August 2011 news

The Metroid 25th anniversary celebrations continue!

Sunday, 28 August 2011 at 09:56 GMT

Metroid celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this month, and the celebrations roll on!

Visit Wasabi Sunshine to find 31 Days of Zero Suit Samus - an adorable sequence of art created by artist Chris Furniss. Each piece of art depicts an adorable cartoon Zero Suit Samus in a variety of situations and predicaments. Check it out!

Following on from the Harmony of a Hunter soundtrack release, a new tribute album called Crystal Flash has been created by Theophany, who provided two of the tracks in Harmony of a Hunter. The album marks the 25th anniversary of Metroid and honours the memory of Chris Powell, an artist who contributed to Relics of the Chozo a few years ago. Visit Theophany's Bandcamp website for download links and to check out the album's stylish cover art. If you liked Theophany's contributions to Harmony of a Hunter (Bioluminescence and What's Past is Prologue), don't miss out on these tracks!

Musician Sam Dillard - another contributor of Harmony of a Hunter's music - has been busy building a 3D animation sequence to accompany his track "Into the Green World." Sam has crafted a snazzy 3D sequence of Samus' arrival in Brinstar, followed by footage from Super Metroid. It's a brilliant arrangement, and any excuse to hear one of Sam's tracks again is a good one! Check it out below!

Lastly, Shinesparkers and the Metroid Database have some fantastic news for merchandise and memorabilia fans! A Japanese PVC maker known as Max Factory have been granted an official license to produce Metroid-themed figurines. Two figurines, consisting of Samus in her Varia Suit and Zero Suit (both inspired by her appearance in Metroid: Other M), will release in Japan next year! Website Tomopop has provided a few photos courtesy of Tokyo Hunter from the 2011 Chara Hobby expo in Japan.

Look how fantastic they are!

Metroid II set for 3DS Virtual Console release

Thursday, 18 August 2011 at 06:51 GMT

Good news! Nintendo has announced that the original Game Boy version of Metroid II, along with Super Mario Land 2, will be made available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop later this year. This should be quite a treat for fans who take part in the Ambassador Program, as it'll complement Metroid Fusion nicely.

Harmony of a Hunter - released!

Sunday, 7 August 2011 at 20:40 GMT

The second project organised by Shinesparkers to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Metroid has arrived! Harmony of a Hunter is a 36 track remix album created by more than 20 artists in the video game community. This massive undertaking has resulted in absolutely gorgeous fan remixes of well-known Metroid music from across the entire series, presented in a variety of musical styles.

Head to the official Harmony of a Hunter website for all the details and download links. To help spread the word and make it easier for fans to secure their copy of this fantastic album, we'll be hosting our own local copy of the album here. The Metroid Database and Metroid Headquarters will also be mirroring the album, so there shouldn't be any issues in downloading it. Falcool from MHQ has also posted a great review of the album.

Congratulations to Darren for organising this immense project, and I hope you all enjoy the music!

If that's not enough fan music for you, The Ogvernment writes in to let us know about a beautiful piano and violin duet performed by Samuel Ascher-Weiss and Gabe Terracciano. They cover music from both the classic and Prime series, and every bit of it is stunning! Thanks The Ogvernment!

Metroid turns 25!

Sunday, 7 August 2011 at 02:59 GMT

Metroid - 25th anniversary

Happy birthday Samus! On August 6, 1986, Metroid arrived in Japan for the Famicom Disk System. Twenty-five years later, with ten games across more than 7 gaming systems, the Metroid saga has humbly cemented itself into gaming culture. I personally didn't join Samus' adventures until 1999, but I can imagine that many long-time fans have been following the series from the very beginning, all those years ago!

To help celebrate the occasion, the Metroid fan website community has been extremely busy preparing special projects. Up first is a special podcast from Metroid Headquarters (MHQ), in which the webmasters from MHQ, Shinesparkers, the Metroid Database (MDb), and myself discuss the 25th anniversary and how we're all planning to help celebrate. I'd like to thank MetroidMaster1914 and Falcool of MHQ very much for having me onboard for their latest podcast! Head to MHQ's website to listen to, or download the podcast.

Darren from Shinesparkers has been tirelessly working on two special features, one of which is now available. Darren has organised a special personal tribute video in which fans express their fondness for Metroid and offer well-wishes for the 25th anniversary. Not only do fans offer tributes, but professional game developers like Gene Kohler, Daisuke Amaya and Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi join in too. Even Jessica Martin (the voice of Samus in Metroid: Other M) offers her well-wishes! Check it out:

I would have left a message too, but was too caught up in our Metroid: Other M walkthrough at the time (sorry!...). The webmasters of MHQ, Shinesparkers and the MDb were also featured in the latest issue of European gaming magazine N-Gamer, discussing the anniversary and how the series has evolved over the years (same excuse again why I wasn't involved too, double sorry!). Check out scans of the mag at the MDb!

For MR's part in the celebrations, I've launched our new YouTube Channel with a special video walkthrough - the Metroid: Other M Normal Mode Challenge! In this 14-part series, I play through the game in one sitting, picking up minimum items (3%) and surviving without any Game Overs. I'll keep a link to our YouTube channel in the Miscellaneous category of the site's main menu from now on. Swing over and have a look!

There's more features to come from the community, so I'll update again once they're ready. But for now, enjoy the celebrations!