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!
July 7th, 2013
According to Nintendo of America’s official website, the NES classic Metroid is coming out on Wii U Virtual Console July 11.
Like most NES games, it’ll cost $4.99 and if you already own it in your Wii U’s Wii Mode, you’ll be able to upgrade for just $1. No word has been given regarding the game’s release in Europe or Japan, but Shinesparkers will have you covered as soon as there is any info.
UPDATE: Metroid is now also on Nintendo UK’s website, confirming an European release on the same day. A press release from Nintendo of Europe indicates that Gumpei Yokoi’s other NES game, Kid Icarus, will also release this week and players who buy both games will receive a 50% discount on the second one until July 27.
June 19th, 2013
In an interview with Retro president Michael Kelbaugh, Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe and Nintendo project leader Risa Tabata, VentureBeat got a peek at Tanabe’s vision for a Wii U Metroid game. Here’s what they said:
Kelbaugh and Tabata immediately thought of ways of using the GamePad to display information to the player – like incorporating the suit’s HUD elements on the controller’s touchscreen — and for minigames, such as turning Samus’s ball-morphing ability into a pinball-like game.
“Samus obviously has a lot of features [in her space suit],” said Tabata. “There’s a lot you can do with that thing — once she pulls her arm up and pulls out that [metal flap] and does some of this stuff [Tabata pretends to punch buttons on her forearm]. I can see mapping some of that to the GamePad. I think that would be really cool.”
Tanabe, meanwhile, focused on what the shooting gameplay might feel like. At first, the translator had trouble figuring out what Tanabe meant, going back and forth to confirm what he heard. Here’s what he had to say.
“I [told Tanabe], ‘What, you want to hook a GamePad on a Zapper [gun peripheral]?’” recounted the translator. “He said: ‘No, that’d be too heavy. Maybe something more streamlined. But like a Zapper-style thing with a GamePad feature on it or some device like that. I’d love to do some shooting stuff with something like that! Maybe some day.’”
While there’s no announced plans of a Metroid game coming to Wii U, this is not the first time Nintendo representatives share similar visions of how a game in the series would work on the system. Being a game involving shooting, visors used for exploration and lots of map-browsing, the potential GamePad uses are certainly there.
Tanabe also mentioned that he would like to work with Retro Studios to make a solo adventure of The Legend of Zelda’s most hated side-character, Tingle – but that possibility is nothing more than his imagination.
June 12th, 2013
Gamers around the world are tuning in to all the news coming from E3 this week. From the Nintendo side, two games are of interest for Metroid fans: Super Smash Bros. and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
The first one is the latest entry of Nintendo’s all-star brawler series, coming out in 2014 for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. It’ll once again feature our favorite bounty hunter, with a brand-new look based on the controversial Metroid: Other M. Check out the game’s official website and Samus’ character page.
Samus in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Samus in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
The second one is Retro Studio’s new effort on Wii U. The new 2D sidescroller is a sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns that came out on Wii in 2010 and will release this November. Grab more images and information at its E3 page.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Stay tuned to Shinesparkers and Nintendo’s E3 website for all the latest news on those games.
June 4th, 2013
North American Club Nintendo is once again offering a Metroid game as a reward. This time around, you can grab Metroid II: Return of Samus on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console for 150 coins. The classic Game Boy game will only be available until the end of June, so be sure to pick it up if you don’t yet have it. Other rewards this month include Super Mario Bros. 3 and F-Zero X, both on Wii Virtual Console, which are also great games.
In the meantime, don’t forget to get Super Metroid on the Wii U Virtual Console for just 30 cents until next week and participate in our Miiverse Campaign!
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
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!
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!
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