Archive for September, 2012

Preview: Metroid Blast

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Over the past couple of days we have been gathering all the information that we can on Nintendo Land’s Metroid Blast. We have put together a preview featuring everything we know and shall continue to update it with information as we get it. You can find the preview in our Articles and Features section, or by clicking the link above.

Nintendo Wii U priced and dated!

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Conferences across Japan, North America and Europe have announced launch details and pricing for the upcoming Wii U console. Nintendo also announced that Nintendo Land will be bundled with premium versions of the Wii U in North America and Europe! Japan will have no bundles.

North America: 18th November – $299 basic, $349 premium

Europe: 30th November – Price TBA
(Retailers currently offering roughly £210 for basic, £250 for premium)

Japan: 8th December – Basic 26,250 Yen, Premium 31,500 Yen

Metroid Blast from Nintendo Land was also shown, and further details about the game were explained. It was revealed that the game would have multiple missions such as “Fight in the Air” and “Free Battle

This update will change as more information becomes available. Stay tuned to Shinesparkers…

No plans for GBA VC games claims Nintendo

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Earlier this week we updated on GBA Virtual Console games heading to the eShop in Australia. We went to Nintendo Australia’s PR team for comment and this is what they had to say:

“Nintendo Australia would like to confirm the recent update to the website highlighting Game Boy Advance titles are available on Nintendo eShop was posted in error. Nintendo Australia can confirm there are no current plans for Game Boy Advance games to be released on Virtual Console for Nintendo 3DS. We would also like to confirm Dr. Mario is available as a Game Boy title on Virtual Console via Nintendo eShop. We would like to apologise for any confusion this has caused.”

This news may come as a disappointment for fans who were looking forward to potentially downloading Metroid Fusion or Zero Mission from the eShop.

Wii U’s definitive press conference

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Nintendo has announced several media events for tomorrow, September 13th. Nintendo of America will be holding a press conference in New York at 10 AM EST, while Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of Japan will be hosting Nintendo Directs at 3 PM BST and 4 PM JST, respectively. It’s expected that each branch of Nintendo will announce release dates and prices for the Wii U console for their respective regions, as well as launch line-ups. The American event however, extends for six hours and may contain additional information on games and even new announcements, though nothing is certain.

Click the links above to head to the pages where each event will be streamed, or stay tuned to Shinesparkers for the key Wii U announcements, including information on Nintendo Land’s Metroid Blast attraction.

Gameboy Advance titles heading to eShop?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Nintendo of Australia have updated their eShop page with a section for Gameboy Advance games. Could this be an indication that Nintendo will be making Gameboy Advance games public for 3DS owners? Back in December last year, 3DS owners who purchased the system prior to a large price drop by Nintendo ‘Ambassadors’ were treated to ten NES titles and ten GBA titles for free, one of which was Metroid Fusion. While some NES titles have seen the light of day on the eShop since, Gameboy Advance games  have not. Could this mean that 3DS owners will finally have an opportunity to download Metroid Fusion? Perhaps Metroid: Zero Mission?

Currently, Dr. Mario is the only title to be added to the section with a price tag of $4.50AU, which currently converts to $4.72 USD, £2.93 GBP and €3.66 EUR. Stay tuned to Shinesparkers for any official confirmation by Nintendo.


Article: Other M: Two Years Later

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Back in January, we posted our first opinion piece on a concept for Metroid: Wii U in an attempt to offer some additional content to the website. Recently, Metroid: Other M celebrated its 2nd anniversary, and staff member Naner has aired some of his thoughts and opinions on the game. Be sure to give it a read in the Articles/Features section or click the image above!

Nintendo Land’s Metroid Blast

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Back in June, Nintendo announced Nintendo Land, a compilation of mini games based upon Nintendo franchises. It has now been revealed that Metroid’s mini game will be Metroid Blast, which looks like a polished version of the Battle Mii demo which was shown at E3 2011. Screenshots and information of Nintendo Land’s newly revealed minigame emerged online from the October edition of Game Informer.

Metroid Blast

The minigame puts the player controlling Samus’ gunship on the Wii U’s GamePad against up to four players controlling Miis wearing Power Suits with Wii Remotes. The four players can either play in a free-for-all or in a two-against-two team match. The minigame will feature various different maps to play on and music from the Metroid series. A single-player version of the game has also been confirmed; not much information was revealed, but it’ll put the player against hordes of enemies. Metroid Blast requires the Nunchuk and Wii MotionPlus accessories.

Nintendo Land is expected to be released later this year alongside Nintendo’s new console, Wii U.

Source: GameInformer

Super Metroid to feature on The Greatest Video Game Music 2

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Back in November last year, X5 Music Group released an album called The Greatest Video Game Music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It covered twenty one of the most memorable and well loved pieces of video game music. This year, they plan to release a follow up album which will include a special arrangement of Super Metroid. The piece is called Super Metroid: A Symphonic Poem and features several themes from the game. Shinesparkers were treated to an early preview of the arrangement and we are highly impressed by what we have heard and believe that Metroid fans will be too. The album is expected to release on 6th November and will also include arrangements from Sonic the Hedgehog, Castlevania and The Legend of Zelda.

Stay tuned to Shinesparkers for all the latest news and updates on The Greatest Video Game Music 2!