Metroid: Zero Mission coming to Wii U Virtual Console

June 11th, 2014

Nintendo’s Japanese website now shows Metroid: Zero Mission amongst the upcoming releases for the Wii U Virtual Console service. The page reveals that the GBA classic will be released on the eShop in Japan on June 29, for 702 yen.

Nintendo has given no word on whether the game will also be released in the west, so stay tuned to Shinesparkers for the latest news on that!

Source: Nintendo

Bayonetta “cosplays” as Samus

June 11th, 2014

Earlier today, Nintendo announced that, along with Platinum Games’ Bayonetta 2, the original Bayonetta will also be released on Wii U as bonus content for the sequel. To spice things up, protagonist Bayonetta will be able to “cosplay” as Nintendo characters, including Princess Peach, Link, and Samus Aran. Bayonetta is seen wearing Samus’ Power Suit, similar to its appearance in Metroid titles such as Metroid: Zero Mission.

Bayonetta cosplays as Samus

Super Metroid as a Club Nintendo reward

May 13th, 2014

North American Club Nintendo announced its new rewards, and now Super Metroid is amongst them. It’ll be available until June 8 for 200 coins on Wii U.

Check out the reward page here.

Zero Suit Samus returns in Super Smash Bros.

April 8th, 2014

Masahiro Sakurai hosted today a Super Smash Bros. Direct, in which he explained the two upcoming titles, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in greater detail. He revealed several returning characters for the series, one of which being Zero Suit Samus, which is our heroine without her emblematic Power Suit.

Zero Suit Samus

This time around, Samus and Zero Suit Samus will be separate characters, no longer switching between one another after the execution of a Final Smash. Furthermore, Zero Suit Samus has been equipped with jet boots, giving her further mobility and stronger kicks.

Sakurai also showed that Dark Samus is going to be an Assist Trophy for the game, joining Mother Brain and Metroid as Metroid-themed assists. Finally, it was shown that Ridley will be an obstacle in the Pyrosphere stage, which is based on Metroid: Other M.

New Metroid game announced for Xbox One

April 1st, 2014

In a press release today, Nintendo announced a partnership with Microsoft, along with several games from Nintendo franchises to be released exclusively for the all-in-one entertainment system, Xbox One. One of these games is Metroid: Federation Trooper, a revolutionary new first-person shooter running on the same engine as the recently released Titanfall and developed by Nintendo’s own Retro Studios. It is planned to be released in 2015.

Metroid: Federation Trooper

Source: Nintendo

GBA VC games on Wii U come with original manual

March 31st, 2014

As previously reported, Gameboy Advance games will be coming to the Wii U Virtual Console this month. One unexpected and welcome addition however, is their original game manuals, viewable on the Wii U Gamepad. We live in an era now where game manuals are a thing of the past, reduced to a single piece of paper, if you’re lucky. It’s good to see that Nintendo at least, still cares about them.

Source: Chris Scullion

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