You may recall that Super Metroid was not run at Awesome Games Done Quick earlier this year, due to issues that have plagued recent runs of the game. If you were disappointed in that decision, we have good news for you today. It will return for Summer Games Done Quick in 2018! However, it is no longer the main event, and will be run on Tuesday, June 26th at 8:09pm PST, after runs of Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid: Samus Returns. Runner oatsngoats, who competed in last year’s SGDQ and died 11:34 into his run, will return for a chance at redemption. SGDQ will be raising money for Doctors Without Borders, a very worthy cause, this year. Be sure to tune in and show your support!
Today’s Community Spotlight features Behemoth, a popular speedrunner in the Metroid community most notably for his achievements in Super Metroid, where he has set multiple records over the years. He also holds records in Metroid II: Return of Samus and toyed around with runs of Metroid NES, Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission. He currently holds the world record for the fastest 100% and Any% runs of Super Metroid (NTSC) and the fastest 100% and Any% (No out of bounds) records for Metroid II: Return of Samus.
To round off the month, our latest Community Spotlight is now available, featuring an artist called Neal Anderson, who has created some awesome Metroid artwork over the years. He has recently completed a seven-piece project called Metroid Lifecycle, which is available to view in the feature. We are very proud to continue to showcase the amazing talent within the Metroid community, and hope you will consider checking it out!
The NES classic Metroid has been nominated for The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame for 2018. It is a finalist for selection with 11 other games, including Half-Life, Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy VII, to join the likes of Super Mario Bros. and Tetris to be displayed at the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.
A player’s choice ballot is available to select three titles to be displayed at the museum, with voting lasting from March 27th to April 4th. The top three highest voting games will be announced on May 3rd and will join 27 other International Selection Advisory Committee chosen ballots in the hall of fame.
This is what The Strong have to say about Metroid in their nomination of the title.
Nintendo’s Metroid launched in 1986 and inserted players into a futuristic world brimming with innovative adventure and evocative music. The game combined the platforming of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. and non-linear story elements from The Legend of Zelda, offering a new game play experience. The protagonist, Samus, also gave the gaming industry its first playable human female character in mainstream video games. The game launched a franchise with 13 core titles that has sold more than 17 million units worldwide.
Source: World Video Game Hall of Fame
Nintendo have applied for nine new trademarks under “downloadable videogame programs”, which are Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers, Luigi’s Mansion, Mario & Luigi, Metroid, Metroid Prime, Smash Bros., Wario Land and WarioWare. It isn’t unusual for Nintendo to apply for trademarks often, however it is worth noting that “Wario Land” and “Metroid” are the only two trademarks have no announced plans at the time of writing.
We will update this news post with further information as it becomes available.
We are delighted to be sharing a guest feature with you today from Sonny Santa Maria, a video game contract animator who worked on Metroid Prime 3: Corruption who discusses his first visit to Retro Studios, his memories of Metroid Prime 3 and what happened post-Retro Studios. We want to thank Sonny for taking the time to share these memories with us, and we hope you will enjoy reading them!
Today marks fifteen years since the release of Metroid Prime in Europe. I wanted to take the opportunity to mark the occasion by sharing my own personal memories of the game in a new written feature for Shinesparkers. If you’re willing to hear me ramble on about how much I appreciate this game, you can find a link to it below. I am sure you have your own memories of the game, and I would love to hear them! So be sure to send them to us on social media via our Twitter and Facebook pages!
With Metroid Prime 4 on the horizon in the next year or two, the Shinesparkers team got together to share their hopes for Metroid Prime 4. The feature covers thoughts on story and world building, tone and atmosphere, gameplay, music and sound design, a potential multiplayer feature and general expectations about the game. We hope you enjoy it!
Our first Community Spotlight of March 2018 is now available! This one focuses on the historic Metroid sprite comic Planet Zebeth, which was first created back in 2002 and focuses on the character of Kabutroid and other unique individuals. It’s an important creation within the Metroid fan community and worthy of a feature here on Shinesparkers.