Satoru Iwata, 1959-2015

Monday, 13 July 2015 at 03:33 GMT

Deeply sad news has broken at Nintendo of Japan. Nintendo's CEO and president, Satoru Iwata, has passed away from a bile duct growth this past weekend.

Starting as a software developer at HAL Laboratory in the 1980s, Mr. Iwata assisted in the development of the early Nintendo game Balloon Fight, and in the following years EarthBound and the Kirby series. Eventually moving to the executive side of the business, Mr. Iwata succeeded the previous Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi in 2002. Since then he oversaw a massive swathe of Nintendo's history (including a major part of the Metroid saga), from the GameCube console right up to the current Wii U.

Thank you, Mr. Iwata, for your life's work. Thank you for watching over Nintendo as president these past thirteen years, and may you rest in peace. My sincerest condolences and prayers go out to his family and friends, and all those affected by this terrible loss.

Satoru Iwata

"Video games are meant to be just one thing: fun, fun for everyone."

New Metroid game announced at E3 2015

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 at 21:25 GMT

E3 has come and gone for the year, and this time we have an interesting (if unexpected) surprise from Nintendo...

Metroid Prime: Federation Force is an upcoming first-person 4-player co-op game developed by Next Level Games and set for release on the Nintendo 3DS in 2016. I think most Metroid fans didn't seen this spin-off coming, and it's already stirred up some controversy online. Instead of focusing on Samus' bounty hunting exploits, the game gives up to four players control of a squad of Galactic Federation troopers as they team up and tackle co-operative-based missions. The story will centre on the ongoing conflict between the Federation and Space Pirates. The game is also bundled with a handy competitive multiplayer mode in Metroid Prime: Blast Ball.

As for the future of the main series, Eurogamer learns from Metroid Prime producer Kensuke Tanabe that we may not see one until Nintendo's next home console (currently known as NX). On the bright side, the Eurogamer interview also solves a mystery from the epilogue from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (spoilers!).

Metroid Prime: Federation Force might not be Metroid Prime 4, but I think Nintendo might be on to a fun formula regardless. Personally I've always enjoyed co-operative games, so having a co-op experience in the Metroid universe sounds very promising. Check out some great footage below from Nintendo Treehouse Live at E3 to see the game in action.

Metroid: Zero Mission arrives this week on Wii U

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 at 19:42 GMT

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!

Original Wii Metroid Prime Trilogy coming to Wii U

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 21:12 GMT

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!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 at 10:21 GMT

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!

Metroid Cinematica and Harmony of Heroes - released!

Thursday, 30 October 2014 at 20:37 GMT

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!).

Metroid Cinematica

Friday, 12 September 2014 at 09:01 GMT

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!

Want a hint of what to expect? Sam has created a great teaser website for the album and given a special preview track to the folks at Nintendo Life. Can't wait for this one!

MHQthon 2014

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 at 23:35 GMT

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!

Metroid Recon Version 4

Monday, 5 May 2014 at 09:35 GMT

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!

Fusions and Zero Suits

Wednesday, 9 April 2014 at 21:46 GMT

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:

Zero Suit 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!