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!

Read the feature here

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!

Metroid HQ

Feature: Sammy Hall (Former pre-production artist, Retro Studios)

We are happy to share a feature with our readers today from Sammy Hall, a former pre-production artist on Metroid Prime 3: Corruption who drew concept artwork. In the feature, Sammy recounts his early childhood experiences with Metroid, how they impacted his life and led him to work on video games and joining Retro Studios to be part of the development for Corruption. Sammy also redrew one of his old sketches for us!

Click here to read the feature

Director Jordon Vogt-Roberts Wants To Make a Metroid Movie

Film director Jordon Vogt-Roberts, who directed Kong: Skull Island and The Kings of Summer, divulged his ideas for a Metroid movie in an interview with IGN.

“I have a pitch for a Metroid movie. They’ll never let me. It’s too crazy. It legitimately would be her (Samus) alone. It would be a little bit of her talking to herself. As soon as they introduce other talking characters in those games, to me it loses everything. You put her alone and it’s almost got more to do with the silence of a movie like Drive. Like the quietness. and having it be like a real, intense mood piece, but mixed with sci-fi.”

He also discusses how Super Metroid had an impact on him as a child and helped inspire himself and many other filmmakers who grew up playing video games. Metroid already has plenty in common with the Alien movie series, drawing many inspirations from them. It’s not too unlikely to imagine what a Metroid movie could be with them in mind.

Jordon Vogt-Roberts has recently handed in a script for a Metal Gear Solid movie. It is not yet certain if the film will be made yet and has been in limbo for many years already.

You can watch the interview in its entirety below. Vogt-Roberts starts discussing Metroid at the 10:54 mark.

Source: IGN

Metroid: The Community Speaks (E3 2018)

Shinesparkers recently conducted two surveys before and after this years E3 2018 to gather the thoughts and feelings of fans on topics such as Metroid Prime 4, the inclusion of Ridley in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and what they would like to see from the future of the series. A huge thanks to everyone who took the time to fill them out!

You can check out the feature here

All Alternate Costumes for Samus and Ridley in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was recently shown during a special Nintendo Direct for E3 2018, announcing that Ridley would be a playable character for the first time in the series. We now have a better look at the alternate costumes for both Ridley and Samus thanks to Nintendo Wire, who attended the Los Angeles Convention Center and went hands-on with the game.


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will launch on Nintendo Switch on December 7th, 2018!