Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 approved list features two Metroid games

Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 submissions have now gone live, with the current approved runs publicly available to view. While dates and times for each run haven’t been allocated, the list is already very strong with many respectable runners having already submitted their runs for the weeklong event from January 6th-13th 2019.

Two Metroid games have already been featured in the list. The runs are Metroid Fusion Any% Memory Corruption from CScottyW with a 55 minute estimate, and Super Metroid Reverse Boss Order by ShinyZeni with a 1 hour 20 minute estimate.

Both runs should be highly entertaining, as they are unconventional from the usual fare. Metroid Fusion in particular will be the first time memory corruption will be used for the game at a GDQ, having only recently been made possible outside of tool-assisted speed runs.

This likely won’t be the only showings for Metroid from the event, as submissions have only just gone live. It’s quite likely to expect a Prime game to be shown, as well as the possibility of shenanigans from TASBot. We will update you on any further runs that get approved, as well the final schedule announcement when everything has been arranged.

Source: Games Done Quick

Meta Ridley costume render for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate finally revealed

Source Gaming just came forward with render images for a variety of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate alternate costumes which had been sitting on Nintendo press servers for some time now. After obtaining permission, they revealed multiple designs that we’ve known about before, and one entirely new costume (Yoshi’s Crafted World styled Yoshi), but hadn’t had the full renders released until now.

The Meta Ridley costume was featured in his reveal trailer from E3 but was absent from use in the demos we’ve seen so far, so it’s a delight to be able to see it in full at last.

Source: Source Gaming via Twitter

Feature: How Metroid Fusion Taught me the Importance of Self Worth

We have published a brand new feature to the website. Our team member Amanda VanHiel shares her story on how Metroid Fusion taught her the importance of self worth, a sad story where Metroid plays a key role in helping her see through a challenging time in her life. We hope you’ll check it out in our Features section, or by clicking the link below.

A huge thank you to Amanda for sharing her first feature with us. We look forward to more from her in the future!

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Metroid confirmed to be playable through Nintendo Switch Online

There’s been one Metroid-related announcement in today’s Nintendo Direct – the original Metroid game will be one of the titles available to play through Nintendo Switch Online, which launches Sept. 18 (next Tuesday). There’s no word so far on whether it will be one of the games with new online co-op functionality, but we’ll keep you posted! We’ll also let you know about any more Metroid announcements, if there are any, in the Direct.

Source: Nintendo Direct

Community Spotlight: Robin Lindahl (Cradle of Toys)

Today we are thrilled to be sharing yet another addition to our Community Spotlights. This time we are featuring Robin Lindahl, otherwise known as Cradle of Toys. Robin’s creations include a selection of Metroid characters created from Lego, including Samus Aran, Ridley and Kraid. Robin puts these models together and then photographs them for his Instagram page, which you can find a link to in the feature!

Our Community Spotlight features continue to grow, and we continue to be amazed at the creativity within this amazing community. We hope to continue to highlight even more in the future!

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Sega’s Toshihiro Nagoshi wanted to make a Metroid game

The chief creative officer of Sega, Toshihiro Nagoshi, was recently interviewed by Edge magazine about his career at Sega and creating games like Super Monkey Ball and F-Zero GX. At one point, Nagoshi mentions that before developing F-Zero GX, Sega had made a few proposals for games using Nintendo IP. One of these was Metroid! Apparently, the proposal was rejected or went nowhere. Nagoshi added that he was more confident in making a driving game, hence F-Zero GX:

I really liked the Super Famicom game [F-Zero], and while we made a few proposals – Metroid for instance, and others – I was most confident in making a driving game because of my experience in the genre, though I’d never make a sci-fi one.

There you have it folks. We could’ve had a Metroid game developed by Sega. Maybe in the future they’ll get their chance.

Source: GoNintendo

Dark Samus and Brinstar Depths stage confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!

During today’s Nintendo Direct, Dark Samus was confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable fighter! She will be an Echo Fighter, or clone of Samus, with a few key differences. We suspected she could be after she was missing from the Assist Trophy showcase at E3. This marks an unprecedented total of four Metroid characters in Super Smash Bros.!

In related news, Brinstar Depths has been confirmed to return as a stage for the first time since Super Smash Bros. Melee, and more Metroid music will be included. All returning Metroid songs can now be played on any related stage (Brinstar, Brinstar Depths, Norfair, Frigate Orpheon) as well. More information as it develops.

On top of this, Nintendo of Europe’s Twitter says that Dark Samus will be getting an amiibo! When it will come isn’t known as of yet, but we’re very excited! Check out her gorgeous render and character showcase video below.

Metroid: 32 Years On Feature

Today marks the thirty-second anniversary of the Metroid franchise! To mark this historic occasion, we have put together a brand new feature, which include comments from the team and members of the Metroid community with messages about their time with the franchise and what it means to them. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this, and to Nintendo, who made our favourite video game franchise so special over the years!

Happy Birthday Metroid!

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Metroid discovered in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze four years after its release

A rumored Metroid cameo in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has finally been discovered, four years after the game was first released. It is found underwater in level 4-3, Amiss Abyss.

To see it, you’ll need more than one heart. Pass the first signpost in the underwater section, and the giant statue that lights up, and continue to the end of the trench. Turn around and go back towards the statue (you’ll take damage from anenome), and hang out near the signpost. The Metroid will then appear. Pretty cool! This works in both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch versions of the game.

It turns out that the cameo was created by Matt Manchester, an environment artist for Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, who was delighted to see it found:

You can see the cameo in action at the links below.

Source: Shane Marchis/GameXplain/Nintendo Everything/Game Informer

MHQthon 2018 gets underway tomorrow

Every year, Elias Thompson and friends from Metroid Headquarters to hold MHQthon, a charity livestream. Elias and friends will get underway tomorrow, August 3rd at noon PST (5pm EST and 10am BST) with a run of Metroid: Zero Mission by Gendreavus. This will be the first MHQthon where Metroid: Samus Returns is played. As always, the stream is to raise money for Child’s Play Charity, a great cause that benefits children in pediatric hospitals by improving their quality of life. You can access the stream and see the schedule below. Spread the word, and be sure to donate if you can!

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