The product certificates, or CPSIA certificates for both the Samus and Metroid amiibo for Metroid: Samus Returns have been released. They show that production of the Samus and Metroid figures took place this past June and July. Hopefully, Nintendo will have learned from past mistakes and the two month production cycle means that there will be plenty of the Samus and Metroid amiibo for us to play with come September 15th.
In just a few short weeks, PAX West will commence in Seattle, Washington. Spanning from September 1st to September 4th, a variety of panels will be hosted that detail topics ranging from gaming history to notable companies talking about upcoming games.
Speaking of notable companies, it appears as if Nintendo is scheduled to host a special panel in which they are recording their next Nintendo Minute live from the event. The recording will take place in the Hydra Theatre on September 2nd from 10am until 11am Pacific Daylight Time. What’s particularly interesting about this Nintendo Minute is that the description mentions new gameplay for Metroid: Samus Returns being showcased.
The panel description is featured below.
Talking Metroid: Samus Returns – Nintendo Minute Live at PAX West
Join us for a live filming of Nintendo Minute! We’ll be taking a look at new game play for Metroid: Samus Returns, showing off some amazing fan art submitted by you and giving away some cool Metroid goodies. Hope to see you there! – Kit & Krysta
They also mention showing off fan art and giving away Metroid goodies, so if you’re available that Saturday, you may want to give it a watch!
The opening of Metroid: Samus Returns has some pretty awesome artwork depicting the story of Samus’ first adventure from the original NES title (and its remake, Metroid: Zero Mission). It serves the purpose of introducing players new to Metroid to the character of Samus Aran, the Space Pirates, Mother Brain, and the Metroids. The artwork its stylised like an American comic book and promises to look fantastic when players utilise the 3D slider on their 3DS systems.
You can view the opening artwork from the game below:
PixelQuemado have released their second video game compilation album, focusing entirely on Super Metroid. Their first album was a collection of remixes from various different games, such as Super Mario, Doom and Metroid too, but this is their first fully dedicated effort.
Artists such as YZYX, ThePlasmas, Pokérus, and more, bring us a 17 track tribute produced over several months. It is available for download here where you can name your own price for the album. You can also watch a preview video sampling some of the tracks in the album.
Musical group Pixel Mixers have just released a Metroid tribute album called Huntress. The free non-profit album contains thirty tracks from the classic 2D Metroid games and features over an hour and half of music.
The group originated from a community called Gametabs where Project Director Hashel organised video game covers and tribute albums. Eighteen months ago, Hashel branched off and created his own community with the aim of supporting and growing together as musicians. With the support of Ro Panuganti and the VGCover community on Reddit, Pixel Mixers was born! Together they have created several video game focused projects and their community continues to grow.
Huntress was created as the result of a community poll to choose their next album, and Metroid came out on top. While Huntress focuses exclusively on the classic Metroid titles, the group are open to the possibility of creating a Metroid Prime themed album in the future. A trailer for the album can be viewed below, and you can download the album here.
Source: Pixel Mixers
Shinesparkers relaunched almost a week ago with a shiny new look! In an effort to introduce some of our new team members, a few of us gathered together to share our hopes and expectations for the upcoming Metroid: Samus Returns. You can check it out in the new Features page, which we hope to build up over time.
Popular Japanese video game magazine Famitsu has announced its most wanted Nintendo games for the week 27 July – 02 August by its readers. Metroid: Samus Returns has ranked highly in the list, coming in at number four. It has recently surged upwards through the charts from eleventh and ninth in previous weeks.
- Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) – 522
- Pokémon Ultra Sun Moon (3DS) – 385
- Xenoblade 2 (Switch) – 298
- Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS) – 214
- Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey (3DS) – 199
- Fire Emblem Warriors (n3DS) – 182
- Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 (3DS) – 179
- Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch) – 174
- Jake Hunter: Ghost of the Dusk (3DS) – 91
- Next Fire Emblem (Switch) – below 78
Source: Japanese Nintendo
A campaign that originated between Spanish Nintendo fans on YouTube to promote the upcoming Metroid: Samus Returns has taken to social media to promote their cause. Operation Samus Returns is a movement that intends to raise awareness of the franchise and encourage fans to consider playing games in the Metroid series, including the upcoming Metroid: Samus Returns.
The hashtag #OperationSamusReturns has encouraged fans to share their love of Metroid through fan art, gameplay videos and messages of support. The campaign may have been born in the Spanish community, but it has already reached English-speaking websites and communities. It has even been covered in Japanese websites and blogs! On the 31st August 2017, the people behind the movement would like to see people create content to share on platforms such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook with their hashtag to see just how many people have got behind the cause.
Below is a video from Spanish YouTube user Alex White who reached out to English speaking fans for their support. We hear you Alex!
Nintendo of America have announced the return of the Nintendo World Championships, which will be held in a limited capacity. Events will be taking place at eight select Best Buy stores in North America between August 19th and September 10th 2017. Metroid fans who live close to these Best Buy stores and wish to take part in these events may be pleased to hear that they can go hands on with Metroid: Samus Returns!
The eight Best Buy stores participating and the dates to attend are as follows:
610 Exterior St. Bronx, NY 10451
August 19th – 20th on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
181 Curtner Ave. San Jose, CA 95125
August 19th – 20th on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
3675 Pacific Coast Highway Torrance, CA 90505
August 26th – 27th on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
2301 Howard St. Evanston, IL, 60202
August 26th – 27th on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
9378 N. Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75231
September 2nd – 3rd on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
1000 W. 78th St. Richfield, MN, 55423
September 2nd – 3rd on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
4001 W. 20th Ave. Hialeah, FL 33012
September 9th – 10th on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
17364 Southcenter Parkway Tukwila, WA 98188
September 9th – 10th on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
If you’re a My Nintendo member, you will be able to check in using the My Nintendo QR Code at the qualifier events to receive 100 Platinum Points, and if you’re one of the first 200 to check in daily at each location, you will receive a My Nintendo pin badge.
Source: Nintendo of America
Along with the influx of new information for Metroid: Samus Returns we’ve gleaned today, we have also potentially discovered what the fourth and last Aeion Ability is for Samus.
The picture below was featured on Reddit and upon close examination, one can make out the details of the new Aeion Ability.
The ability appears to be called “Phase Drift” and it slows down time for everyone but Samus. This ability seems like it would be quite powerful, especially if it makes the timing for the new melee counter easier to pull off.
The poster on Reddit claims his friend works at a printing job and that’s how they were able to get their hands on a special edition box. Until further information surfaces, it should be taken as a rumor.