Metroid Fusion headed to Wii U Virtual Console

March 26th, 2014

In a press release, Nintendo announced today that Metroid Fusion, along with several other Game Boy Advance titles, will be released on the Wii U Virtual Console platform during April. Metroid Fusion will be released for $7.99 in North America and £6.29 in the United Kingdom on April 3, along with Advance Wars and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

Metroid Fusion Wii U

Sources: Nintendo of America and Nintendo UK.

Update: Nintendo confirmed that the same three GBA games will be released in Australia for AU$9.10 on April 4.

Castlevania producer interested in working on Metroid

March 22nd, 2014

Koji Igarashi, who was a producer for the Castlevania series and assistant director of Symphony of the Night, the first game in the series to draw gameplay inspiration from Metroid, left Konami this month. In an interview with IGN at the Game Developers Conference, Igarashi stated that he would be interested in working on a Metroid game, if Nintendo allowed it.

“Whether it’s possible or not comes down to the [intellectual property] holder, which in this case would be Nintendo, and whether they want to work with me. But, if they did want to work with me, I would love the chance of doing that.”

Source: IGN

Super Metroid 20th Anniversary features

March 19th, 2014

Today is Super Metroid‘s 20th anniversary! To celebrate, I, Renan “Naner”Greca, have written a feature telling a little bit of my story with the game and explaining what it means to me. Please, check it out here!

Super Metroid 20th Anniversary

Additionally, Shinesparkers webmaster Darren Kerwin wrote a piece about the game for the Official Nintendo Magazine, which can be checked out here!

Retro Studios working on new game

March 1st, 2014

Retro Studios is Nintendo’s western first-party team responsible for the Metroid Prime trilogy and the two latest Donkey Kong Country games. In an interview with GameSpot, Retro CEO Michael Kelbaugh has confirmed that the studio has already started work on a new game, since they finished work on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. He didn’t give any more details, but said that the team enjoyed working on Metroid, Donkey Kong and Mario Kart, and that they would be happy to go back to any of those series.

A few months ago, Shigeru Miyamoto said that if a new Metroid game were to be made, Retro would be a high-priority studio to develop it.

Source: GameSpot

Nintendo shutting down DS and Wii online servers

February 28th, 2014

In a press release, Nintendo announced that in May 2014, it will shut down Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection for the Nintendo DS and Wii platforms. This means that online play will no longer be possible in those systems, affecting games such as Metroid Prime Hunters, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the Mario Kart and Pokémon series.

The Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop will remain active, so purchases of WiiWare and Virtual Console titles will still be possible.

Source: Nintendo

Metroid Fusion coming to Wii U Virtual Console

February 14th, 2014

In today’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced that Game Boy Advance Virtual Console will be launched on Wii U in April, initially with games like Metroid FusionMario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 and more. No pricing was announced, however.

Besides that, Nintendo also announced NES Remix 2, another collection of challenges based on classic NES games, this time including ones from Metroid.

Finally, our heroine Samus makes a fun cameo in the announcement video for Little Mac in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.

You can check out the complete Direct here.

Zero Suit Samus figma incoming

February 9th, 2014

If you’re a savvy Nintendo fan, you know that for the past few years, various action figures based on Nintendo characters have been showing up. Some already released ones include Samus (which our pal Darren reviewed here), Link and Pit from Max Factory’s figma line and Mewtwo from D-arts. Confirmed for release later this year are a Lucina figma, Luigi Nendoroid, and Lucario and Mario from Figuarts. And now the latest additions to the plastic Smash Bros. family have been announced: Link is getting a Nendoroid for his Wind Waker look, and Cordelia (from Fire Emblem Awakening), Link (from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds) and Zero Suit Samus (from Metroid: Other M) will become figmas. These things usually take a while to make, however, so don’t expect them before 2015.

New Figmas

I personally have the first four figures mentioned, and have to say that they’re all very high-quality figures, worthy of anyone’s shelf.

Thanks to VGMStudios and Metroid Database for the tip.

Mother Brain is an Assist Trophy in Smash Bros.

February 7th, 2014

Game director for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Masahiro Sakurai posted on Miiverse a screenshot featuring Mother Brain as an Assist Trophy.

Mother Brain as an Assist Trophy

Mother Brain will attack players with Rinkas and her Laser Brain attack.

Classic FM Hall of Fame 2014

January 8th, 2014

Voting for Classic FM’s Hall of Fame 2014 has opened!

ClassicFM, an independent national radio station in the United Kingdom, is compiling a list of music for their hall of fame. Three hundred pieces of classical music will be entered, as voted by the general public. Since 2012, we have campaigned to get a Metroid piece featured in this top 300 list, which has featured music from Jeremy Soule’s Skyrim and Grant Kirkhope’s Viva Piñata. We feel that this year, we have a much better chance of achieving this goal due to the growth of our amazing community.

There are already two Metroid themes available in the database, “Super Metroid Theme” and “Metroid Prime” both by Kenji Yamamoto, so we have decided to support both of these themes. To ensure we are giving Metroid the best possible chance, we are requesting that “Super Metroid Theme” be the first vote, to ensure it gets the maximum place. Considering that Super Metroid celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year, it seems fitting to give this particular piece some attention.

To vote, please follow these instructions carefully:

1. Go to

2. Follow the instructions under “To cast your vote” section and type “Metroid” into the search bar

3. Two entries should appear below the search bar. Click “Super Metroid Theme” followed by “Metroid Prime

4. Once you have clicked each, they should appear as your first and second choice. You will need to enter a third song in order to submit your vote, we would like to suggest “Donkey Kong 64″ by Grant Kirkhope.

5. Double check to ensure that you have entered your votes correctly, and click “Submit your vote”

6. You will be promoted to add your name, e-mail address and telephone number. Once you have entered the details and confirmed you have read the terms and conditions, you can submit your vote.

We are competing with some of the most famous composers and pieces of music of all time, so to get a Metroid theme anywhere in this top 300 list is going to be a huge achievement. We urge you to spread the word by linking people back to this post so we can help Metroid enter this notable list. Voting closer at 23:59 GMT on 28th February 2014, with the big reveal taking place on ClassicFM on the Easter weekend, so we don’t have long to make this happen!

Check out the #Metroid chat group!

December 18th, 2013

In an effort to unify the Metroid community, Shinesparkers has joined forces with the Metroid Database and Metroid Headquarters to create #Metroid – an IRC chat room for all Metroid fans. To access, just click here and then click in “Proceed”. Both Darren and Renan will be active members there, so come by and chat with us!