Archive for March, 2012

Metroid references in Kid Icarus: Uprising

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Kid Icarus: Uprising is the latest high profile title for the Nintendo 3DS. The game contains references to other Nintendo titles, Metroid included. Here’s a couple of screenshot that user Gh0sTiE5 captured for us!

Have you played the game yet? Found any other references? Be sure to let us know!

Samus costume to feature in Dynasty Warriors Vs.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Japanese video game magazine Famitsu has revealed that the upcoming Dynasty Warriors Vs. for 3DS by Tecmo Koei will feature a Zero suit costume option for players. The costume will be based upon the Zero Suit design from Metroid: Other M. The game will also feature Link’s tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The game is due for release on April 26th in Japan but it is not yet known whether the game will be released in other regions or whether these costumes will be part of the game or additional downloadable content.

Metroid made a cameo appearance in another Tecmo Koei title last year with Dead or Alive: Dimensions for the 3DS. It featured a stage from Other M featuring Ridley and a short cameo from Samus in her morph ball powerbombing the stage. Stay tuned to Shinesparkers for more information as we get it.

Source: NeoGAF, Famitsu

Metroid on European eShop later this week

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Following the release on the Japanese and American stores, Official Nintendo Magazine confirmed the NES Metroid will arrive for 3DS Virtual Console at the European eShop this Thursday. It will cost £4.50 for the UK and €5.00 for other parts of Europe.

Press release:

Prepare yourself for the return of the original NES classic Metroid™, re-released on the Nintendo eShop this week, and see how the whole saga began! As the legendary bounty hunter Samus Aran, you will once again be able to take on the Space Pirates and their leader Mother Brain to bring peace to the galaxy. The original Metroid adventure introduced the unique blend of exploration and high-octane action that has characterised the series ever since.

European Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will receive an update for the game with additional features such as restore points and a manual.

Source: Official Nintendo Magazine

Marriage Proposal aquired!

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

I just wanted to share with you this AMAZING story I heard about this week. Jered McFerron, a programmer from Phoenix, Arizona used his programming skills to re-write the game and add an altered room, one that contained a very special message. Jered had originally re-written Metroid NES from scratch back in 2003 and added some additional features such as a Space Jump from Super Metroid and a save system. But recently, Jered programmed an extra addition to the game, one specifically designed to propose marriage to his girlfriend Jenni!

Jenni had never played Metroid NES before due to its difficulty but eventually took on the challenge of playing Jered’s version of the game. Because she was not familiar with the game, the changes that huge fans of the game would have spooted immediately, were lost on her. So she progressed through the game oblivious as to what she was approaching. Jered explains this in his blog:

The game flow follows the normal path. Go to the left, get the ball. Go to the right, begin the long climb up the corridors of Brinstar. The first difference, however, is that I’ve sealed off the entrance to gold Brinstar. Oh you can get through. For 100 missles! Fortunately for me, she was not familiar enough with Metroid to notice these changes, so things went along nicely.

Now the actual proposal room is a typical Chozo Statue item room, and his item is a ring. (Having no ring items available in Metroid, the red ring from Zelda had to do.) It was important to me that she first get a regular item so she understood what those rooms meant. So the next stop was for Long Shot and some missles. I sealed off the proposal room with a red door (5 missles) so that she would have to do this first. Notice I gave her 25 missles, as I wasn’t sure how good her aim would be.

The proposal room was an edited version of the entrance to Tourian, which featured a Chozo statue holding the ring, with the message “Jenni, I love you! Will you marry me?” appearing on screen. Obviously, Jenni realised that this wasn’t part of the game so turned to Jered to find him on one knee. She said yes and the rest, as they say, is history! We at Shinesparkers wish you the very best of luck for the future.

We’ve contacted the couple for comment! Hopefully they’ll be able to share their thoughts with us at Shinesparkers!

Metroid NES now available on eShop in US

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Metroid NES is available to download from today on the US eShop for $4.99. Japan got the game yesterday and it was also announced that Europe would see a release in March.

Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors have had Metroid NES since September last year. Once the game is released in their region, Ambassadors can update their games via the eShop to allow them to use save states, allowing them to save their game at any point.