Archive for August, 2012

Shinesparkers reaches second anniversary

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Our website has reached its second year, on this day back in 2010, a brand new Metroid fan community was born, offering exclusive news and content, building on the existing fan community already established by websites such as Metroid Database, Metroid Headquarters and Metroid Recon as well as others. I feel that Shinesparkers has surpassed expectations and has received a huge amount of support from Metroid fans and the wider Metroid community. Our Harmony of a Hunter project has been received well and our interviews and features have separated us from other similar websites. Our aims for the future continue to be built on, we hope to continue to provide fans with the same high levels of exclusive content and features and hopefully become one of the largest and most popular Metroid fan websites on the internet. We are already brainstorming ideas on how we can make this possible and hope that you will stick around and continue to support us.

I would also like to take a moment to recognise the efforts of our staff. Wavehack is our host and technical support, helping out behind the scenes to make sure things continue to run smoothly and the reason that this website is able to exist. Our staff writer Naner has been hard at work on website updates and articles and has been a big support during times when I (Darren) am not around to do so. I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce our newest staff member Sam, who is our graphic artist. She has been a huge help with our most recent features and will continue to support us by offering her services for the various graphics found around the website. We hope that you will welcome her and support her.

As you can see, Shinesparkers is a team effort, that includes you guys too. We do what we do because we love Metroid, but we are ultimately doing this for you too. Shinesparkers wouldn’t be what it is without our fans, so thank you to each and every one of you. We hope that you will continue to support us into our future.

Review: Max Factory Figma and Scale model

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

We have been hard at work recently putting out some features for you guys. We have just finished putting together reviews for the Varia Suit figma and Zero Suit scale model. We have given our honest opinions on both of these products and hope it will make your decision in buying them easier. Both of these reviews can be found in our articles and features section now, or by clicking the images below.

We would like to thank Good Smile company for providing these figures for us to review for you.

Feature: ChozoBoy’s Ridley CosPIX

Friday, August 24th, 2012

We have been talking with Dan Cattell, also known as ChozoBoy about his latest piece of art taking one of Metroid’s most iconic characters and bringing him into the real world. ChozoBoy with the help of friends designed a life sized Ridley, pixel perfect from Super Metroid. He’s a huge fan of the series and his passion and dedication really show in this project. The feature is now available to read in the Articles and Features section or by clicking the picture above.

Team Ninja wish to work Nintendo again claims Hayashi-san

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Yosuke Hayashi, the head of Team Ninja has told VG247 that the company would like to work with Nintendo again in the future. VG247 approached Hayashi-san in regards to a potential sequel to the controvercial Metroid: Other M title, to which he responded:

“Unfortunately Metroid is kind of out of our league as it’s Nintendo’s game, but we’re still in close touch with co-creator Sakamoto-san, so we want to do something with him moving forward definitely. It really depends on what he wants to do with the game first.”

These comments are nothing new from Hayashi-san, Metroid Headquarters caught up with him at A-kon 2011 where he made a similar statement.

Almost two years on, Metroid: Other M is still a touchy subject for some fans who feel the game didn’t deliver the  experience they were hoping for. What is next for the Metroid series? All we can do is speculate and see what happens.

Source: VG247

Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run Third Preview

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

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Sorry for the lack of updates recently, we’ve been quite hard at work on Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run and we are now very happy to reveal the third preview trailer for the album. This time, the preview has a heavy focus on Metroid Fusion and we hope that you enjoy it!

We can also confirm that Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run will be released this November as a free download. For more information check out the Harmony of a Hunter website and for even more updates and a chance to communicate with other fans and musicians of Harmony of a Hunter, be sure to check out the Facebook page!