Archive for September, 2013

Chip Tanaka releases remix dedicated to Yamauchi

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Hirokazu “Chip” Tanaka, composer of the original soundtracks for Metroid, Kid Icarus, Tetris, and other video games, released a remix based on Metroid’s credits theme in honor of Nintendo’s recently deceased Hiroshi Yamauchi. The track can be listened to on Soundcloud. He also released another track, based on Koji Kondo’s theme for Super Mario Bros., which can be listened to here.

Miyamoto says Retro could develop more Metroid games

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Legendary video games developer, Shigeru Miyamoto, said in an interview to Official Nintendo Magazine that Retro Studios is still high on the list of developers that could create a future installment in the Metroid series. He said that, although Retro is currently working on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, he believes that the Austin-based studio is now ready to take on multiple projects at a time, and that it would have high priority if Nintendo decides to create another Metroid game.

“I definitely think it’s a franchise that we value and we certainly want to see what we can do with it in the future. And, obviously, Retro is a very high priority in terms of the potential team that would be considered for working on a Metroid game.”

Source: Official Nintendo Magazine UK

Hiroshi Yamauchi passes at 85

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Nintendo’s former president, Hiroshi Yamauchi, passed away today at 85 years old.

Yamauchi-san ran the company for 50 years and was the one who turned it into the giant it is today. If it weren’t for his intuition in identifying the brilliance of workers like Gumpei Yokoi and Shigeru Miyamoto, series like Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda and Metroid would never have existed, and if it wasn’t for his work the console industry as we know today would not have existed.

This was a man who defined an industry and one that shall always be remembered.

Thank you, Hiroshi.