Archive for May, 2013

Some Numbers About Super Metroid on Virtual Console

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Super Metroid has been available through Wii’s Virtual Console service for nearly six years now. Released on August 20, 2007, Super Metroid has made its way into at least 125,793 Wiis in America, according to numbers available through the Nintendo Channel. It has been played for a total of 1,329,906 hours, meaning an average of over 10 hours per player. And, following the game’s $8 price, it has made Nintendo over a million dollars.

These numbers show that Super Metroid was still a very profitable game for Nintendo even over a decade after its release. It makes sense – the game is widely accepted as a masterpiece and one of the best and most influential of all time. If you can look over its little quirks (like the control scheme I’m not fond of to this day), you’ll be impressed by how well its design, gameplay and presentation hold up to this day – and the average playing time shows that you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.

Super Metroid is currently available for the amazingly low price of 30 cents (or pence, or yen) on the Wii U eShop and will remain so until June 11. If you own a Wii U, do not miss the chance to pick up this incredible piece of gaming history, whether it’s your first time or you’re already a Metroid veteran. And don’t forget to participate in our Miiverse campaign at the Super Metroid Miiverse community!

Source: Coffee With Games

— Naner.

Super Metroid on Wii U Virtual Console

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Starting tomorrow, May 15, Metroid fans in America will be able to download Super Metroid on the Wii U Virtual Console, thanks to the Famicom 30th Anniversary campaign, releasing in Europe a day later, on May 16. It will be available until June 12 for the low price of 0.30 (of whatever currency you shop in) and will then remain on sale for the standard price of SNES games through the service.

Us at Shinesparkers are promoting a campaign to go along with the game’s Virtual Console release. Our goal is to ask Nintendo for a new Metroid game on Miiverse, following these steps:

1. Load up Miiverse, navigate to COMMUNITIES on the left hand side and select “AMERICAS” from the drop down menu.

2. Navigate to the Super Metroid Miiverse community on Wii U

3. Create a new comment and type the following message:

“Dear Nintendo, I am a Metroid fan and I would love a brand new Metroid title for Wii U and 3DS!”

4. Check that your comment fits within the 100 character limit and then submit your post to Miiverse. While we ask that you don’t spam Miiverse and risk yourself getting banned, continued support throughout the campaign would be greatly appreciated.

Please check out the Facebook event with all the details!

UPDATE: Super Metroid is now available in the Japanese and North American eShops. The Miiverse community should be up soon, so prepare your posting cannons!

Nintendo Refunding Club Nintendo Coins Spent on Super Metroid

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Last month, Nintendo offered Super Metroid as a Club Nintendo reward in North America. However, the same game will be offered for $0.30 as part as the Famicom 30th Anniversary celebration to Wii U owners. So, to compensate for the confusion, Nintendo is returning the 150 coins to Wii U owners spent on Super Metroid as a reward. The codes will remain valid, so users will get to keep the game even if they don’t re-buy it on Wii U.

Don’t forget to pick up Super Metroid on the Wii U eShop starting May 15 for just 30 cents, pence or yen!

Nintendo Producer Teases Announcement of Retro’s Game

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

In an interview to The Official Nintendo Magazine UK, Hiro Yamada, Nintendo producer currently supervising Monster Games’ development of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, teased that Retro Studios’ next game might be revealed soon:

If Retro aren’t making Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, what are they making? Does it involve a certain bounty hunter?

HY: I wonder what kind of game it is? I hope to introduce it to you in the not so distant future.

Although Nintendo announced that they would not be hosting a press conference at E3, they’ll still be a major player at the event which is little more than a month away. With luck, this means we’ll know about said game by then.

Source: The Official Nintendo Magazine