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!

Reggie teases fans with Samus pin

December 8th, 2013

Today, during Spike TV’s VGX, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime showed up to present a new character for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. When questioned about the pin on his suit, Reggie showed to the camera a pin of 8-bit Samus. The host Geoff Keighley then asked whether Reggie had an announcement for the Metroid series, for which the executive simply replied “I would love to see another Metroid game”.

And the number of teases towards a new Metroid game grows…

Sam Dillard’s new project – Eternity Rising

November 27th, 2013

Harmony of a Hunter’s Sam Dillard has pitched a new original album idea on Kickstarter. The album is Eternity Rising, A Science Fiction Score & Animation which Sam hopes to put together with the support of his fans. Sam is an invaluable asset to Harmony of a Hunter and our upcoming album Harmony of Heroes, and we know there’s a lot of supporters of him here too! Sam has also offered some very awesome things to tempt you to donate..

By donating $40 you can even get yourself an early copy of Sam’s upcoming Legend of Zelda track from Harmony of Heroes. (Limited to 100)

By donating $200 Sam Dillard will compose a piece of music for YOU! (Limited to 20)

We really hope that you will support Sam and help a very talented musician reach his goal. For more information, click the link below!

Unreleased tracks from Harmony of a Hunter

November 18th, 2013

Yesterday was the first anniversary of Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, Shinesparkers’ second Metroid album. In celebration, we have released two previously unreleased tracks that didn’t make the final cut: “Raging Titans” and “vs Emperor Ing”. Check them out at our Soundcloud page!

Nintendo Famicom Music

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.

Nintendo Famicom Music album art

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.

Metroid (NES) as a Club Nintendo reward

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.

Metroid as a Club Nintendo reward

Thanks to Matt Blankenship for the tip.

Chip Tanaka releases remix dedicated to Yamauchi

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

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