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  • Review Metroid Prime: Blast Ball (3DS)

    Dropping the ball

    Ever since its initial announcement, Metroid Prime: Federation Force has been fighting an uphill battle. After a hiatus for the Metroid series, some fans were expecting something a bit more back-to-basics than a co-op shooter with a chibi artstyle set in the Metroid Prime universe. While there's still a week left at the time of...

  • Video New Metroid Prime: Federation Force Trailer Arrives, and It's Still Fighting Dislikes

    Game over man

    Those poor Federation Force troopers, all they want to do is save the galaxy and be honoured for the effort, showing that on-the-ground grunts are valuable in the fight against Space Pirates, and probably cheaper than the fees for highly skilled Bounty Hunters like you-know-who. Yet they're doomed to be criticised forever more because...

  • News Nintendo Issues Takedown Notices for Impressive Fan-Made Metroid II Remake, AM2R

    Oh, Nintendo

    Over this past weekend Metroid fans had a fan-made effort to thank for providing a welcome celebration of the franchise with AM2R, rather jokingly being an abbreviation for Another Metroid 2 Remake. Sadly, and predictably, Nintendo has reacted to the overwhelming positivity and broad coverage of the four year project by shutting it...

  • News Metroid Composer Shares Personal Note About the 30th Anniversary

    Also, a cool Metroid montage track

    The Metroid series has always been known for crafting an effective atmosphere, there's just no other game that manages to capture that same sense of creepy isolation. Environment design plays a large role in this, but the soundtrack also contributes in no small way. Considering that we just passed the 30th...

  • News Celebrate 30 Years of Metroid With The Fan-Made "AM2R"

    Fan Does What Nintendon’t

    It seems like it was only yesterday we where scratching our heads trying to figure out the correct moment to switch sides on our Famicom Disk System "Metroid" copy, released in Japan on 6th August 1986. We gladly suffer trough the loading times in exchange for better music thanks to the extra hardware on the FDS unit; of...

  • News Metroid is 30 Years Old Today

    Happy birthday, Samus

    Despite the sad reality that Metroid has fallen on hard times recently, the series has been a tentpole Nintendo franchise for nearly as long as the company has been in the gaming business. Many Metroid games still stand as some of the best available on Nintendo platforms, which makes it that much more of a sting that the series...

  • Review Metroid Prime: Hunters (Wii U eShop / DS)

    A bit past its Prime

    The year was 2004. The Metroid series had been brought roaring back to relevance a couple years prior with the excellent Metroid Prime, and its sequel was due out soon. At E3, Nintendo opted to unveil its newest platform, a bizarre device that featured two screens. Many were skeptical as to whether or not the device would be...

  • News Metroid Prime: Federation Force is Now Available to Pre-load in North America

    Just a few weeks to go

    It's hard to believe, but Metroid Prime: Federation Force is only a couple weeks away from releasing in North America. The co-op FPS looks set to expand on the gameplay of the classic sub-series, though it has certainly drawn ire from many fans due to its divisive art style and multiplayer-centric gameplay. Still, Next Level...

  • News Nintendo's Official UK Store Opens Federation Force Pre-Orders, Along With Some Lovely New Samus Figurines

    Free mousepad with the game... why not?

    Nintendo's Official UK Store is back in the game with another set of pre-orders, offering up a semi-controversial 3DS release and some lovely but pricey figurines. First of all there's the Metroid Prime: Federation Force pre-order which comes with a mousepad. A slightly odd extra, but it's available for...

  • Video Learn Some Handy Metroid Glitches

    Skip those pesky boss fights

    Glitches remain an important part of games for enthusiasts and speed runners, with unintended gaps in code or system limitations allowing those with the know-how to do strange things. Sometimes you can skip entire areas, defeat an enemy easily, or just make something look cool. There's a mix of techniques in the latest...






  • Random Ronda Rousey "Always Wanted To Be Samus"

    Giving Samus Aran for her money

    It's no secret that former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey is a video game fanatic - just watch her workout in a Pikachu onesie - so it comes as no surprise that the "baddest woman on the planet" revealed that she'd want to star as Metroid's Galactic bounty hunter, Samus Aran, in a video game movie. In...











  • Rumour A Planned 2.5D Metroid Title For 3DS Got Cancelled in 2012

    Samus just can’t catch a break

    Metroid is a series long overdue for a sequel. Regaining relevance after the excellent Metroid Prime series by Retro Studios, it seemed like the franchise was here to stay. Unfortunately, after the highly polarizing Metroid: Other M in 2010, Nintendo's been pretty frosty towards the series and has been hesitant to...








  • E3 2014 Nintendo Hopes to Share Metroid News in the "Near Future"

    Keen to accommodate both 3D and 2D styles of franchise

    One notable feature of Nintendo's showing at E3 2014 has been its willingness to unveil new IPs or, if not entirely new brands, spin-off small ideas or franchises into new releases. Intelligent Systems is bringing us Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., for example, while one of the largest — and popular...


  • Weirdness Gaze in Wonder at Junkboy's 16-Bit "Demake" Art

    Don't you want Super Smash Bros. on SNES?

    Retro-inspired "demakes" of popular modern games are all the rage these days, but don't you want to put some on your walls? Swedish graphic designer Junkboy has created a wide array of gorgeous 16-bit demake art, much of which is available for purchase online. You can check out his Tumblr page for the full...




  • Weirdness Samus Aran's Metroid Backstory Re-imagined as a Love Song

    Samus does Glee

    It seems that a number of Metroid fans quite like Samus Aran to be a largely silent, steely-eyed killer. Or, at least, they don't want her to be an emotionally unstable — swerving from distant monotone narration to being frozen by childhood trauma — young bounty hunter daft enough to slowly burn to death until given permission to...

  • Weirdness There's a Metroid in my Spelunky

    A cross-over too good to be true

    Spelunky with a dash of Metroid — it sounds just as bizarre, yet as appetising, as pea and ham soup. That’s why this weird match-up has now been made a reality by mod maker, joey4track. To publicise his unique creation exclusive to the PC version of the game, he passed the modification onto YouTube personality...

  • News Mother Brain Revealed As An Enormous Super Smash Bros. Assist Trophy

    Mother NO!

    If Samus in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. is ultimately going to be heavily influenced by the design from Metroid: Other M, then perhaps she'll be less the silent and deadly hunter from the Metroid Prime Trilogy and more prone to flashbacks, fearing the past and generally being full of angst. The latest assist trophy may, then, send our...


  • News Check Out This Stained Glass Art With A Nintendo Twist

    Heart (container) of glass

    Let's be honest - when looking for festive gifts this year, an elaborate piece of stained glass artwork to hang in your cathedral / average-sized home might not be the first thing that springs to mind. However, the gallery of Rick Daniels' work showcased on his Etsy site may be just enough to tempt you. A self-taught...



  • News Metroid Fan Film Fundraising Campaign Demolished After Claim From Nintendo

    It's now "the subject of an intellectual property dispute"

    Two weeks ago we reported that a Kickstarter campaign emerged for a fan-made Metroid film titled Metroid: Enemies Within. Its goal was to reach $90,000 to bring the 10-minute Hollywood-style film to fruition, and had Christian Cardona on board, who has worked on shows such as Bones, Lost and...

  • Video This Super Metroid Animation is Rather Impressive

    Let's all dream of a full animated series...

    So, things have gone a bit quiet with the Metroid franchise. Metroid: Other M divided fans on the Wii, 3DS ambassadors received a copy of Game Boy Advance title Metroid Fusion, and the IP made an appearance in Nintendo Land. None of those have quite satisfied fans in recent years, it's safe to assume...

  • News Metroid Fan Film Seeks Crowdfunding For Completion

    See Samus in full Hollywood glory

    If you're a fan of Metroid and have some spare cash lying around, you may be excited to know that a new Kickstarter project has been opened to fund Metroid: Enemies Within, a ten minute live-action fan film. "Fan film" might be a slight understatement, as the project is being helmed by Christian Cardona, an Emmy...


  • Review Metroid (Wii U eShop / NES)

    By Zebes, it’s Metroid on the Wii U

    The NES section of the Wii U's Virtual Console expands by another notch with the addition of Metroid, regarded by many as one of the best entries that amazing series has to offer. The great news is that it's every bit as wonderful as you remember; the bad news is that it's no more interested in holding your hand...



  • Video A Young Person Plays Super Metroid


    I've been playing a videogame called Super Metroid Primes this week. It is not very good. When I saw that Dave had given the game a perfect score in his review last week, I was very excited to try it out for myself, especially considering that it was only 30p (or 30 cents, if you're on that side of the pond) on the Wii U...

  • Miiverse Super Metroid - Too Taxing For Today's Gamers?

    Where's the Super Guide?

    It’s no secret that gamers are used to being mollycoddled these days; modern games very often start with a tutorial level to teach you the ropes. In its quest for accessibility New Super Mario Bros U — and various predecessors — even offer a ‘Super Guide’ to show you how the level should be played if you get really...


  • News Super Metroid Symphony Album to be Released on 19th March

    Another arrangement from the Synthetic Orchestra

    While many enthusiasts and talented musicians create terrific remixes or orchestrations of popular game soundtracks, not all are as prolific or well-regarded as the Synthetic Orchestra. The creation of Blake Robinson, the studio is his project to take well known themes from various sources — many of...


  • News WayForward Would Like To Make A Metroid Game

    Will you be signing the petition?

    WayForward, the developer behind games such as A Boy and his Blob, Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition, and the upcoming 3DS title Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?! has expressed its desire to make a Metroid game. Responding to a

  • News Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run Available From 17th November

    A must for Metroid fans

    Harmony of a Hunter is a fan-produced album that celebrates the Metroid franchise, and when released it gave a more significant acknowledgement of the series' 25th Anniversary than that from Nintendo itself. A free, two-disc album with 36 tracks, it was a major undertaking that we discussed in our interview with Shinesparkers...

  • News Miyamoto's Ideas for Metroid can be Found in Nintendo Land

    Not a bad starting point

    As you no doubt saw over the weekend, Shigeru Miyamoto recently conducted an interview with, during which he shared some views on Wii U and Nintendo's most iconic characters. Some additional translated comments now provide Miyamoto's views on the Metroid franchise, and he's suggested that Wii U launch title...


  • News This Super Metroid Cover Will Blow Your Mind

    Rock me, Ridley

    Given that video game music is held in such high regard by players, it's perhaps not surprising that there are literally hundreds of tributes floating around the net right now. However, few can match the awesomeness of this effort by On Being Human. The band - which is made up of film, television and video game composers - posted...

  • News Metroid Blast Joins Nintendo Land Roster

    Samus old story

    New screens have broken cover online which show a new game in the forthcoming Wii U title Nintendo Land. Metroid Blast is - as you might expect from the name - set in the universe made so famous by the heroic exploits of Samus Aran. It appears to feature co-operative gameplay, with players taking out large-scale enemies. Nintendo...


  • News Team Ninja Interested in Another Nintendo Collaboration

    Another M

    Metroid: Other M divided fans of Samus Aran, but Team Ninja wouldn't mind giving the series another go — if Nintendo is up for it, too. At Gamescom, VG247 asked Team Ninja studio head Yosuke Hayashi about the possibility of a sequel. Hayashi expressed an interest in working with the Kyoto company again in the future, in particular...

  • News Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run Set For November Release

    Blasting your speakers soon

    Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, the fan-produced music album of Metroid music and remixes, is now confirmed for a November release. A follow up to the original Harmony of a Hunter double album, 101% Run will feature music that missed out on the first release as well as brand new tracks. Like its predecessor it'll be...


  • News Metroid Fan Film is Light on Action, Heavy on Chat


    We've seen some great Nintendo fan films over the years; films that made us think "if only". This short film, Metroid: Encounter at Ceres Colony, wants to be next. As the name suggests, the short takes Super Metroid as its inspiration but mixes in some elements from the Metroid Prime Trilogy too. Serious Samus fans will also enjoy other...


  • Interview Shinesparkers - Celebrating Metroid with Music

    Recreating the adventure

    Recently we became aware of Harmony of a Hunter, a two-disc album of fan-produced Metroid music that covers the history of the franchise: it's available for free from this download page. It's a project from Metroid fan-site, and a follow-up album called Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run is on the way. We spoke...

  • Ninterview IAmThatOneGuy Talks About Creating Paper Samus

    Aran sweater

    Last week we told you about a giant paper Samus created by Flickr user IAmThatOneGuy, and we decided that we wanted to learn more about how it was created. We reached out to the paper artist and learned more about him and his unique project. Nintendo Life: First, please introduce yourself and your creation. Matthew R Green: My name is...

  • News This Giant Paper Samus Must Scare Off Burglars

    Postmen, milkmen unaffected

    If you want an effective — though unbelievably time-consuming — way to ward off would-be burglars, a 6'10" paper model of Samus Aran would probably do the trick. Flickr user IAmThatOneGuy (via Nintendo-Gamer) decided to recreate Samus in her Varia Suit from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes out of just paper. As the...

  • News Fan Collective Planning Metroid Music Release

    Free two-disc album already available

    Last year was packed full of Nintendo anniversaries, including 25 years since the original Metroid arrived on the NES. While Mario and The Legend of Zelda enjoyed celebrations and special anniversary game releases, Metroid was restricted to the appearance of Metroid Fusion on 3DS, and that was only for...


  • News Samus and Link Suits Pop Up in Dynasty Warriors Vs.

    Suits you

    Tecmo Koei's next Dynasty Warriors game for 3DS, Dynasty Warriors Vs., features some interesting sartorial options for discerning Nintendo fans. The Japan-only scrapper lets you dress up as Link or Samus in her Zero Suit. They're included on the cart, but you'll have to get far enough in the tutorial mode to unlock them. Note that these...



  • News Metroid Database Needs Your Help with Series Bestiary

    Get artsy

    Long-running fansite Metroid Database needs your help compiling an in-depth record of every creature that inhabits the series' enormous universe. With so many games in the Metroid series the site needs help from artists and knowledgeable veterans to bring the catalogue to completion. In its current incomplete stage it's still a fascinating...


  • News A Better Look at Those Samus Aran Statues

    Zeroing in

    Last weekend saw some new Metroid: Other M figures revealed, and now we have some decent photos of the statues courtesy of Tomopop and Tokyo Hunter. Zero Suit Samus is stood next to a baby Metroid, whereas the poseable Power Suit version of the heroine just comes as-is ready to save the universe, presumably. We're sure some savv

  • News Max Factory to Unleash New Metroid: Other M Figures

    Comes in two flavours

    Compared to Nintendo's other main franchises, there's an undeniable lack of Metroid merchandise out there in the wild, but Japanese figurine manufacturer Max Factory is taking a stab at correcting that with two new figures based on Metroid: Other M as spotted at a recent Japanese toy fair. One figure will be a small replica of...

  • News Super Mario Land 2 and Metroid II Heading to 3DS Virtual Console

    GB sequels confirmed

    Nintendo just announced two more classic Game Boy outings on their way to the 3DS Virtual Console in the coming months: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and Metroid II: Return of Samus. Both games are down for a vague "Quarter 4" release date so don't expect to see them long before Christmas. Will you be picking up...

  • Feature What Happened to Metroid 64?

    Samus got lost

    As a week of Metroid Anniversary celebrations draws to a close, we thought we’d look back at a Metroid game that never was. We’re not talking about Metroid Dread, which could still happen, but Metroid 64, which will obviously never see the light of day. We’ve made the title up, but in light of the trend of adding ‘64’ after...

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