January 2011 news

Metroid Wiki turns 1 and the latest Shinesparkers interview

Monday, 31 January 2011 at 11:38 GMT

Time sure does go fast these days. A year ago on January 27th, 2010, Metroid Wiki opened its doors and gave a us a new wiki to enjoy. They recently celebrated their first birthday a few days ago, and with 781 articles so far they've done a mighty fine job for their first year. Join in and help the wiki grow if you can!

Shinesparkers have also fired up their latest interview, this time with composer Tommy Tallarico, who worked on sound effect design in the original Metroid Prime among a whole load of audio craziness in the video game world (he's also the co-creator of Video Games Live!).

Nintendo 3DS Launch details

Thursday, 20 January 2011 at 04:24 GMT

Today we learn a bevy of new information about Nintendo's latest handheld monster, the Nintendo 3DS. The new system will be launching first in Europe on March 25th, 2011 for £229.99 (UK) and €249.99 (mainland Europe), then on March 27th, 2011 in the US for $249.99. It's nice to see the price-points fairly on par across the different regions. A new Kid Icarus and remakes of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Starfox 64 join a hefty launch lineup, but at the moment all we can do from the Metroid sidelines is imagine what adventures Samus will get up to on that fancy new 3D screen.

A planned Virtual Console for the 3DS promises digital re-releases of classic Game Boy and Game Boy Color games, so it's a sure bet that Metroid II will eventually join the library along the likes of Super Mario Land and Link's Awakening. Would this lead to a full-fledged remake of Metroid II on the 3DS? We'll have to wait and see! Check out Nintendo's UK and US websites for more juicy details about the new handheld.

Team Ninja have also jumped on the 3DS train with Dead or Alive Dimensions, a portable version of their console fighting series. But what makes this one so special? Check out a video of the game in action, and don't be surprised if the arena looks familiar - it's none other than the Geothermal Power Plant from Metroid: Other M! This cameo from the Bottle Ship comes complete with an angry Ridley, hovering around the background to often pelt fireballs at combatants below. The arena itself looks battle-damaged and anything but safe (I am so glad the platform was fully intact in Other M!), and a special appearance of Samus in her Morph Ball form at the end of the clip gives hope to her actual playable presence in the game, but no official word yet. The arena and Ridley look surprisingly faithful to their counterparts in the Wii game, so the 3DS is already looking mighty impressive.

New comments system and community updates

Tuesday, 4 January 2011 at 07:18 GMT

Happy New Year! I hope 2011 met you well and continues delivering good fortune. On that note, today I'm happy to deliver something new to the site that's as old as the world of blogging - a comments system!

News headings can now be clicked to load up a separate page where the comments are housed. You can also head straight to the comments section by simply clicking the comments link beside the date and time in each news post. It's all still in beta-early stages at the moment, so here's hoping nothing breaks. Comments will be moderated before being approved for publishing on the site, so please play nice!

In other news, there's been plenty of activity around the community. Let's start with the Metroid Headquarters, who have just released their second monthly podcast. A few months ago, Falcool (the administrator of MHQ's podcast), graciously invited me to be a guest for this latest episode, so if you want to hear what my strange accent sounds like (g'day mate!), feel free to grab the podcast and enjoy the show. Falcool interviewed me with a number of questions about Metroid Recon and a few other Metroidy-topics, and it was an absolute blast to be involved. I'd like to extend a very big thank-you to Falcool, MetroidMaster1914 and the team at MHQ for inviting me along and wish them all the very best for their future podcast shenanigans!

The MDb have also recently unveiled their own version of the Other M soundtrack along with a remastered Metroid Prime soundtrack. The Metroid Prime remaster improves on the actual soundtrack in the game (and the official album) by touching up clicks, pops and reverbs. Definitely worth picking up if you love the brilliant music from the original Metroid Prime.

Shinesparkers have been busy too with a new web-comic; check out Metroid: The Justin Bailey Adventures for an animated take on the life of a Space Pirate and his Geemer buddy. Despite the Space Pirate point-of-view, the comic is colourful and humourous - keep an eye on this one! Finally, Shinesparkers also has a special message from Jessica Martin (the voice of Samus in Metroid: Other M) sending along her well-wishes to the Metroid fan community. Thanks Darren and Jessica, and Happy New Year everyone!