Wikitroid aims to become independent and needs your help!

Whether you realize it or not, if you’ve ever searched for Metroid information within the past decade, chances are you’ve stumbled upon Wikitroid. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit if you’re looking for anything Metroid-related. And now it needs your help.

Basically, Wikitroid is hosted by Wikia, arguably the biggest and most renowned public wiki host. Although Wikia hosts Wikitroid for free, administrators and editors don’t have control over the wiki configuration, stifling Wikitroid technically. Wikia’s ad-riddled pages make things difficult from a design perspective as well. As such, they are exploring the possibility of “forking” and creating their own independently hosted version of the site.

Doing so would give Wikitroid free reign over the content and software they use, but they would have to pay for everything out of their own pockets. This is where we come in. Wikitroid aims to start a Patreon (or something similar) and estimate the monthly operating costs to be between $150-$300 (USD).

If you are willing to support them in this endeavor and are relatively certain you have the ability to contribute financially, you can complete a survey to help give them an estimate of what to expect from donors. Keep in mind the survey is non-binding and confidential, so it’s not like your answers lock you into anything.

I’ve also posted an FAQ FastLizard4 (a Wikitroid administrator and Wikipedia editor) compiled about the situation below.

FAQs

Q: What will you use the money you earn via Patreon (or otherwise) for?
A: At this time, our aim is solely to recoup operating costs with donations. Any excess will be saved for this purpose only. If it becomes necessary to have paid staff, donors will be consulted first, and this will be limited to system administration and technical support positions; all wiki editing activities and editorial control will forever remain strictly volunteer activities (similar to how the Wikimedia Foundation handles donations for Wikipedia).

Q: Will I get anything for donating?
A: We do plan to offer Patreon perks (or some equivalent), but they will be purely cosmetic, and we mean it. You might get some special flair next to your username on the wiki, or maybe access to a private section of our Discord server, but that’s it. Donors will not be offered any additional editorial control or any advanced user permissions (like administrator), and they will still be subject to the same policies and rules as every other editor, donors or otherwise. But you will get the satisfaction of helping out a great resource for one of the best videogame franchises of all time, and our eternal gratitude! The Baby would be proud!

Q: Who will be running the servers?
Well, me. I’ve been a Wikitroid administrator and Wikipedia editor for over a decade now, and I already have experience hosting several MediaWiki installations and administering my own little network of servers. I also work as a software engineer and a system administrator professionally.

Q: “Fork”? Why do you keep using that word?
A: Wikitroid is a freely-licensed resource, and we are committed to being freely-licensed forever – this means that you can take Wikitroid’s content and reuse, repost, adapt, and do basically whatever you please with our content as long as you properly attribute Wikitroid as the source and make your adaptaions also available under a free license (specifically, we use a license called CC-BY-SA 3.0). Because of this though, and some aspects of Wikia’s Terms of Service and operating history, we most likely will not be able to “shut down” the old version of Wikitroid that remains on Wikia after we move. Instead, it will be renamed, but will otherwise continue to exist as a separate entity from Wikitroid. Hence, we’re not technically “moving” Wikitroid, but “forking” it. What actually would move is our administrators and editors, who would instead dedicate their time to the new independent Wikitroid instead of the old wiki left behind on Wikia. This does mean that we’d have to fight the Wikia version of the wiki for popularity (and search result rankings), but this is one of the ways you could support an independent Wikitroid non-monetarily – by linking to us instead of the old Wikia version, for example.

Q: Have you considered using a different wiki host (e.g., Gamepedia)?
A: Yes, and the various options here all remain on the table should we not be able to fund becoming self-hosted. But, given that the amount of effort required to perform the fork itself is the same no matter where we move, we might as well go full bore and be totally independent, if at all possible.

Q: What happens if this brilliant scheme fails? (Or people stop supporting the site, etc.)
A: As mentioned above, being a freely licensed resource, Wikitroid’s content is and will forever be available for anyone to copy and download. In a reasonably-good-case scenario, if something goes wrong, we can always move to a free wiki host like Gamepedia, but to hedge against a worst case scenario, we plan to make regular full database dumps of our content available to be downloaded publicly (as one can do on both Wikia and Wikipedia); the dumps would contain the full text and history of all articles on Wikitroid, and would be enough for someone to bring the site back from the dead should the worst happen.

Q: Assuming all goes well, what’s the timeframe of this fork?
A: This depends on both how much support we have for the move (both monetary and non-monetary), as well as my own free time. Performing the initial setup of the servers and other infrastructure and forking Wikitroid itself would be the most difficult and time-consuming part; once everything is up and running, regular maintenance is comparatively easy and boring. But, ideally, we would be able to get this process started in the form of an official community vote on the wiki within the next couple of months, and from there a couple more months to do all the necessary background work. No promises, though!

If you’d like to know more or become directly involved, you can visit the Reddit post and join Wikitroid’s Discord server.

Samus Returns nominated “Best Handheld Game” for The Game Awards 2017

2017 was an amazing year for Metroid fans and it looks like it could get even better. Geoff Keighley, host of The Game Awards, has revealed the nominees for each category of the show, with Samus Returns being a contender for “Best Handheld Game.”

Samus Returns has the nomination, so now it’s time for us to do our part. For those not familiar with The Game Awards, you can go to their website and vote for your favorite nominees. As such, I highly suggest you visit the awards page and cast your vote for the games you think deserve to win. For reference, Samus Returns is competing against Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World, Monster Hunter Stories, Ever Oasis, and Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia.

Geoff Keighley also released a video announcing the nominees, which you can view in its entirety below.

The Game Awards will be live on December 7 to declare the winners. With any luck, Samus Returns will walk away with the gold!

Nintendo Canada Rep states Federation Force was “A great package” but got bad rep

EP Network had an opportunity to speak with Nintendo of Canada communications manager Andrew Collins regarding Metroid Prime: Federation Force and the reputation it got from the public.

It was a great package. You had Blast Ball, which was this really interesting 3-player, sci-fi football. Then you also had Federation Force, a separate game itself which was this 4-player bounty hunter game, and it’s a shame because… because it didn’t feature Samus, fans were very very critical. Samus appears a tiny bit much later into the game. And so because of that, it was seen ‘we don’t want this version, get rid of it, and give us the one that we want.’ And it’s unfortunate for Federation Force because it got a bad rap, it wasn’t the game which people felt it was.

EP Network produced a Nintendo sponsored documentary on the Metroid series featuring Collins’ thoughts on the game late last month.

Source: EP Network

Metroid: Samus Returns cracks the US Top 10 for September!

Continuing its successful run, Metroid: Samus Returns has made its way into the September Top 10 in the United States at #8 of the all-format charts.

It landed just one spot behind Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Nintendo Switch) which released over two weeks earlier and is officially said to be the platform’s best selling third-party title (across North America and PAL regions combined). This news follows good placements in various European charts as well as a reasonably good performance in Japan.

The post will be updated with the full Top 10 once the NPD press release comes out.

Source: Nintendo of America PR

Metroid Prime 3 Figma’s release date has been delayed to next month

This is a PSA for anyone who has pre-ordered the Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Samus Figma. According to a Good Smile Company shipment list, the release of the Samus Figma has been delayed from its original release of October, this month, to November 2017. You can see the document below, as well as the Figma’s page on the Good Smile website, which both now give the release month as 11/2017.

Source: TwitterGood Smile Company

Metroid: Samus Returns makes strong debut in Germany’s September sales chart

The BIU (Bundesverband Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware) has published the September sales data for Germany’s top 20 PC and console games. Metroid: Samus Returns makes its debut at #11 ahead of other new entries such as Monster Hunter Stories and Knack II, both released a week earlier, as well as NHL 18 which released on the same day.

01 (NE) FIFA 18 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
02 (NE) DESTINY 2 (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
03 (NE) NBA 2K18 (TAKE 2)
04 (03) GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
05 (01) UNCHARTED: THE LOST LEGACY (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
06 (NE) PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2018 (KONAMI)
07 (02) F1 2017 (CODEMASTERS)
08 (05) MARIO + RABBIDS KINGDOM BATTLE (UBISOFT)
09 (NE) PROJECT CARS 2 (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT)
10 (08) MARIO KART 8 (NINTENDO)
11 (NE) METROID: SAMUS RETURNS (NINTENDO)
12 (04) CRASH BANDICOOT N.SANE TRILOGY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
13 (06) MADDEN NFL 18 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
14 (NE) MONSTER HUNTER STORIES (CAPCOM)
15 (12) THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD (NINTENDO)
16 (RE) THE SIMS 4 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
17 (NE) KNACK II (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
18 (NE) NHL 18 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
19 (09) FIFA 17 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
20 (13) MINECRAFT (MICROSOFT / NINTENDO / SONY COMPUTER ENT.)

Since these are All-Format-Charts, it should be noted that all the higher ranking new entries are all multi-platform releases while Metroid: Samus Returns is the highest new entry for a platform-exclusive release. This comes after news of quite a promising debut in Spain’s charts, as we reported earlier. It appears that, while not breaking any records or setting the charts on fire, 2D Metroid’s comeback has been a success, at least in Europe and Japan, all things considered. Sales info from the United States (where Metroid generally enjoys great popularity) for September are expected to be made public sometime within the next week.

Source: BIU via Bruno MB on NeoGAF

Super Metroid will not be featured at Awesome Games Done Quick 2018

Since the inception of Awesome Games Done Quick, the biannual video game speedrunning charity marathon, in 2010, Super Metroid has been among the most popular featured games. It has regularly occupied a primetime spot in the stream, usually on the final day, and is popular with fundraising. Every year, viewers decide for the speedrunners whether they will save the Dachoras or Etecoons at the end of the game, or abandon them to their fate – that is, if the speedrunner survives to the end. “Save or Kill the Animals” has been a significant donation incentive for viewers. But for the first time in AGDQ history, Super Metroid will not be featured at AGDQ 2018 in January.

Organizers of AGDQ said the reason for Super Metroid‘s omission was due to player deaths: the game’s difficulty, and the fact that players rarely or never save during their runs in order to finish them as fast as possible, mean that many of the runners die ingame before the end and are therefore unable to finish the run. In fact, at AGDQ 2016, only one of the four people speedrunning Super managed to complete their run.

This is not to say that Metroid will not have a presence at AGDQ 2018: they plan to stream the original Metroid, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. But what do you think? Is AGDQ abandoning one of its most-loved traditions, or is this a logical decision?

Source: TwitterPolygon

Jazz version of Mother Brain’s theme to be featured on Prescription for Sleep: Fight for Your Dreams album

Scarlet Moon Productions, which has promoted the release of The Dark Hunter, the six track Metroid rock album we reported on last week, has another Metroid-related release coming this Tuesday. Prescription for Sleep: Fight for Your Dreams is an album featuring jazz remixes of video game battle themes. One of the themes included is number 11, Mother Brain’s battle theme from Super Metroid. It’s actually a lot less threatening than the original version, so you can play it while you’re studying or relaxing, or use it to fall asleep. The album is the sixth in their Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies series, arranged by Gentle Love, a duo of Metal Gear Solid series composer Norihiko Hibino on saxophone, and Etrian Odyssey performer AYAKI on piano. If you loved The Dark Hunter, make sure you check this album out too!

Source: Bandcamp, Kotaku

Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that Scarlet Moon Productions produced The Dark Hunter. They did not, they only promoted it. This post has been edited to reflect that.

Metroid progressive rock tribute album The Dark Hunter is out now

The Dark Hunter, a new progressive rock Metroid tribute album by Ro Panuganti and Materia Collective, is available now. It features six reimaginings of the most iconic themes from the original MetroidSuper Metroid and Metroid Prime. These include the Brinstar Red Soil area theme from Super Metroid and Ridley’s iconic battle theme (music video for that is below). Ro Panuganti is a musician who’s been covering classic and modern video game soundtracks for over five years on YouTube. According to Ro, The Dark Hunter was influenced by progressive artists such as Pantera and Alice in Chains. He hopes this album will inspire you to pick up a guitar or Super Metroid, Metroid Prime or the newly released Metroid: Samus Returns!

The Dark Hunter is now available on Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify.

UPDATE: You can watch the Ridley music video below.

Source: Operation RainfallCrunchyroll

Spain’s promising first week sales data for Metroid: Samus Returns

Retail sales data from Spain has come out via the big Spanish magazine Hobby Consolas:

Metroid: Samus Returns (Nintendo 3DS) – 6,373

According to their report, Metroid: Samus Returns managed to sell 6,373 units in its first week (week 37, 2017 – going from September 11, 2017 to September 17, 2017). With Samus Returns releasing on Friday the 15th, this puts it at two days of actual availability.

To compare, the magazine also released lifetime sales to date (as of week 37 as well) for the previous Metroid title, Metroid Prime: Federation Force.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force (Nintendo 3DS) – 3,364

Considering that the latter game released over a year before Samus Returns and only managed to sell in that whole time a bit more than half of Samus Returns’ first week numbers, the Metroid II remake seems to have gotten off to a good start with a promising sales debut. It unfortunately also further puts into perspective how poorly Federation Force performed commercially.

For more comparisons, Monster Hunter Stories for Nintendo 3DS, which released a week prior to Samus Returns, moved 5,491 units, and PS4 title Yakuza Kiwami, which released two weeks prior, managed to sell 2,428 copies by week 37. The next step up for new releases is the racing simulation F1 2017 selling 11,092 units across three platforms with three weeks of lead-up to Samus Returns’ release. More sales data for week 37 is at the source link.

Source: Hobby Consolas via NeoGAF’s Bruno MB