren) and Naner will be writing articles that we hope you will enjoy. You can check out the Metroid Wii U concept article in the Articles/Features section now!

Max Factory’s Samus Models

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Max Factory revealed a few details on its new Varia Suit Samus figma and Zero Suit Samus model. Here’s what we know so far:

  • Both figures are set for release in June, 2012.
  • The Varia Suit model is 15cm (~5.9 inches) tall, while the Zero Suit one is 22cm (~8.6 inches).
  • The Varia Suit comes with a Morph Ball, arm cannon accessories, changeable left hands and a stand. You can freely change its poses.
  • The Zero Suit comes with a Metroid and a stand. It cannot change poses.
  • The suggested prices are 3800 yen (about $50) for the Varia Suit and 7800 yen (about $100) for the Zero Suit, but you might be able to get them for less by pre-ordering.
  • You can pre-order them at AmiAmi, Hobby Link Japan, Hobby Search, or Otacute. All of those are based in Japan, so don’t expect cheap shipping.

In my opinion, both figures look simply amazing. I pre-ordered a Varia Suit figma for myself at AmiAmi, for 2820 yen. They don’t have information on shipping costs yet, but I’ll keep you updated.

Here are the official pages, full of pretty pictures, for the Varia Suit and Zero Suit.


Retro Studios hires new staff

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Metroid Prime developer Retro Studios have apparently taken on new staff in the form of Eric Kozlowsky, formally of development studio Naughty Dog famous for the Uncharted series.

Eric has held the position of Artist at Retro since July 2011 so although this news isn’t exactly new, it’s certainly something that has been brought to my attention recently. We can only wonder what the staff are up to behind the scenes. Of course, this doesn’t confirm any new Metroid game but it’s nice to see that something is going on at Retro Studios and only time will tell as to what that is..

Sources: NeoGAF

N-Gamer relaunches as Nintendo Gamer (UK)

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

N-Gamer, a popular unofficial Nintendo magazine in the UK has relaunched as Nintendo Gamer. Back in August, the magazine offered us a platform to contribute an article to mark Metroid’s 25th anniversary. The four page feature had contributions from staff at Metroid Database, Metroid Headquarters and Shinesparkers.

Nintendo Gamer will reach more Nintendo fans than ever before with a complete overhaul of the print magazine, iPad edition, social media reach and impending website launch.

The new-look magazine, on-sale January 5th 2012, delivers even more fantastic Nintendo content in its new super-wide format; now filling a hefty 148-pages. In addition, the cover price has been reduced from £4.99 to £4.50 providing even better value-for-money for consumers.

Inside the magazine, readers will find the same honest and opinionated Nintendo content that was the trademark of the old magazine, wrapped up in a cleaner, more contemporary design. Nintendo completists are well catered for, with coverage of every Nintendo console past and present – from NES to Wii U and everything in between. will launch in early February 2012, reaching a greater audience of core Nintendo gaming communities with Nintendo Gamer’s brutal honesty, unrivalled authority and irreverent humour. Opinion and reaction to breaking Nintendo stories, editorialised video trailers and strong community focus will position as the leading website for true Nintendo fans.

Nintendo Gamer’s Facebook page has an eight page sample of their first magazine that you can check out. You can purchase a digital download online or on Apple Newsstand or in store from various outlets in the UK.

Metroid: Other M reaches one million sales

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

It took seventeen months, but it finally made it. Metroid: Other M has finally surpassed the one million global sales mark. The most controversial Metroid game to date has had a bumpy ride, with divided opinions from fans and critics. Sales for the game started off well, with just under 250,000 copies sold globally in the very first week of release, and just over 480,000 total sales in ten weeks. But sales began to drop as the months went by, and so did the price. Stores such as Best Buy were selling the game at one point for as little as $4.99! Due to the holiday period, sales of the game have risen dramatically and helped the game reach its total.

Even though it’s likely that Nintendo have lost money on the release of this game, it’s nice to know that there are so many copies out there, and due to the low price, people have given the game a chance and potentially enjoyed the experience. Congratulations Metroid: Other M! In this case, the “M” stands for million!

Source: VGChartz