Metroid - News
Feature Samus Aran, Gaming's Leading Lady
We take a look at the famous female bounty hunter
Historically, just about every form of media has seen itself dominated by men, and gaming is as guilty as the rest. You could chalk it up to the playing population remaining largely scant of females for reasons too complex and debatable to delve into here, but that's only half the story. The...
Talking Point 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
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:...
News Pixel, Team Ninja and More Join Metroid 25th Celebrations
All in one video
We've been having our own Metroid anniversary celebrations here at Nintendo Life, inviting your Metroid memories as well as reviews of every Metroid game. Metroid fansite Shinesparkers put together a special video containing tributes from community members as well as Cave Story creator Daisuke
Talking Point Your 25 Years of Metroid Memories
Charge your beaming smiles
Today is the 25th anniversary of Metroid and we want to know your favourite Metroid moments. Do you remember the first time you faced off against Ridley? Touching down on Tallon IV for the first time in Metroid Prime? Whatever your favourite moments and memories of Metroid, we want to know. Leave them in a comment below...
News 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
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...
News 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...
News 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...
News 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...
News 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...
Features Don't Touch My Samus: Metroid's Controversial Turn
Why the latest Metroid game's depiction of Samus isn't a complete departure
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 narrative, introducing...
News 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,...
News 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...
News 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
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...
News 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...
News 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
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...
News 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...
News 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...
Samus speaks up in her most explosive adventure yet
Metroid: Other M is a lot of things. It's the second translation of the series into 3D, one that ditches the first-person mould that the Metroid Prime trilogy used to cast such acclaimed titles in favour of a new hybrid of 2D and 3D gameplay. It's a game whose co-developer, Team Ninja, both...
News Samus Narrates a Trip Down Metroid Memory Lane
Get your plot details in order before the next adventure
Well, now that Nintendo has gone ahead and hired a voice actor for the traditionally silent Metroid: Other M star Samus Aran, we suppose it makes sense that they want to make the most of her talents. What better than to let the now-verbose heroine narrate a retrospective of her adventures with...
News Sakamoto says Metroid: Other M is a "Perfect Metroid Experience"
The wait is nearly over
It's been a long wait for Metroid: Other M, but within a few weeks we'll finally know whether or not it's an excellent outing for the bounty hunter. Metroid creator Yoshio Sakamoto certainly seems to think so, even going so far as to say it's the perfect Metroid experience in an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine. But...
News People Will Know When Metroid: Other M Arrives
M for marketing
With less than a month before the latest instalment in the Metroid series hits the shops, it's still not too late to tease gamers with what's in store when they take on the role of Samus Aran in Metroid: Other M. The side-scrolling, 3rd person action game has now got a new game page over on the Nintendo website; with more content to...
News New Metroid: Other M Footage Looks Intense
ONM ODs on M:OM
With a now-confirmed European release date of September 3rd to follow the North American launch on August 31st, the good ship Metroid: Other M is running at full-pelt now, with the UK's Official Nintendo Magazine running a week-long series of new footage. The first video shows off some of the new cinematics that will feature heavily...
News Metroid: Other M Launches Across Europe on 3rd September 2010
Not long for Samus fans to wait now!
Good news Euro friends, we’ve just had word from the Big N that Metroid: Other M will be launched across Europe on 3rd September. Only a few days behind the North American release date of 31st August which is nice. Not much longer to wait now! To whet your appetite for Team Ninja’s 2.5D reboot of the Metroid...
News Metroid: Other M to Reach Europe in September
Advert tightens launch window
We know that Metroid: Other M is landing in North America on August 31st, but so far there's been next-to no news about when the collaboration between Nintendo and Team Ninja would land on European shores. Now, a Nintendo advert on this week's trade magazine MCV UK offers a little clarification: September. That's all...
E3 2010 Metroid: Other M Trailer
Samus's latest on the move
Some things in the world of gaming never get old: stomping Goombas, matching gems, eating Octoroks. Here's one more for the list: watching this new Metroid: Other M trailer. Showing off less action and more exploration than previous trailers, it certainly looks like the game is shaping up nicely, with great cutscenes and a...
Rumour Metroid: Other M to Reach Europe on September 24th
Just a few weeks after Japan
We fully expect to hear more about Samus Aran's Wii-bound adventure Metroid: Other M next week, but Spanish site Pikmin Squad has just posted a rumour stating the game may be on its way to Europe before the end of September. Citing an unnamed Nintendo distributor, the site claims that September 24th is the date gamers...
News Don't Worry, You May Get More 2D Metroids
"Certainly possible", says Yoshio Sakamoto
As promising as Metroid: Other M looks, not everybody is happy with the direction the series has taken: some would be happier with a straightforward 2D Samus adventure like the days of old. Their prayers may not be falling on deaf ears either, as Metroid overlord Yoshio Sakamoto has hinted the flat...
News New Metroid: Other M Gameplay Trailer
Nintendo throw us a bone with a new gameplay trailer of Samus' latest adventure
Nintendo has today updated the Metroid.com Web site with a brand new trailer featuring gameplay from the upcoming Wii game Metroid: Other M. You can check out the trailer here: Only a few months to go until the game is released in the US followed by Europe later in the...
First Impressions Metroid: Other M
Hit me baby, one more time
As stunning as Retro Studios' Metroid Prime Trilogy undoubtedly is, we still fondly remember Samus Aran's formative years, and particularly the seminal Super Metroid. It seems we're not the only ones fond of this piece of the bounty hunter's history however, as Team Ninja and Tecmo's take on Nintendo's sci-fi franchise...
News Nintendo No Longer Publishing Metroid Prime Trilogy in US
Get it while you still can!
Blogger Coffeewithgames recently noticed that Amazon US had stopped stocking Metroid Prime Trilogy a few weeks back. He fired off an email of enquiry to Nintendo about the status of the title and got a response from Nintendo. "Unfortunately, Metroid Prime Trilogy is no longer being shipped. Having said that, you...
News Metroid is the Citizen Kane of Games
Comparison confuses design director
Outside of the gaming media, videogames rarely find much airspace, and at times suffer large-scale ‘video nasty’ shock stories. However, when ABC News ran a favourable webcast, comparing Metroid Prime Trilogy to Orson Welles' renowned cinematic classic Citizen Kane, Mark Pacini, the series' design director,...
News Prime Yourself for More Metroid
Developer interview teases possible DS outing for Samus
We may still be recovering from the majesty of Metroid Prime Trilogy, but a recent interview with the UK's Official Nintendo Magazine has unearthed an even more exciting titbit: there may be more Metroid Prime games on the way. Speaking to the magazine, Kensuke Tanabe of Nintendo said: We are...
News More Metroid Prime in the Pipeline?
Developer interview hints that the series is far from over
When Retro Studios put the finishing touches to Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, it stated that it would be the final game in the series. The announcement of Metroid: Other M - which is being handled by Tecmo's Team Ninja - seemed to confirm this, despite the recent repackaging of all three...
Features Metroid's Metal Makeover
How five guys blasted the series' haunting soundtrack into a whole different genre - without sucking
The trouble with covering beloved music is that it’s so easy to lose something in the translation. Successfully capturing the original work’s intent and mood is atypical; what most often happens when things go south is the heart and soul of the...
News Metroid Prime: Trilogy Now Available for Wii
Acclaimed first-person adventure series gets updated Wii Remote controls.
Metroid Prime Trilogy hits North American store shelves today and now is your chance to experience these amazing classics again, two of them with completely updated Wii motion controls and 480p presentation. You can check out the official press release below for more...
News New Metroid Prime Trilogy Artwork
Check out the new eye candy for the upcoming trilogy release.
Nintendo has just sent over a bunch of new Metroid Prime Trilogy artwork and we have to admit, the more we see these Metroid Prime Trilogy goodies, the more we want to get our hands on the game. You can check out all of these new pieces of artwork below and as usual, we'll have more...
News Box Art: Metroid Prime Trilogy
Take a look at the delicious Collector’s edition
Our good pals over at Nintendo just sent over some sweet images of the box art for the upcoming Metroid Prime Trilogy: Collector’s Edition which you can see in our gallery below. Exclusive bonus content includes: Collector’s edition metal packaging Special Metroid Prime Trilogy art booklet 16x9...
News Phazon Suit Samus Figurine Lights Up Your Life
Hand-painted figurines getting a limited run.
Looking for what is possibly the coolest Metroid nightlight ever forged by the hands of man? First 4 Figures would like your attention for a moment. Pulling inspiration from the latter act of Metroid Prime, the elaborate figurine company's latest concoction is a hand-painted Phazon Suit Samus, standing...
News Metroid: Other M - Will Samus Get Sexy?
Is our favourite space bounty hunter about to shed her suit?
When Nintendo revealed that the next instalment in the massively popular Metroid series would be a collaboration with Japanese 'tits and ass' experts Team Ninja, more than a few eyebrows were raised. Those eyebrows were soon lowered when the trailer started rolling, which displays what...
News More Than One Metroid In The Pipeline?
Metroid series director confirms existence of another Samus-based adventure
Rumours regarding an all-new side-scrolling Metroid adventure have been doing the rounds pretty much since Metroid Prime 3: Corruption hit store shelves. Entitled Metroid Dread, this near-mythical game seemed to come into focus after Nintendo revealed Metroid: Other M at...
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