November 11th, 2013
NCL, Nintendo’s Japanese division, has announced an album celebrating the 30 years of the Famicom – their first home console in Japan. The album features 25 high-quality 8-bit tracks, each one from a different game. Although we don’t know which song it is, Metroid has a spot on the second CD, which is dedicated to games released for the Famicom Disk System and also features music from The Legend of Zelda and Kid Icarus, amongst others.
The album will be released December 4 and will cost 2,400 yen in Japan – it can be purchased at Amazon. No word has been given regarding a similar tribute for the Nintendo Entertainment System in America or Europe.
November 4th, 2013
With every new month, there comes a new batch of digital rewards for Club Nintendo members. This time around, Nintendo is giving players in North America, amongst others, the classic NES game Metroid. It’s available for the 3DS’s Virtual Console service and costs 150 coins. In case you don’t already have it, this is a good time to get your digital hands on the classic here.
Thanks to Matt Blankenship for the tip.
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.
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
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.
August 22nd, 2013
Via Miiverse, Masahiro Sakurai, director of the Smash Bros. games, showed a screenshot of a new stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – Pyrosphere, from Metroid: Other M.
Samus and Bowser smash it off at the Pyrosphere
Alongside the image, Sakurai posted the following message:
Out of the blue, here’s a new stage–the Pyrosphere from Metroid: Other M! An enemy from Samus’s past may appear at any second…
Say what you will about Other M, but that stage looks glorious.
August 14th, 2013
Recently, GameStop acquired an extra print of Wii game Xenoblade Chronicles, after receiving plenty of requests for the game. It was priced at $90 – according to them, that’s based on the maket value for the game.
They say they’re looking into acquiring more hard-to-find titles for their customers, and Metroid Prime Trilogy was mentioned as a likely candidate. Here’s what GameStop had to say:
GameStop regularly receives feedback from our PowerUp members regarding old titles they would us like to bring back, such as vintage games like Xenoblade Chronicles. We were recently able to source a limited number of copies of this title to carry in our stores and online.
In fact, we have sourced several more vintage titles that we will be hitting stores in the coming months, including Metroid Prime Trilogy.
As always, our pricing for these games is competitive and is based on current market value driven by supply and demand. PowerUp Pro members always receive a 10% discount and earn PUR points on pre-owned purchases.
There have been rumors saying that GameStop is artificially jacking up Xenoblade’s prices by labelling new copies as pre-owned – allowing them to sell it at higher than the official MSRP. If that happens again, Trilogy will not come cheap.
UPDATE: Metroid Prime Trilogy is now in stock – labeled as pre-owned – at GameStop for the steep price of $85.
July 9th, 2013
This week, fellow Metroid fansite Metroid Headquarters will be hosting their annual Metroid marathon, MHQthon 2013. As usual, they will play through all of the Metroid games, this time attempting to do so in an walkthrough manner. During the marathon, they will be raising donations for the Child’s Play charity. Check it out!