December 2007 news

First 4 Figures Metroid collectibles

Saturday, 22 December 2007 at 03:59 GMT

How much of a Metroid fan do you think you are? If collecting memorabilia is right up your alley, drop by First 4 Figures. They've just recently opened up pre-orders for an 11-inch wide statue of Samus' gunship at $299.99 apiece. The images speak for themselves... this is one mighty collectible. Check out the other F4F Metroid offerings below (the Varia and Gravity Suit statues should be available any time now, with Trace and Zero Suit Samus scheduled for early next year).

Samus' gunship Zero Suit Samus Gravity Suit Varia Suit Trace

But if you want to get your hands on some truly rare stuff, check out this eBay auction - red3183, creator of the incredible articulated Samus action figure is selling one of only two in existence - if you live in the US and can afford $500+, jump in and try your luck.

Metroid Prime 3 Logbook and Credits guides

Saturday, 15 December 2007 at 00:31 GMT

I really should've thought twice before claiming that last update for the year... Anyway, swing over to the Metroid Prime 3 section for the freshly added Logbook Guide and Credits Guide. If you're stuck looking for any elusive Logbook entries or trying to pick up every last credit in the game, these should help you out. The rest of the meaty guides (bosses, item locations, etc.) will come early next year.

Also be sure to swing by the Wallpapers section for a great new addition. Happy holidays!

New affiliate and upscaled Metroid

Friday, 7 December 2007 at 10:02 GMT

I probably shouldn't have been so hasty yesterday with the final update for the year... Anyway, if you've been enjoying Zelda: Phantom Hourglass recently, be sure to check out our new affiliate Zelda Dungeon for a wealth of knowledge on the subject along with plenty of coverage for the rest of the series.

Now that we've seen the conclusion of the 3D Prime series, do you think Nintendo might return to the 2D origins of the series? Might it look like this?

Artist rendition of HD Metroid

That amazing screen of Samus' final Mother Brain battle unfortunately isn't officially produced, rather it's an amazing high-definition piece of art from Alchemist Defined. Be sure to check out his site for super-sized versions and more incredible desktop wallpaper designs - hopefully this gives someone at Nintendo inspiration...

End-of-year updates around the house

Thursday, 6 December 2007 at 08:44 GMT

This sure has been an incredible year in the world of Metroid. We've been spoiled with the return of the classics Metroid and Super Metroid for the Virtual Console and Retro's masterpiece finale in Metroid Prime 3. As for the site, we've grown an incredible amount over the past twelve months - a big thank-you to everyone coming by and getting involved, whether it be through the forums, submitting content or keeping the traffic moving.

Samus Aran custom action figure For the last major update of 2007 we've got a few new bits and pieces lined up. Firstly, the next piece of the Metroid Prime 3 puzzle falls into place with the Secrets and Endings page. I'm still working on the next batch which should be ready by early January. Secondly, remember this custom Samus action figure? Its creator red3183 recently finished up the project and allowed us to host a gallery of photos, so be sure to see the results for yourself - really nice stuff.

I've also updated our Super Metroid soundtrack with higher-quality tracks, grab them if you haven't already. I also managed to grab some larger and cleaner screenshots from the Super Smash Bros Brawl trailer (the first batch). Also swing by the Wallpapers section and check out 2 new additions. The Metroid 2 manual is also now available - more to come in the future.

Lastly, Gamasutra recently interviewed the lead Retro guys in what is a very intriguing look into the history of the Prime series and the challenges they faced early on in development. Did you know that the Morph Ball almost wasn't going to make the final cut? This quote also nicely sums up their decision on the first-person viewpoint:

"We've come along a lot since then, but that was one of the reasons they were moving towards the first-person angle. And what's one of the main themes of Metroid? exploration. And the easiest way to observe your surroundings, even in a third-person game, is usually to switch to first person and move the camera around to observe where you are."

Be sure to read the rest of the interview! Well, that about wraps it up for 2007, so enjoy the end-of-year festivities and have a great new year.

Metroid Prime 3 overview, review and Hypermode guide

Saturday, 1 December 2007 at 01:05 GMT

Metroid Prime 3 I'm finally getting around to putting up our Metroid Prime 3 coverage with a few new articles posted today. Finishing the entire guide on its own will be a colossal task, so this time I'll be slowly releasing pieces of it as they're completed.

As it stands now, check out the new Game Overview page, Hypermode Guide, Review, and if you've lost your manual swing by the Game Manual page for scans of the instruction booklet.

That's it for now, expect to see more in the coming weeks.