Lots of classic Metroid updates today. I've finally wrapped up the final two reviews for Metroid and Metroid II, closing out the reviews run (until Other M that is...). We also now have a scan of the PAL version of Super Metroid's instruction manual, and thanks to the quality of the scans I've setup a new concept gallery to house the pretty pictures (special thanks to Gamehiker for some of the extra pics).
There's also been a special classic Metroid retrospective video released on the Japanese Nintendo Channel. The entire clip is spoken in Japanese (so fingers crossed for an English version sometime soon), but we see some fantastic footage from Metroid: Other M's intro sequences, very nicely mixed in with the events of Super Metroid's finale. Check it out below! Special thanks to NNoeLL and the MDb for the news!
Update: Here's a new concept artwork gallery for Metroid II as well - enjoy!
In 2008, the WDR Radio Orchestra performed the Symphonic Shades concert in Cologne, Germany, followed by Symphonic Fantasies in 2009. This year the orchestra will be performing Symphonic Legends, an all-Nintendo music concert at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall on September 23, 2010. The concert is reported to include music from the Metroid saga, but the entire lineup should be of immense interest to any fan of video game music - just take a listen to some of the music performed at Symphonic Fantasies last year to hear just how good this orchestra is - it's absolute magic.
Square Enix Music Online has a fantastic two-part interview with Winfried Fechner - the manager of the WDR Orchestra (Part 1 | Part 2), detailing the work the orchestra has performed and how it all originally came together. They also discuss what we can expect to see at this year's Nintendo-themed concert. Not surprisingly, the concert is already sold out, however CDs will eventually be made available (keep an eye on the Symphonic Fantasies website for details of the upcoming CD from last year's concert). Video game concert music doesn't get much better than this... check out the videos below to whet your appetite (the Super Metroid orchestration was performed by the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra at Orchestral Game Concert #4 back in 1994). A massive thank-you to David Banz for letting me know about this amazing concert series.
Unfortunately the rumour going around of Metroid: Other M's delayed release is true, with Nintendo revising the date to August 31, 2010. August seems to be the month of Metroid these days after the Metroid Prime Trilogy and Corruption's releases in August of the past few years, but this kind of delay gives Nintendo and Team Ninja extra time to give us a ride to remember.
Special thanks to Seiji and HYRUL3 for encouraging me to not delay reporting the delay any longer!