April 2010 news

Echoes review and Metroid: Other M Trailer media

Sunday, 11 April 2010 at 02:43 GMT

Metroid: Other MA few quick updates for today. Firstly, our Metroid Prime 2: Echoes review is finally done, which concludes the Prime series on the reviews-side of things. I've also added downloadable versions of the latest Metroid: Other M Gameplay trailer, available in either high-definition or standard formats (the hi-def ones do the trailer extremely good justice). We also now have two extra screenshot galleries, one each for the Teaser trailer and Gameplay trailer.

If you've watched the Gameplay trailer 1500 times by now, be sure to check out the Japanese version which has a few extra scenes slotted in. The MDb's YouTube channel also has the Japanese version of the Teaser trailer for anyone who is interested to hear what Samus' Japanese voice actress sounds like.

Reviews, Trailers and introducing the Online Map Viewer

Thursday, 1 April 2010 at 08:13 GMT

Boy that trailer was great! I've prepared our own streaming version of the Metroid: Other M Gameplay Trailer, while downloadable versions will be coming further down the track. I've also finished our Metroid Prime review, leaving just three to go on the to-do list.

I'm also happy to introduce a new feature for the site: the Online Map Viewer!

Online Map Viewer

Last year while I was preparing all the maps for the Prime series, I noticed how easy it was to pan and zoom the maps in Photoshop and Fireworks. Viewing them in a browser didn't give the same smooth usability, so with some handy JavaScript code (thanks Dynamic Drive!), we're now able to offer a handy browser-based map viewer with built-in zooming and panning goodness. All the existing maps on the site can be viewed in the system, and every map page has a direct link into the viewer itself. You'll need JavaScript enabled to use the viewer, and it should work in the latest versions of all the major browsers (even IE). But please let me know if you notice any bugs or weird glitches occurring. Enjoy!