Metroid - News
Random What's Up With That Metroid Reference In The Paper Mario Trailer?
Could it have anything to do with the 2D Metroid rumours?
The reveal of Paper Mario: The Origami King for Nintendo Switch has seemingly added weight to those March rumours about the Super Mario remasters. If you go back even further to the start of t
News Metroid Prime 4 Dev Retro Studios Hires Battlefield, Tomb Raider And Borderlands Artists
Joining recent Halo and Crysis developers
It would appear that Retro Studios, a subsidiary of Nintendo which is currently working on the highly anticipated Metroid Prime 4, has once again been hiring a number of talented industry folk to bolster its ranks. As spotted by VGC, the Texas-based developer has brought on a number of new VFX artists - the...
Random Nintendo's Hotline Guided Super Metroid Players With This Forbidden Map
Featuring an extra room
Before we had the internet at our fingertips, players had to call up companies and ask for some assistance when they got stuck in a video game. One Nintendo game a lot of people found a little confusing at times was the 1994 title, Super Metroid. Back in the day of the Nintendo Power hotline, gameplay counselors were using a...
News Be Like Samus In The Upcoming Smash Bros. Ultimate Screw Attack Tournament
Starts later this week
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is back with another weekly event. This time around it's a "Screw Attack" tournament - based on one of Samus Aran's most iconic moves in the Metroid series, and featuring the item of the same name. As usual, this event will start on Friday (in this case, 17th April) and will run for a total of three...
News The Project AM2R Creator Now Designs Levels For The Ori Developer Moon Studios
Life after Nintendo's takedown notices
You might remember a really impressive fan-made overhaul of Metroid II: Return of Samus – better known as Project AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake) – that was released in 2016. Ever wondered what the creator has been up to since it was shut down by Nintendo? Well, it was actually a dream outcome for him in...
Random The Game Boy Advance Title Metroid Fusion Is Being Recreated In Minecraft
The crossover nobody expected
Minecraft might be more than a decade old now, but somehow the game's community continues to surprise us. While there's been entire calculators and computers recreated within the game before, a Reddit user by the name of Nyubug has now decided to recreate the Game Boy Advance title Metroid Fusion in the base version of...
News Metroid Prime 4 Dev Retro Studios Hires Super Lucky's Tale And Crysis 3 Designers
The team is growing and growing
Retro Studios has hired another pair of talented designers as it continues to work on Nintendo's Metroid Prime 4, according to a new report. VGC says that Mark Capers, previously of New Super Lucky's Tale developer
News EA Art Director From DICE Signs On With Retro Studios
To help out with Metroid Prime 4, right?
It's been just over a year since Nintendo announced it had restarted the development of Metroid Prime 4. Since then, Retro Studios has been recruiting like no tomorrow. Now, according to VGC, the Texas-based studio has hired DICE's art director Jhony Ljungstedt. He's helped with the art direction for...
Rumour Prolific Leaker Says We'll Get Paper Mario And A 2D Metroid This Year
Of course we will
There have been a number of Nintendo-related rumours flying about recently and now the "prolific" leaker Sabi – who has a respectable track record, we might add – is claiming there'll be a Paper Mario game released this year (presumably for Switch), that goes "back to how it was", along with a 2D Metroid game seemingly...
Rumour Nintendo Has Three Metroid Games In The Works, According To Leak Group
Do we believe it?
If there's one series that almost always has us desperate for more, it's Metroid. It's (potentially) lucky then, that the latest rumours suggest a whole lot of Metroid love is headed our way. Self-professed gaming leak group, LeakyPandy, has shared an update to social media which talks of Nintendo's supposed plans for the Metroid...
Random Insomniac Discovers Gunship "Drift" Glitch In Metroid Prime
Years after its release
Metroid Prime was a massive game during the GameCube era, generating a huge following and a sequel on the same system. Despite this, one glitch in the first entry which has seemingly gone unnoticed over the years has now reportedly been discovered by a Reddit user known as angelar_ who suffers from insomnia. You see, one...
News Metroid Prime 4 Dev Retro Studios Hires Halo Character Modeller As New Lead Artist
This is it, Chief
Retro Studios, the developer currently working hard on Metroid Prime 4, has bolstered its creative talent by hiring Halo series character modeller, Kyle Hefley. The news comes from VGC, which reports that Hefley has been snapped up as Retro’s new lead character artist. You'll almost certainly be familiar with his previous work,...
Feature Pokémon, Zelda, Mario, Metroid... Nintendo’s Biggest Bugs, Glitches And Errors
It’s a bug feature
Of all the developers putting out games today, Nintendo has possibly the best reputation for delivering rock-solid, glitch-free and glorious gaming experiences. The patented ‘Nintendo polish’ is something of a given when you fire up a first-party game - we expect an assuredly smooth, jank-less time where in games from...
Random One Metroid Fan Has Fixed Other M For All Time
"Any objections, Lady?"
Out of all of Samus Aran's amazing adventures, the Wii exclusive Metroid: Other M has to rank as the most divisive. Much of the fan displeasure stems from the characterisation of Samus as a petulant soldier who veers from showcasing strong-willed, petulant behaviour to being crippled by anxiety. Given that Samus had...
Random Fan Proves That Samus' Power Suit Isn't All That Practical
But it still looks incredible
Now then, we all know that Samus looks the absolute business - we won't hear any other arguments on the matter, thanks - but is that Power Suit of hers really the most suitable bit of kit for space exploration? We didn't expect to be delving into this pressing gaming dilemma today, but this video has left us with no...
News "Metroidmania" Spirit Event Starts Later This Week In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Metroid Prime 4 might have been delayed, but that won't stop Nintendo from spotlighting Samus in the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit event. Here are the details: The three-day #SmashBrosUltimate spirit event "Metroidmania" starts on 28/06! Check your Spirit Board, because #Metroid characters are coming out of the walls!...
News Metroid Prime Developer Andy O'Neil Passes Away, Aged 47
"Andy’s contributions to the gaming industry will never be forgotten"
Bluepoint Games has revealed that its co-founder Andy O'Neil passed away on June 10th, aged 47. O'Neil is perhaps most famous to Nintendo fans as the technical lead on Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2, and as principal engineer on Metroid Prime 3. Originally from Birmingham...
News Retro Studios Is Seeking An Art Director For Metroid Prime 4
A long road ahead
Texas-based developer Retro Studios has tweeted a job listing for Metroid Prime 4. This minor update on the project follows on from April when the company posted multiple job listings on its official Nintendo careers webpage. Months later, the developer appears to still
Random Respawn's New Star Wars Title Is Inspired By Metroid And Dark Souls
Role model games
Yesterday, Electronic Arts kicked-off its E3 2019 celebrations with its 'EA Play' event and the gameplay reveal of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. While it's already been confirmed the title won't be coming to Nintendo's hybrid system, there's still an interesting link this game has with one of the Japanese company's famous series...
Random Rare Promo Art For Unaired Cartoon Show Features A Metroid Gender-Swap
The artist obviously never finished the game in five hours or under
Occasionally a piece of concept art for a treasured icon of gaming pops up and we all gawp and have a laugh at how off-model the initial sketches looked before the character was established. Even official takes on characters can be vastly different from the versions we know and love...
News Retro Studios Posts Multiple Job Listings, Talks About Joining "The Nintendo Legacy"
Oh Metroid Prime 4, how we desire you so
Retro Studios - the developer behind titles like Metroid Prime, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 7 - has posted a number of new job listings today. The company is searching for talented individuals who are passionate about "the Nintendo legacy". You can check out the jobs here if you're...
Rumour Best Buy Hides 'Leaked' Switch Games From Public View, But It Might Not Be Over Yet
Just a cover-up?
Yesterday brought with it a very juicy and - importantly - believable rumour courtesy of US retailer Best Buy. If you missed it, an internal employee terminal suggested that Persona 5, Metroid Prime Trilogy and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past are all
Rumour Persona 5, Metroid Prime Trilogy And A Link To The Past Are Switch-Bound According To Best Buy
Best Buy Direct
A leak via Best Buy's internal employee terminal suggests Persona 5, Metroid Prime Trilogy and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past will all be released on the Nintendo Switch at some point in the near future. This follows the apparent leak of Joker's render in
Video Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Looks Lovely Running At 60fps And In 4K
HD Trilogy when?
The Metroid Prime series is hugely popular among the franchise's fanbase - you probably already knew that if you chose to read this article - but the games are starting to show their age a little as technology gallops forward. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is now 15 years old (where does the time go?), with its GameCube visuals naturally...
Feature Please Understand: Unpacking Nintendo's Vision For Metroid Prime 4
Is Metroid finally on the right track after the Federation Farce?
Nintendo’s announcement that Metroid Prime 4 was effectively being taken back to the drawing board wasn’t exactly the January surprise fans were hoping for; the sizeable delay to this much-anticipated sequel was an understandable downer for fans. Despite disappointment, the video...
Video Why You Should Be Pleased The Development Of Metroid Prime 4 Has Been Restarted
"There's a bright side to all of this"
Last week, Nintendo’s Senior Managing Executive Officer Shinya Takahashi revealed development of Metroid Prime 4 had been restarted. The game was apparently not up to the required standards and Nintendo has now appointed Retro Studios to take control of the project. The downside of this is the delay, with the...
Random Looks Like Amazon Didn't Get The Memo About Metroid Prime 4
Available in the past, present and extreme future
Unless you've been fast asleep since last week, you've probably already heard the news that the development of Metroid Prime 4 is being entirely restarted. Nintendo issued an official statement on the game's progress last Friday, telling us that Retro Studios would now be working on the title and...
Rumour Metroid Prime Trilogy For Nintendo Switch Is Ready To Be Released
“It’s been long done”
No, it’s not some horrible nightmare, Nintendo has in fact announced the development of Metroid Prime 4 will be restarted, with the original developer Retro Studios now collaborating with producer Kensuke Tanabe. Prior to this shock announcement from Nintendo, there were
News Metroid Prime 4 Development Scrapped, Will Be Restarted Alongside Retro Studios
An open and honest update
Nintendo has issued an official statement updating fans on the progress of Metroid Prime 4. Sadly, development of the game has been entirely restarted. The message comes from Shinya Takahashi, Senior Managing Executive Officer at Nintendo. In the video above, Takahashi thanks fans for their continued excitement and...
News First 4 Figures Meta Ridley Statue Pre-Orders Now Open, Exclusive And Standard Editions Available
With glowing LED eyes
Recently, we shared the news that a brand new Meta Ridley statue was on the way from First 4 Figures. Now, that very statue is available to pre-order, and you can choose between Standard and Exclusive variants to suit your specific desires (although, both options are mightily expensive as you might expect). Estimated to...
News First 4 Figures Teases Its Menacing Metroid Prime Meta Ridley Statue
Hand over your wallet
Ridley has made a comeback in recent years. After finally being added to the Super Smash Bros. series as a playable fighter in the Switch version of the game, First 4 Figures is now teasing the antagonist's upcoming statue, based on his meta form featured in the Metroid Prime series. The short clip below reveals reservations...
Random Elon Musk Reveals The Fighter He Plays As In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
A fitting choice
Last month, Elon Musk got the attention of Nintendo fans by revealing how he tried to convince the Japanese video game company to collaborate with Tesla and release an in-car version of Mario Kart. In the end, Nintendo chose to pass on the idea. Despite being denied by the iconic publisher and developer, the 47-year old tech...
News Nintendo Applies For Metroid: Other M And Super Mario Galaxy Smartphone-Related Trademarks
Download and video game trademarks included
Nintendo Co, Ltd. has applied for trademarks for Metroid: Other M and Super Mario Galaxy. Once again, these trademarks cover all bases - making reference to 'program for home video game machine', downloadable video game program', and 'program for smartphone'. In recent times, Nintendo has secured...
Rumour Swedish Retailer Lists Metroid Prime Trilogy For Nintendo Switch
Here we go again
When Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aimé was spotted in September wearing a Metroid t-shirt alongside Geoff Keighley, rumours began to circulate that a special announcement would be made at The Game Awards. We're now days out from the annual event held in Los Angeles, so what can we expect? According to Swedish retailer Inet, the Metroid
Random Brie Larson Reveals She Wants To Make A Metroid Movie After Dressing As Samus For Halloween
We'd give it a watch
If there's one Nintendo franchise that has the potential to create a genuinely good movie, it's Metroid; with the space wars, aliens, and a lone, mysterious hero at its core, the series seems like a decent fit for a silver screen adaptation. Of course, we've already heard that the Metal Gear movie director Jordan Vogt-Roberts...
Random Reggie Sparks Metroid Game Awards Reveal Rumours With Tasteful Choice Of Shirt
And no, that's not Yves
If there's one game that we really can't wait to see more of, it's Metroid Prime 4. Despite only being treated to a glimpse at the game's logo so far, we, and countless others, have been desperately waiting for more news for a while now. The game wasn't present at E3, but fans are beginning to gain hope that a new reveal is...
News A Metroid Easter Egg Has Been Found In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze After Four Years
Hiding all this time
Nintendo games often have little nods to other franchises cheekily tucked away in hard-to-reach areas, giving fans a nice little burst of happiness and pride when they stumble across them, but this little easter egg inside Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze managed to remain hidden for more than four years. Until now, of...
News Head Of MercurySteam Believes Nintendo And Konami Resurrected Spanish Studio
Spanish-based studio, MercurySteam, is best known for developing Metroid: Samus Returns and also working on Konami's Castlevania series - including the 3DS entry, Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate. Although the studio’s history has been well docu
News Metal Gear Movie Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts Wants To Make A "Crazy" Metroid Movie
Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the man who is currently directing a Metal Gear movie adaptation, has discussed his "crazy" ideas for a potential Metroid movie. Vogt-Roberts' love for video games is pretty obvious - not only is he working on a Metal Gear film, but his latest release, Kong: Skull Island, was littered with video game references,...
News Reggie Reveals Metroid Prime 4 Development Is "Proceeding Well"
N64 Mini is mentioned, too
Reggie Fils-Aimé provided a brief update about Metroid Prime 4 during an interview with Game Informer at this year's E3. Despite the absence of the highly anticipated game from the main video presentation, Nintendo of America's president said development of the title was making steady progress. Last year was...
News This Metroid Space Pirate Cosplay Takes a Different, Retro Approach
*Those noises Space Pirates make in Metroid Prime*
We love a good cosplay here at NL Towers, but it's rare any one cosplay will make us say 'phwoar' in written form. This cosplay of a Space Pirate from Metroid by Dan Cattell shows that you can take a costume idea in any direction you see fit. We're not sure how it all looks from the front, but...
News Metroid Prime 1 & 2 Audio Lead Discusses His Work And Life At Retro Studios
We can dream, eh?
With Metroid Prime 4 now officially announced for Nintendo Switch - please let there be another reveal at E3 this year! - fans of the series finally have something to be excited about after what will be a 12-year gap between entries. To whet your appetite before any further announcements, though, indulge yourself in...
Rumour Another 2D Metroid Has Begun Development
E3 2017 was amazing for many reasons, one of which is that this was finally the year that Metroid made a comeback. After the bombshell announcement that Metroid Prime 4 is on its way to the Switch, it was also announced that Metroid: Samus Returns would be coming out in the fall. If recent rumblings are to be believed, then, it would...
News Metroid: Samus Returns Rolls In With A SR388 Data File Trailer
Because games that are already out deserve trailers, too
It's been three months since Samus Aran blasted her way back onto 3DS with the nostalgic romp that is Metroid: Samus Returns, so of course Nintendo has released a new trailer to, you know, remind you it exists. Entitled 'SR388 Data File', the video shows off some of the armoured bounty...
Video You Might Want To Make A Drink Before Watching This Metroid History Feature
The perfect way to fill your lunch break
While Mario and Zelda are often cited as Nintendo's biggest franchises, few video game series attract as loyal and dedicated a following as Metroid. Since the first NES game in the '80s players have become hopelessly immersed in the world of Samus Aran, and after a long period without any new games,...
Guide Where To Find All The Upgrades In Metroid: Samus Returns
Like any Metroid game before it, Metroid: Samus Returns is full of secrets, passages and loot for the famous bounty hunter to find. Your progression through the game is tied to finding these items as you'll invariably encounter doors, passageways and environmental hazard that necessitate the locating of these gadgets. To...
Music Super Metroid's Mother Brain Battle Theme Is Much Less Threatening In Jazz Form
Mega Man, Final Fantasy and Transformers themes also tackled
Video game battle themes are normally strident and forceful, creating tension at moments in a game when rapid responses and cunning reflexes are required. However, Japanese music act Gentle Love - which consists of Metal Gear Solid composer Norihiko Hibino (saxophone) and Etrian...
Random Metroid and Justin Bailey Revisited - With Some Interesting Finds
The Master Password
With the release of Metroid: Samus Returns, the nostalgia of the heyday of 2D games - and the first three Metroid Games - is hard to resist. While Metroid II is a fine game to remake, most gamers of that era cut their teeth on the first Metroid game, which for the time was a huge, nearly endless adventure,
News Metroid: Samus Returns Makes Modest Chart Debut in Japan, as Switch Still Dominates
Sold less than Other M, but a lot more than Federation Force
It's time for the Japanese chart results from Media Create, and this week there are some interesting releases making their mark, including the '2D' return of an iconic franchise that typically struggles in Japan. We're referring to the rather brilliant Metroid: Samus Returns, which...
News Metroid: Samus Returns Makes Top 10 Debut in UK Charts
Rayman just outside top 10, NBA 2K18 on Switch nowhere to be seen
Last week had a few high profile releases across various systems, which means the UK charts are a little more interesting than normal. Well, aside from Destiny 2 staying in top spot. The best new arrival is actually NBA 2K18 in second place, but that doesn't include Switch sales as...
Review Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS)
You know, there’s a reason why they call it 'Metroidvania' and not 'Castletroid'. As much as the Castlevania series took the whole ‘interconnected 2D map’ ball and ran with it over the past decade while Metroid fans had to do without, it’s Nintendo’s series that first defined the rules and, when handled properly, did it best...
News Nintendo Made Us A Better Developer, Says Metroid: Samus Returns Studio MercurySteam
"We are the only studio to have made a Castlevania and also a Metroid"
Spanish studio MercurySteam turns 15 this year, and it's about to have the busiest week of that impressive lifespan. The company's contribution to the Metroid universe - Metroid: Samus Returns - launches on 3DS on September 15th, while Raiders of the Broken Planet - an...
Music Metroid Meets Vangelis In New 70 Track, 5 Disc Fan-Made Album
Gets you in the mood for Metroid: Samus Returns
"What would Metroid's music sound like if it were performed by Vangelis?" This was the question that birthed a new 70 track, 5 disc album by retro gaming enthusiast, music creator and Nintendo Life contributor Gonçalo "Shiryu" Lopes. Shiryu has created works based on franchises like F-Zero,
News Metroid-Themed My Nintendo Rewards Come To North America
It's time to spend that bounty
Nintendo has issued a series of Metroid-themed rewards on the North American My Nintendo portal to coincide with the upcoming release of Metroid: Samus Returns. Here are the available rewards: Metroid: Samus Returns theme - 20 Gold Coins Metroid - 50% discount - 250 Platinum Coins Metroid 2: Return of Samus - 30%...
Preview Going Back to SR-388 in Metroid: Samus Returns
Exploring strange, old worlds
It’s hard to believe, but we haven’t received a proper Samus-starring Metroid adventure since Other M launched seven years ago - the role of Metroid Prime: Federation Force will always be disputed. Our chozo-suited heroine has finally come back to us in the aptly-titled Metroid: Samus Returns. It’s a...
Feature A Long Journey Through Metroid Prime: Federation Force
Right now Nintendo is building the hype for Metroid: Samus Returns, but it's not been that long since our last game from the IP graced the 3DS. Metroid Prime: Federation Force was divisive (to put it mildly), and is now one year old. Amusingly, our editor Tom Whitehead and reviewer extraordinaire Conor McMahon only recently finished a...
Video Get Hyped For Metroid: Samus Returns With This Overview Trailer
Welcome to Planet SR388
The Metroid: Samus Returns hype train has officially left the station. Following the Gamescom presentation today Nintendo has now released an overview trailer, which you can view above. In this video you will learn more about the incredible arsenal at the disposal of the legendary bounty hunter Samus Aran and the many...
Watch The Metroid: Samus Returns Presentation from Gamescom 2017 - Live!
With Yoshio Sakamoto and José Luis Márquez
Gamescom 2017 is still in full swing. Following yesterday's Super Mario Odyssey presentation, today's presentation will focus on none other than Metroid: Samus Returns. The presentation starts today at <time>24th August 2017 11am</time> Producer Yoshio Sakamoto and José Luis Márquez,...
News Series Producer Yoshio Sakamoto Is Interested In Making Another 2D Metroid
"If there is another opportunity..."
After a long absence of 2D Metroid games, plenty of fans were delighted to see Metroid: Samus Returns announced at this year's E3. Now series producer Yoshio Sakamoto has made clear that he's interested in creating more 2D outings for the bounty hunter, and has been talking about his passion for the project in...
Video Nintendo Minute Shows Off Extended Metroid: Samus Returns Gameplay
And plugs the amiibo, naturally!
For those eagerly awaiting Metroid: Samus Returns, today brought some lovely news with the announcement of the handsome Samus Edition New Nintendo 3DS. There's also some footage of different areas, with Nintendo Minute pitching in. Along with Sam from the Treehouse they go through some neat areas and also show...
News Nintendo Unveils Gorgeous Samus Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL
Update: This system is also coming to Europe, also on 15th September. Original Article: The 3DS 'family' of systems has had some terrific limited edition hardware, and we reckon this is another to add to the list. The 'Samus Edition' New Nintendo 3DS XL has been unveiled by Nintendo of America, and it'll arrive on 15th September alongside...
News Nintendo UK Has Reopened Pre-Orders For Metroid: Samus Returns Legacy Edition
Get in quick!
When Nintendo UK opened up pre-orders for Metroid: Samus Returns a while back, they sold out almost instantly. The pack comes with a retro steelbook case, 40-page Artbook, soundtrack, gold S-Mark pin, Morph Ball 3D keyring and a download code for Metroid II: Return of Samus. If you didn't get one last time, then you'll be...
News Here's What Those Lovely New amiibo Do In Metroid: Samus Returns
Tap for a Metroid marker
The official Japanse website for Metroid: Samus Returns has just popped up and what a beauty it is. Of course, not being Japanese ourselves, we have a hard time knowing what is being said here. Thankfully Japanese Nintendo are at hand with a translation which explains what the Metroid amiibo do within the game: Samus Aran...
Feature Re-acquainting Ourselves With an Old Ally in Metroid: Samus Returns
When it came to time for questions during our hands-on demo with Metroid: Samus Returns for the Nintendo 3DS, the very first thing we asked was, “Why now?” That's because, one deviation aside, Samus Aran has been out of the public spotlight for seven years - it's been a whole decade if you trace her absence back to the beloved...
News The Metroid: Samus Returns Legacy Edition is Up for Pre-Order on the Official Nintendo UK Store
Update: And now they're gone
Update: Having checked at about 16:50 UK time, an hour after publication, we see these are now sold out. Well, we said they'd go fast... Original Article: We all know that some Nintendo limited editions can be rather rare beasts, so UK gamers keen on Metroid: Samus Returns may want to jump quickly on the Legacy...
Deals Be Quick And Grab The New Metroid And Super Mario Odyssey amiibo
Don't let the scalpers get them all
During E3 this year we got to see a lot more of Super Mario Odyssey and Metroid: Samus Returns for 3DS was revealed too. While these games both look absolutely amazing to play, there are also a range of amiibo which will look great on your shelf and offer functionality within the games, too.
News Reggie Fils-Aimé Defends Nintendo's Indie Support and AM2R Policy
Also talks of Animal Crossing app having positive impact for IP
We've seen plenty of E3 interviews from Reggie Fils-Aimé and other Nintendo executives, many covering the content that Nintendo showcased in LA. There's interest in what wasn't shown though, as despite there being plenty of surprises and official coverage, some areas were...
Video MercurySteam, Metroid: Samus Returns and the Prototypes That Were Rejected
Liam Robertson revisits the story
Metroid: Samus Returns was a welcome announcement during E3, as Nintendo used the Treehouse segment to unveil what is now one of the most anticipated 3DS titles of this year. It's being developed by MercurySteam, well known among 3DS owners for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, and it's looking rather...
News The Metroid: Samus Returns Legacy Edition Looks Fabulous
Really, just look at it
Earlier today Nintendo of Europe sent out a press release with details on upcoming 3DS titles, and we covered a couple of new details. One section that caught our eye that we didn't cover initially related to the Metroid: Samus Returns Legacy Edition, which sounds like a super-charged version of the special edition...
News Former Metroid Prime Designers Talk About What They Want From A New Metroid Game
"The isolation, the wonder, and the fear"
Metroid turns 30 this year, and the news has been marked in the best way possible by not one but two new titles in the franchise. Metroid Prime 4 and Metroid: Samus Returns are certainly worth getting excited about, but former Metroid Prime designers Kynan Pearson and Mike Wikan have more ambitious ideas for...
News Yoshio Sakamoto on the Development of Metroid: Samus Returns
"I’m working on other titles outside of Metroid, of course"
It was already quite a shock announcement for Nintendo to finally reveal that Metroid Prime 4 is currently being developed, but very few would’ve ever called the follow up announcement that was made in a later Treehouse stream in which Metroid: Samus Returns was revealed. Yoshio...
News Creator Of Cancelled Metroid Fan Game AM2R Is Looking Forward To Samus Returns
"I’m sure it’ll be epic"
The announcement of Metroid: Samus Returns caused quite a stir at E3, and goes some way to explaining why Nintendo was so heavy-handed with a promising fan-made Metroid tribute a short time ago. AM2R was created by DoctorM64 and, like Samus Returns, sought to remaster the Game Boy outing Metroid II: Return of Samus. The...
News MercurySteam Elaborates On How It Came To Work On Metroid: Samus Returns
Hang on, we thought the rumour was "b******t"?
MercurySteam is working with Nintendo on Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS, arguably one of E3 2017's biggest (and most pleasant) surprises. What makes the game such a shock is that back in 2015, we reported on a rumour that the Spanish studio had pitched a 3DS Metroid to Nintendo, a claim which was...
Video Producer Yoshio Sakamoto Dives Deep Into Metroid: Samus Returns On 3DS
Info on abilities, attacks and much more besides
Yesterday, Nintendo dropped the bombshell that it was working on not one but two Metroid games: Metroid Prime 4 on Switch and Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS, with the latter being a remake of the classic Game Boy release Metroid II: Return of Samus. The 3DS outing is due for launch this year, giving...
Video Samus Fans Lose Their Minds at Metroid Prime 4 Reveal in Nintendo NY Store
There was a moment during our E3 2017 Nintendo Spotlight live blog when the updates stopped, just for about 30 seconds. That's because this writer, who'd fantasized very publicly about Metroid Prime 4 in the pre-broadcast blog, was trying not to lose his mind. Nintendo only showed a logo, but for long-suffering Metroid fans it...
News Metroid: Samus Returns Resurrects Game Boy Classic "In A Completely New Way", Says MercurySteam
"It has been very exciting" adds Yoshio Sakamoto
One of the biggest surprises of Nintendo's first day at E3 was the announcement of Metroid: Samus Returns, a remake of the Game Boy title Metroid II. The game was shown off during the company's Treehouse segment and is being developed by Spanish studio MercurySteam, the same team responsible...
News Remake of Metroid II, Metroid: Samus Returns, Announced for 3DS at E3
Reggie: "I have a nice little surprise"
Hold onto your arm cannons. Today Nintendo announced that a remake / reimagining of Metroid II: Return of Samus is coming to the 3DS later this year. During the Nintendo Treehouse live stream, President of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé took the mic to say, "I have a nice little suprise". ...
News Preorders Are Open For The New Figma Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Samus Aran
Coming this October
Toy manufacturer Good Smile has opened preorders for its forthcoming Figma Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Samus Aran figure. Due for release on October 31st, this limited edition figure features plenty of articulation and comes with a morph ball and interchangeable arm cannon.
Reminder Fire Emblem My Nintendo Rewards Arrive in North America, Metroid in Europe
Insert your own 'Club Nintendo was better' comments
Ah, My Nintendo, the download-only reward programme that struggles to find love - to be fair, considering how cool Club Nintendo was once upon a time, it's on a hiding to nothing. In any case, earlier this month it updated with some new Rewards; as the initiative is so exciting we'd actually...
News Fan-Made Prequel Metroid: Rogue Dawn Released On NES
Set before Metroid Zero Mission
Time and time again fans surprise us with projects born out of their love for Nintendo franchises despite the obvious legal issues. One franchise in particular that seems to generate substantial fervor is Samus Aran's very own backyard, the Metroid series. As years go by without a new mainline entry in this revered...
News Reggie Fils-Aime Offers Hope for Those Dreaming of Mother 3, Metroid and More on Switch
"Talk to me in a year and let's look back"
As is often the way with any presentation focused on a launch, Nintendo unveiled a number of Switch titles while others, either rumoured or simply desired by fans, received no mention at all. There were some notable absentees as a result, but Reggie Fils-Aime has tried to sooth any lingering nerves around...
News Metroid Developers Reflect on the Development Process of the Original Metroid
Samus was mistakenly named after a Brazilian soccer player
The Metroid series is one of those franchises that has a ravenous and loyal fanbase, but doesn't always have the best of luck. It's been in something of a slump lately, with the middling Metroid Prime: Federation Force being something of an anticlimactic comeback after 2010's Metroid: Other...
News No Reset 'Metroidvaniathon' Raising Money in Honour of Tom Happ's Son
For the Kernicterus Research Fund
We don't often know the detailed background of how games are made or who creates them, but sometimes a developer's story can have as much impact as their game. This has been the case with Tom Happ, creator of the brilliant Axiom Verge. Earlier this year Happ shared details on his young son Alastair - he suffers...
News Koji Igarashi Would Be "Incredibly Honored" To Make A Metroid Game
No surprise there, then
When its Kickstarter campaign came to a close, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was the biggest video game crowdfunding project in the site's history, and has only been eclipsed by Shenmue 3. The incredible response to Bloodstained - which is regarded as a spiritual successor to the "Metroidvania" sub-series of Konami's...
News AM2R And Pokémon Uranium Nominations Revoked At 2016 Game Awards
No longer listed in Best Fan Creation category
Another Metroid 2 Remake and Pokémon Uranium have a lot in common. Not only are they fan-made tributes to famous Nintendo franchises, they were also shut down at roughly the
News New North American My Nintendo Rewards Carry A Major Metroid Theme
And the Splatoon Ink Tank is back
My Nintendo has been updated in North America with a raft of discounts focused around the Metroid series. The following discounts are available now, and are exclusive to the region - if you're in Europe, you won't be able to benefit. 30% off Super Metroid (New 3DS) – 20 Gold Points 30% off Metroid: Zero Mission...
News Castlevania Dev MercurySteam Denies It Ever Pitched A New Metroid To Nintendo
"People have a lot of imagination and time to think about stuff"
A while back we reported that Spanish developer MercurySteam - famous for rebooting Konami's Castlevania series - was working on a new Metroid concept for 3DS and Wii U that it was going to pitch to Nintendo. Apparently this project was disclosed during interviews with potential...
News A Samus Costume Was Almost in the Wii U Axiom Verge Port
Nintendo axed the idea, of course
Despite its popularity, the Metroid series has fallen on hard times as of late. Nintendo has done little to address the series over the past several years, and while we got a pretty good spinoff on the 3DS this year, it's struggled greatly commercially. Axiom Verge, while not a Metroid game, was obviously made as a...
News Turns Out Nintendo Came Up With Metroid Prime's Most Compelling Feature
"Nintendo was like, this is going to be about the scan visor"
The Metroid Prime sub-series has to rank as one of the most beloved of all Nintendo's franchises. The three mainline Metroid Prime titles are sublime pieces of software, yet it's easy to forget that the public reaction to early footage of the first instalment was met with widespread...
News Metroid Prime: Federation Force Flops on UK Debut
A long way off the top 40
Recently we reported on Metroid Prime: Federation Force enduring a poor launch in Japan, missing the country's top 20. Unfortunately, today's Chart-Track UK charts don't bring any better news. The Next Level Games-developed title is absent from the all- and single-format top 40 charts for the country, and the picture is...
News Nintendo of America Issues Takedown Request on AM2R, Ending the Project
"There will be no more AM2R updates, and no more releases"
We suspect many regular readers of these pages are very familiar with AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake), a terrific fan effort that was released as a free download in August. We wrote an impressions piece praising it as "the Metroid game that fans deserve". The work of Milton Guasti, known...
Feature A Close Look at AM2R - The Metroid Game That Fans Deserve
Another Metroid 2 Remake, as the name says, but it does the job
Come along with us and take a glimpse into an alternate reality. It's not much different than the one you currently live in; in fact, it's nearly indistinguishable. The only change is that this is a world where Nintendo never stopped producing amazing Metroid games. On a relatively...
News Samus is the Latest Hero to Get a My Nintendo 3DS HOME Theme
Orange is certainly a theme
The My Nintendo rewards to date have had some high-points, but it's probably fair to say that the loyalty programme is yet to blow the doors off and excite loyal members. Nevertheless, there is a little extra treat on offer in exchange for 200 Platinum Points. Currently available in Europe (and Japan), with a North...
Guide Meching Sweet Chaos In Metroid Prime: Federation Force
The Bermuda System Campaign Field Manual
Look at you, fresh from boot camp standing tall and proud beside your shiny Project Golem Mech. Don't think this campaign will be a walk in the park; whether you fight alone or in a squad, the Bermuda System will be far from stable until we are done here cleaning up every single speck of Space Pirate scum...
News Celebrate The Release Of Federation Force By Dressing Your Miitomo Mii Up Metroid Style
Where can we buy a 8-Bit Samus t-shirt in real life?
It's officially Metroid Day with the launch of Metroid Prime: Federation Force on 3DS, and to mark this event Nintendo has added lots of cool new items to Miitomo. From today so you can strike some awesome poses with your Mii - see if you can win the 8-Bit Samus T-Shirt for your Mii and various...
Round Up Metroid Prime: Federation Force Predictably Divides Opinion
A force to be reckoned with?
Ever since Metroid Prime: Federation Force was first unveiled at E3 2015 it's proved to be somewhat of a controversial entry into the Metroid franchise - even more so than Other M if that were possible. Some bemoaned the lack of Samus, others weren't a fan of the chibi-style characters, yet some were cautiously...
Review Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS)
For the past three decades Nintendo's Metroid saga has given players the chance to explore a vast science fiction universe filled with lore, wonders and hazards from the perspective of the one and only Samus Aran, the galaxy's greatest bounty hunter. As such, it's easy to forget that all her struggles form but a small part of a huge,...
Nintendo Download 18th August (North America)
Federation Force, Poncho, Blasting Agents and lots more
It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update details. This week has some promising download-only titles across Wii U and 3DS, and of course there is a new Metroid Prime game for 3DS for you to consider. Let's get to it. Missed the European Nintendo...
News Project AM2R Gets Worthy Update Despite Nintendo Takedown Request
Nasty Bugs Get Zapped, Chozo Cannon Style
Project AM2R turned many heads upon release and continues to do so despite the fact that Nintendo's legal department is clearly unamused
Random Metroid Prime's Opening Boss Battle Has Been Recreated Using Lego
Lego builder Jared Rosenblitt is a huge Metroid fan - he's already created an awesome Meta Ridley and Samus showdown using the famous Danish construction toy - and now he's back with another Metroid-themed creation, this time detailing the famous opening boss battle in Metroid Prime. Rosenblitt showed off his creation at BrickFair...
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