August 2007 news

Metroid reviews and the final retrospective

Tuesday, 28 August 2007 at 02:24 GMT

Plenty of reviews have started popping up across the web, and the general consensus is looking mighty positive. Check out a selection of reviews below, just be warned that some may contain spoilers:

GameTrailers are also taking a piece of the action, be sure to check out their video review.

Before I close out with the final retrospective video, it turns out an interesting piece on info lies hidden within Metroid Prime 3 which potentially alludes to the long rumoured next chapter in the 2D series you may have heard of in the form of Metroid Dread. Is Retro just teasing us? Or is this Nintendo's way of sneaking in the game's first official acknowledgment? Either way it would certainly be a treat if true.

Now for Part 5 of GameTrailer's Metroid Retrospective. They've done a stellar job in piecing these shorts together, so enjoy the finale:

Metroid Prime 3 launches in North America

Monday, 27 August 2007 at 08:42 GMT

Metroid Prime 3

It's out - go get it! According to Nintendo.ca, Canada should score it in two days on the 29th. As for Europeans and the rest of us..... well..... let's just say if you've never played Metroid Prime 1 and 2 before, now is the perfect time to catch up.

Metroid Commercial and MP3 at PAX 07

Sunday, 26 August 2007 at 00:41 GMT

Check out this whacky Metroid Prime 3 TV commercial below courtesy of GameTrailers. Maybe Nintendo should seriously consider setting up Wii kiosks in airports - then people might even want their flights delayed (at least the people in the ad would probably agree).

Joystiq have also been enjoying some hands-on time with Corruption at this year's PAX event and have only good things to say about the game's control system. And check out this unusual sighting of a Metroid in the wild... I didn't realise Metroids could be de-beaked and kept as pets these days, maybe it's like that harmless headcrab in Half-Life 2...

The History of Metroid, IGN style

Saturday, 25 August 2007 at 10:17 GMT

With interest in Metroid at boiling point with only the weekend standing between the US and Metroid Prime 3, IGN have added another piece to tide fans over. Their History of Metroid editorial takes a detailed look at the series' history (it perfectly complements GameTrailers' Metroid retrospective). Go read!

Wrapping up the week

Friday, 24 August 2007 at 08:28 GMT

Closing out the week we have two new trailers landing on the Wii's Metroid Channel. Watch both below if you can't see them on your Wii, and be sure to check out a recent preview from GameSpot for more details to get you hyped for Monday. It's mostly what we've heard before, but still offers a good summary of what's known so far of the early segments of the game and another run-down of the controls. Almost there!

New screenshots at IGN and revamped official Metroid Prime 3 website

Wednesday, 22 August 2007 at 09:52 GMT

Plenty of new screenshots have surfaced at IGN, be sure to check them out for more glimpses at the tip of the iceberg. Also swing by the official Metroid Prime 3 website, the site has now properly launched with plenty of info about Samus' fellow bounty hunters and more details on the control scheme.

Classic Metroid soundtrack

Wednesday, 22 August 2007 at 01:58 GMT

Among the craziness of Metroid Prime 3 media we've been treated to I've complied our latest soundtrack offering, this time with the 12-track soundtrack from the original Metroid. Enjoy!

Latest Metroid Channel videos

Tuesday, 21 August 2007 at 07:22 GMT

Two more videos have just landed on the Wii's Metroid Channel - go get em! If you can't, catch them below courtesy of GameTrailers (watch the Valhalla one closely, now that we know what Mother Brain is, I think we now know where the one in Super Metroid comes from).

If those two videos aren't enough for you, check out the media blitz GameTrailers have just unleashed. Catch a great preview for the game below, and check out these links for the rest (there's far too many to embed here!). I tell ya, after watching these it really shows Retro have outdone themselves on this one... now we know why the Wii exists.

Super Metroid now available for North America's Virtual Console

Tuesday, 21 August 2007 at 01:29 GMT

Metroid fans rejoice! Whether you've never played the original Super Metroid before (surely everyone has by now?) or have been hanging out for Nintendo to finally pull their socks up and re-release the game - wait no more. This morning the North American Virtual Console channel has finally welcomed Super Metroid to its growing library.

Super Metroid

800 Wii points is all you'll need to relive this stellar classic, so don't miss out on the chance to enjoy the atmosphere and platforming goodness on planet Zebes once again. It remains to be seen if Nintendo do the right thing and release the game to Europeans and other PALians this Friday, but at least it's finally arrived for one part of the world.

With the VC release of Super Metroid I thought now would be great time to start producing reviews for the series, so be sure to check out our new Super Metroid review.

Metroid Retrospective Part 4

Saturday, 18 August 2007 at 08:27 GMT

Part 4 of GameTrailer's Metroid Retrospective just went live, in this one they cover the DS Metroid outings with Hunters and Pinball (I should've probably mentioned this for the earlier episodes, but watch out for spoilers briefly revealing the ending sequences of the games). They also touch on Metroid Prime 3's life so far, a great way to see how the title's come along since E3 2005. Catch the video below - and also swing by the Fan art gallery for two new pieces courtesy of Chris Jones.

Next batch of Metroid Channel videos

Friday, 17 August 2007 at 01:42 GMT

Now serving on the Wii's Metroid Channel - the Phazon Enhancement Device (PED) trailer and Air Assault gameplay clip. I don't know about you guys, but that PED trailer gives me the creeps - we all know what happened when the Pirates tried to use Phazon for their own gain and how that turned out, is the Federation setting themselves up for disaster in trying to utilise the deadly substance?

The second clip presents another Space Pirate assault, this time launched from a gigantic cruiser literally filling the sky - really pretty stuff. As before, if you can't catch them on your Wii see both clips below courtesy of GameTrailers.

Metroid Fusion artwork

Wednesday, 15 August 2007 at 11:28 GMT

While we wait for the next batch of juicy videos on the Wii's Metroid Channel, enjoy a selection of art from our new artwork gallery for Metroid Fusion.

Two new videos for the Metroid Channel

Tuesday, 14 August 2007 at 02:18 GMT

Boy, when Nintendo called August "Metroid Month" they really weren't kidding. Two new videos can now be found on the North American Wii MP3 preview channel, with promise of yet another two lined up for Thursday. If you can't view them on your Wii, catch both of today's two videos below - the Aurora Unit trailer and Spider Ball gameplay - thanks to GameTrailers. Be wary of the Aurora trailer, as I think after viewing this one it'll be hard not to agree that we may now know where Mother Brain's origins lie and what exactly the leader of the Space Pirates is. Take note of the last sequence showing the "proposed Aurora complex structure".... look familiar??? Other things to take note of in the second trailer: real-time weather effects (lightning in the distance), superb looking Morph Ball puzzles, an extension of the Screw Attack's range, and the sheer beauty of the surrounding environment (which is much larger than anything seen around the Sanctuary Fortress in Echoes).

Classic Metroid springs to North American Virtual Console

Monday, 13 August 2007 at 23:15 GMT

Already released to PAL regions a few weeks back, today North American gamers can rediscover the origins of the series as Metroid becomes available on the Wii's Virtual Console for 500 points.

Metroid

Seeing as the classic game can be played through either Metroid Prime, Zero Mission or the Game Boy Advance re-release, this should really only appeal to people who somehow missed all these other outings. But to be honest, next week's the big one, with the first re-release of Super Metroid coming since the original SNES debuted all those years ago.

On another note, I've added an Artwork and Renders gallery for Metroid Prime. Enjoy!

Metroid Prime 3 video recap

Sunday, 12 August 2007 at 07:30 GMT

Just in case you somehow missed the video blitz available to North American Wii owners, catch direct-feed footage of both trailers below thanks to GameTrailers. Don't forget, the classic Metroid debuts on North America's Virtual Console tomorrow, August 13, and the holy grail itself, Super Metroid, lands on August 20. Make sure you've got 1300 points ready to roll, it'll be the best batch of Nintendo's virtual currency you'll spend!

Metroid Prime 3 Wii Preview

Friday, 10 August 2007 at 13:21 GMT

What's this? With a flash the official Metroid website has finally jumped to the present and acknowledged MP3's existence. But it doesn't end there... as US Wii owners will find a very special surprise on the Wii Shop Channel. Hop online and you'll be greeted by a new MP3 preview downloadable from the WiiWare Channel for a measly 0 points. In it you'll find a pair of lengthy new videos, the first an extended trailer, the second a gameplay segment from a familiar scene.

If the extended trailer doesn't get you hyped up enough for the release in a little over two weeks, GoNintendo's reporting that the VC channel will be graced by the classic Metroid and Super Metroid very soon; the former next Monday and the latter one week after.

Seeing as the game's received an ugly delay for PAL regions the preview only appears to be available in the US, so if you can't pick them up on your Wii swing by YouTube for a peek at the videos thanks to NintendoGal (and don't forget to check out GameTrailer's Metroid Retrospective Part 3 below). Almost there!

Artwork galleries and Retrospective Part 3

Friday, 10 August 2007 at 08:58 GMT

Quick site update this week, I've added two new artwork and renders galleries: one for Metroid Prime 2 and another for Hunters.

Enjoy the latest of GameTrailer's Metroid retrospective series below with this week's highlight the beginning and midpoint of the Prime series (remember fellow PALians, cherish these two titles as we wait for October).

OFLC rates Metroid Prime 3

Monday, 6 August 2007 at 10:51 GMT

Back on the 2nd the OFLC (Australian Classification Board) rated Metroid Prime 3, giving it a clear M (the first two in the series received the same). Hopefully this means we'll have a solid release date for the region soon, which will most likely coincide with the European release on October 26th. Release dates across regions have never been Nintendo's strong point, even though surprisingly they succeeded where others failed by releasing the current generation of hardware across the world at once.

I can't see sales not taking a beating from this either, especially with a number of other anticipated titles on other consoles releasing well before MP3 hits the PAL regions. Ah well, at least it's not 5 months this time - and Super Metroid for the VC would surely ease the pain...

Classic Metroid update and The Subspace Emissary

Saturday, 4 August 2007 at 01:50 GMT

Finishing off our screenshots run nicely comes a gallery for the classic Metroid along with updated images for its guides. With all the galleries complete I'll look into adding artwork and render pieces for each title in handy galleries of their own.

Samus in Super Smash Bros Brawl

What's a Subspace Emissary you ask? Friday's web update for Smash Bros Brawl reveals the new game's version of Adventure Mode. This was a great addition in Melee, branching out the single-player side of things beyond the versus matches. Promising character-developed scenarios for each combatant, it'll be very interesting to see what they cook up for Samus.

Screenshots maintenance and Retrospective Part II video

Thursday, 2 August 2007 at 10:17 GMT

I've given our Metroid Prime 3 media a cleanout and removed the old shaky-cam pics while separating out the artwork/render pieces into their own home. Also be sure to check out the latest in GameTrailer's five-part look at the Metroid series below, this time they spotlight the very best of 2D Metroid in Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion. Brilliantly put together, this video really does the two games justice - so be sure to set aside 11 minutes of your time for it - really quality viewing.