Archive for February, 2012

Metroid coming for Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Nintendo of Japan has announced that the original Famicom Disk System Metroid will be available in the 3DS eShop on February 29th for non-Ambassadors. It will cost 500 yen.

Considering Super Mario Bros. is already available in the American and European eShops, it seems possible that we’ll see the game within the next few weeks. Stay tuned to Shinesparkers for the latest info about it.

Update: Metroid is also available for release on the European eShop in March! No specific date has been announced. Once released, Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to update their copy of Metroid NES to use save states, allowing you to save at any point and continue when you wish. This might be helpful to those who become frustrated by Metroid’s difficulty, like me…

Sources: Nintendo of Japan & Nintendo UK

Work begins on Super Smash Bros 3DS & Wii U

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Sakurai, the Director of Software Development for Sora Ltd and Project Sora has posted on his Twitter account that he has been browsing the Smash Bros. Dojo as part of his research into development of the next Smash Bros game. Back in June 2011 at the E3 press conference, Satoru Iwata of Nintendo announced that the next Smash Bros game would be developed for the Wii U and the 3DS, and that the two games would work together in some form. Sakurai-san stated that work on the next Smash Bros would not begin until his latest game, Kid Icarus: Uprising was completed. That game went gold in January, which signals that the next game could very much be underway.

Metroid has  had a presence in every Smash Bros game since it was first developed for the Nintendo 64. Samus Aran has always been a playable character and in Super Smash Bros: Brawl, Zero Suit Samus was added as a playable character. There is no reason to believe that this trend won’t continue, and we should see some Metroid love for the next installment of the Smash Bros series.

Samus and Joey manga translation

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Metroid Database have recently been translating the next installment of the Samus & Joey manga. Chapter 6 is now complete and MDB admin CapCom has promised that volume 2 of the manga is  even better than the first! If you haven’t been following the manga so far, be sure to check it out over at the website now!

Samus & Joey Volume 1

Samus & Joey Volume 2

Other translated Metroid manga

A huge thanks to CapCom, Sharonlover, GrendleMK2 and others who continue to provide fans such as ourselves with these translations.

Let’s get Metroid voted into the ClassicFM Hall of Fame!

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

ClassicFM, an independent national radio station in the United Kingdom is compiling a list of music for their hall of fame. 300 pieces of classical music will be entered and the public are the ones who get to vote for them! However, there is a campaign by a group called ClassicVGMusic to get video game music added to this list, and ClassicFM are supporting the idea! So naturally, as a Metroid fan, I couldn’t sit back and let this fantastic opportunity go by without recommending to everyone to vote for a piece of Metroid music to be added to this list!

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Harmony of a Hunter nominated for an OSV award

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Original Sound Version (OSV) have nominated Harmony of a Hunter for an award in in their 3rd Annual Osvostoty Awards: 2011. We’re a nominee in the Best Western Fan Arrangement Album category. We are delighted to have been nominated for such an award and it is no doubt down to the incredibly talented individuals who contributed to the album possible and the overall reception that the album received from the fans. Other nominees include Made of Metal by Viking Guitar and Metroid Arrange 25th Anniversary Album by Bad Dudes.

Winners and runner ups will be announced in the next few weeks so be sure to keep your eyes on the official OSV website and Shinesparkers for the results.

Source: Original Sound Version

Review: Metroid Arrange

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Mustin very kindly sent over a copy of Metroid Arrange, the latest album from Bad Dudes celebrating 25 years of Metroid. We have reviewed it, so be sure to head over to our articles and features page now to check it out!

We are also giving one lucky user a chance to win a copy of the album! Simply tell us your favourite track by commenting on our Facebook page. Tell us what your favourite track from the album is and why! A winner will be chosen on the 29th February 2012. All entries must be made specifically as a comment to this thread.

Good luck!