Good news for Virtual Console fans - Metroid: Zero Mission arrives this week in Europe and Australia on the Wii U's eShop!
Japan has had the game available on their local eShop since June last year, and hopefully North America will follow suit soon. With the GBA titles now covered, we may yet see Metroid: Other M and the Nintendo DS duo Metroid Prime Hunters and Metroid Prime Pinball on the eShop someday - that would make every Metroid game (except Metroid II) playable on the Wii U, not bad!
Did you miss out on the original Wii release of the Metroid Prime Trilogy? In the latest Nintendo Direct, we learn that starting with Super Mario Galaxy 2 - right now! - Nintendo will begin releasing digital versions of Wii games on the Wii U's eShop Virtual Console. Metroid Prime Trilogy will arrive on the service on January 29 in both Europe and North America for €19.99 / £17.99 / $19.99. If you grab a copy within the first week you'll save 50% off that price. Don't miss out on the saving!
While many of you are likely enjoying Samus' escapades in the latest Smash Bros. games (I'm still working through Hyrule Warriors - it's been a busy holiday season!), I'd like to take a moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas! Stay safe, enjoy the festivities and be kind to your loved ones. See you on the other side in 2015!
At last, composer Sam Dillard's album Metroid Cinematica is now available for download! Sam has spent around a year producing this exquisite 16-track album, and if you're a fan of Metroid's music, this is something you don't want to miss out on.
The album draws on familiar themes from the likes of Metroid, Super Metroid and Metroid Prime, but also offers a unique and epic orchestral vibe. The album can be found on Apple iTunes and Google Play, or you can pick it up at Loudr and name your own price starting at $9.99 (hint: it's worth every cent!).
Visit the official website for more info and previews!
If that's not enough to fill your auditory needs, how about another 101 tracks of Nintendo-themed goodness?
We're a bit late in reporting this (sorry Darren!), but from the makers of Harmony of a Hunter comes a new fan-arranged musical compilation called Harmony of Heroes. This one focuses on the Smash Bros. franchise - and by extension - every Nintendo character seen in the series so far!
A large number of musicians involved in the Harmony of a Hunter albums return to present new tracks, and with the huge variety of franchises covered from Mario to Zelda, this is something very special and not to be missed. Visit the Harmony of Heroes website for more information and download links (be warned, it's a huge download!).
Composer and master musician Sam Dillard, whom you might remember as one of the contributors to the Harmony of a Hunter projects (Into the Green World, The Crimson Depths and Beyond the Glass to name but a few), is busy preparing an awesome new treat for fans of Metroid's musical score. Titled Metroid Cinematica, this feature-length soundtrack will offer a rich cinematic score, and is Sam's take on what the soundtrack of a feature-length Metroid movie might sound like.
Simply put, I'm a huge, huge fan of Sam's exquisite efforts in the Harmony of a Hunter soundtracks, so this is going to be an epic treat for all of us. Sam plans to release the soundtrack in October on iTunes, Loudr and other audio platforms, so we don't have long to wait!
Ready for another Metroid gaming marathon? Metroid HQ are currently running their annual (and fourth) gaming marathon over the next week until July 22nd, featuring every game in the Metroid series. They'll be raising money for the Child's Play Charity, who provide gaming consoles and games for sick children in hospitals and therapy centres. This also marks their tenth anniversary on the internet - well done guys! These marathons are always great to watch, so swing by and donate if you can!
Welcome back! I'm happy to finally unveil a massive project I've been working on for the past two years. For a long time I'd been meaning to give the site a fresh new look but just couldn't decide on what direction to take it... Well, after toiling away with a few designs, I finally broke through and settled on what you see before you now.
I've made some changes to the navigational structure of the site, starting with the main menu placed horizontally above the banner. Everything on the site can be reached from up there, and don't worry if the pop-up menus don't work in your browser, as you should instead be taken to a page with the sub-menus there. I've also reworked the following artwork galleries thanks to some hefty artwork donations from NeoGAF:
I have more plans for upgrades and additions to the site, and now that the new layout is done I can finally move forward on them.
We also now have a dedicated section for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (I still can't think up a decent shorthand name for the game, SSB4 maybe?). For now it's home to screenshots, artwork and videos all focussing (naturally) on Samus and Zero Suit Samus. The 3DS release is mere months away now, so the Smash Bros. hype is in full swing.
Enjoy the new look!
We're a bit late to the party with this, but guess what's arrived on the Wii U's Virtual Console?
Nintendo have released Metroid Fusion alongside several other Game Boy Advance titles like Yoshi's Island and Advance Wars for the Virtual Console. This means that the games enjoy all the bells and whistles of the Wii U's VC, including off-TV play on the Gamepad, save states, customizable controls and Miiverse integration. We can also guess that eventually Metroid: Zero Mission will join the library (plus Metroid Prime Hunters and Pinball, thanks to a recent announcement from Nintendo of their intent to have Nintendo DS games join the VC). Good times!
Samus is also shaping up nicely in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS. A recent Nintendo Direct has unveiled Zero Suit Samus, now playable as a separate character to regular armoured-Samus:
Metroid-themed inclusions in the games are plentiful, with a stage modeled after the Geothermal Power Plant from Metroid: Other M, an appearance by Ridley in said stage and assist trophies in the forms of a Metroid, Mother Brain and Dark Samus. The Nintendo 3DS version of the game is said to be released mid-2014, while the Wii U version arrives at the end of the year. Visit the official SSB website for more info!
On this day in the early nineties, in what seems like a life-time ago on March 19, 1994, Super Metroid arrived on the Super Famicom in Japan! This ingenious, fun and and incredibly atmospheric game left an indelible mark on the world of video games and not only paved the way for the future of the Metroid series, but inspired countless others too. It even led to the term "Metroidvania" - games that would take inspiration from Metroid and Castlevania in their style and pacing.
To help celebrate the occasion, a number of fans have produced exciting tributes. Drop by the Metroid Database for a week-long series of features celebrating the game, including artwork, never-before-seen promo material and more! The team from Shinesparkers have also produced a pair of features, one of which is featured in the UK's Official Nintendo Magazine website.
Reinhold Hoffmann from Game-Art-HQ also writes in to let us know that their art community has produced a stunning tribute of exquisite fan art featuring bosses and locations from the game. These pieces are a fantastic testament to how this 20-year old game has captured the imagination and is still relevant to this very day.
If you've somehow managed to avoid playing the game in some form over the past two decades, don't forget that it's waiting for you in the halls of the Virtual Console on Wii and Wii U.
Happy Birthday Samus!
In a somewhat random update, I've reconstructed our offering of the Super Metroid soundtrack to bring it closer to what it actually sounds like in the original Super Nintendo. After learning that I'd encoded the tracks in 44100Hz instead of the Super Nintendo's native 32000Hz output, I couldn't resist going back to redo the lot. While the lower frequency makes it sound slightly more muffled than before, it now sounds much, much closer to the original soundtrack you'd hear while playing Super Metroid on the SNES or the Virtual Console.
I'd also like to take this moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a fantastic new year! I have some new things planned for the site in 2014, so be sure to drop by again for a surprise or two.