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Talking Point: The Future of Metroid

The Future of Metroid

Where next, Samus?

It’s a big anniversary for Metroid, joining Mario and Zelda in the 25 year club. It’s interesting to note that there hasn’t been much fanfare from Nintendo, with the upcoming 3DS ‘Ambassador’ release of GBA classic Metroid Fusion being the only sign of Samus this year. It seems that as a franchise, Metroid is very much...

Feature: Staff Roundtable - Metroid's Past, Present and Future

Staff Roundtable - Metroid's Past, Present and Future

Primed and ready

25 years ago, Nintendo released the original Metroid on the world, kicking off a franchise that has hit incredible highs and suffered the odd low point too. Here news editor James Newton is joined by reviewers Jacob Crites and Thomas Whitehead to discuss the series, its heritage and where it might go in the future. James Newton: This week marks the 25th anniversary of the original..

News: Metroid Celebrates its 25th Anniversary Today

Metroid Celebrates its 25th Anniversary Today

A quarter-century of hunting bounties

25 years ago today, 6th August, Samus Aran took her very first steps into the gaming world in Metroid on the NES, and she never looked back. To celebrate we have a great week of content planned, but for now let's recap on some of our past Metroid coverage. Want to know which game rises above the rest? We have...

News: Nintendo UK's Metroid Hub is Open to Visitors

Nintendo UK's Metroid Hub is Open to Visitors

Come in, take a seat

As if to prove that Nintendo hasn't forgotten about the 25th anniversary of Metroid that kicks off early next month, the company's UK wing has just launched an official hub to celebrate Samus's space adventures. The Metroid Portal contains information on most of Miss Aran's adventures, with the only omission being Game Boy outing Metroid II: Return of Samus, most likely as it's..

News: Metroid Remix Album Sounds Pretty Sweet So Far

Metroid Remix Album Sounds Pretty Sweet So Far

Samus it ever was

Next month marks the 25th anniversary of Metroid, and dedicated fan community ShineSparkers has just released a preview of remix album Harmony of a Hunter. The OCRemix project contains tracks spanning Samus Aran's gaming history, from 8-bit to today, with styles ranging from electronic to choral. The snippets provided so far certainly sound good, with the full album due for..

News: Metroid Database Translates Other M Artwork for Your Pleasure

Metroid Database Translates Other M Artwork for Your Pleasure

See Samus in a new light

Metroid: Other M certainly had some delicious artwork, most of which was only available in Japanese, but those hard-working folks at the Metroid Database have translated plenty of concept art into English. From sketches of Zero Suit Samus to maps and boss concepts, the artwork is well worth a look over if you're into Samus's most recent adventure. Be warned though: the..

News: You May Have Missed These Mini Metroid Nods

You May Have Missed These Mini Metroid Nods

No new game, but Samus's presence is felt

We didn't see a new Metroid game during Nintendo's E3 2011 conference, but that doesn't mean heroine Samus Aran was absent from the show. The Wii U press kit shows off a multiplayer game where two Wii Remote wielders must escape from a Wii U controller user, piloting Samus Aran's ship around and presumably raining down laser death. The ground troops were..

News: Fan-Made Metroid Game Miniaturises Our Beloved Heroine

Fan-Made Metroid Game Miniaturises Our Beloved Heroine

Minitroid tech demo now available

It must be one of those enigmatic laws of the universe, that if you shrink something, anything, then it instantly becomes cute. Thanks to three Metroid fans, that's exactly what they've done in their interpretation of the retro platforming series. The Metroid Database has unveiled the Minitroid tech demo, developed by programmer Tokinsom, artist Betatronic, and..

Features: Don't Touch My Samus: Metroid's Controversial Turn

Don't Touch My Samus: Metroid's Controversial Turn

Why the latest Metroid game's depiction of Samus isn't a complete departure for the series

Metroid isn't a franchise that is known to rest upon its laurels. While each entry maintains the same basic elements that made the first game successful, one could hardly say that the series has gotten comfortable over the years. Whether it's adding a...

News: Next Year Will See 750 Metroid Prime Gunships Landing on Desks

Next Year Will See 750 Metroid Prime Gunships Landing on Desks

First 4 Figures continuing its Metroid Gunship Series

If the recent listing of the life-size Samus Aran promotion statue was too big for you to handle, then you might be interested in First 4 Figures' latest model in its Metroid Gunship Series as it's considerably smaller and won't be a nuisance when it comes to vacuuming. The Metroid Prime Gunship, as featured in Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime:..

News: Nintendo Japan Humbly Attending to Metroid: Other M Bug Fix

Nintendo Japan Humbly Attending to Metroid: Other M Bug Fix

No word on other territories yet

There's a serious bug in Metroid: Other M that requires gamers who encounter it to restart their game from the beginning, unless they've been saving in multiple slots along the way. Nintendo of Japan is the first company out of the blocks to arrange for those unlucky souls to receive help. Affected Japanese gamers can either send their save files on an SD card or..

News: Sakamoto Wants to Know Your Metroid: Other M Thoughts

Sakamoto Wants to Know Your Metroid: Other M Thoughts

Could sculpt future Aran outings

Metroid: Other M has divided gamers; some love the blend of action and story, others are less impressed. Whatever your thoughts, Metroid creator Yoshio Sakamoto wants to hear them: they could very well hold the key to Samus's future adventures. Speaking to Gamespot about the continued evolution of Metroid, Sakamoto...

News: Nab a Life-Size Samus Statue on eBay

Nab a Life-Size Samus Statue on eBay

Auction site sells heroine

Ever wonder what happens to all those amazing life-size statues and installations in game shops after they're taken down? They usually end up on eBay, of course. That's the fate of this Metroid statue created to promote celebrated first-person adventure Metroid Prime, currently on sale for a measly £65. Standing 190cm tall and weighing some 50kg, as you'd expect the..

News: Serious Metroid: Other M Bug Requires Total Restart

Serious Metroid: Other M Bug Requires Total Restart

Nintendo aware of issue

A rather serious bug in Metroid: Other M has come to light that requires players who encounter it to load a previous save file or, in dreaded circumstances, start their save file over again. The issue is a single door on the far side of a lava pit in Sector 3, right after moving on from the desert refinery. If that door is red, you're not getting any further, so reloading an..

News: Sakamoto Wishes to Start Metroid Dread From Scratch

Sakamoto Wishes to Start Metroid Dread From Scratch

Metroid co-creator might not even be involved with it

With the revelation that a Metroid game was close to materialising on the Nintendo 64, it's almost a mirror image of the elusive Metroid Dread that's supposed to be on the DS. Series co-creator, Yoshiro Sakamoto, has recently shed some light on it and we could be back to square one before we've...

News: Metroid 64 Was This Close to Existing

Metroid 64 Was This Close to Existing

Not that close, actually

There was no Metroid game on Nintendo 64, Samus Aran skipping the console altogether save for a cameo appearance in Super Smash Bros. Series creator Yoshio Sakamoto has revealed in an interview with UK magazine GamesTM that the heroine's history could have been very different, as Nintendo approached a third-party to develop an Aran adventure, but the developer declined..

News: Metroid: Other M Struggles to Ignite UK Sales Charts

Metroid: Other M Struggles to Ignite UK Sales Charts

Debut at #12 for bounty hunter

Despite getting off to a flying sales start elsewhere around the world, Metroid: Other M has faltered in its first week on sale in the UK, coming in at number 12. With a high-profile advertising campaign, generally positive reviews – including our 9/10 rating – and the always-reliable Metroid name, it's hard to see where things went wrong. Fellow new release

News: Metroid: Other M Tops Wii Sales Charts Worldwide

Metroid: Other M Tops Wii Sales Charts Worldwide

Released in Europe today

Samus's latest adventure Metroid: Other M finally finished charging this week, blowing a hole in wallets across both North America and Japan. According to sales data compiled by Gamasutra, the bounty hunter struck gold, topping the Wii charts in both territories. Based on sales information collated from Amazon's sites for North America, Japan and Europe – where the game..