I hope you're all still hanging out for Shinesparkers' Harmony of a Hunter remix album, created to celebrate Metroid's 25th anniversary. The album will release on August 7th and is shaping up phenomenally. Check out the final preview to whet your appetite!
Nintendo have announced an unexpected turn of events - as of Friday, 12th August, the Nintendo 3DS will experience a significant price drop. This will affect all major regions in the world, with the price set to drop to $169.99 in North America, 15,000 Yen in Japan, $249.95 in Australia, $343.99 in New Zealand, and roughly £160 in the UK and €180 in Europe.
Why has this happened so soon after launch? Is it due to the less-than-anticipated launch sales? Either way, Nintendo is offering a nice compensation for those who bought the 3DS at its launch price, or who buy it before the price drop takes effect. 20 free games are eligible to any 3DS owner who connects to the Nintendo eShop before August 12!
Known as the Ambassador Program, this includes 10 NES Virtual Console games (they'll be available on September 1) and 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games (available by the end of the year). One of the GBA games is Metroid Fusion, and at this point the GBA games won't be available to anyone else outside of the Ambassador Program (but you never know, I'm sure Nintendo will eventually open them up to everyone). If you haven't already picked up a 3DS, is this offer enticing enough to pick one up before the price drop?
For some time now, we've had the Metroid Fusion game transcript available. Now that the Other M walkthrough is done, and seeing as Other M is heavily-laden with dialogue, I've prepared a Metroid: Other M game transcript page. This one contains the game's dialogue from all the cutscenes, along with messages and miscellaneous text seen throughout the game (ever wondered what was on the computer screen that Maurice finds in the Exam Center? This transcript contains a good chunk of it).
Don't forget to swing by Metroid Headquarters to catch their 101 hour Metroid marathon!
The Metroid marathons continue! Two more marathons will take place over the next week. The first is organised by The Nerd Gamers, and is scheduled for July 7th at 6pm PDT (July 8th, 1am GMT). This marathon will take place over 72 hours, and donations will go to Children's Cancer Association.
The second marathon is taking place over at Metroid Headquarters, organised by MetroidMaster1914. The marathon is set to take place on July 11th at 8pm CST (July 12th, 1am GMT), and will run for a whopping 101 hours, finishing on July 16th, 1am CST (that's just over four days long!). They hope to play through every Metroid title on the hardest available difficulties, and collect all items and (in the case of the Metroid Prime games) all logbook scans. This is part of their 7-year anniversary celebrations (congratulations guys!) and donations will be given to Child's Play.
Don't forget to catch Game Marathon's three-way Metroid versus marathon on July 8th!
A new Metroid marathon is set to take place on July 8 at 8pm US eastern time (which should be July 9, 1am GMT). Run by Game Marathons, this marathon will comprise three separate teams, each competing for fastest completion time across the entire Metroid saga (except Hunters and Pinball). They hope to raise donations for Architecture for Humanity, a charity organisation devoted to aiding recovery efforts in countries experiencing natural disasters.
These marathons are always good fun to watch, so drop by their website to learn more about the program and how to make a donation.