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!

Get Metroid: Samus Returns Cheap In The E3 2018 eShop Sale (North America)

Nintendo is currently running a sale on the North American eShop where you can purchase select titles at up to 50% off. The award-winning Metroid: Samus Returns is currently 30% off at $27.99 (was $39.99) on 3DS until June 21st, 2018. If you haven’t had an opportunity to play the latest Metroid title yet, this is a great opportunity to save some money!

Be sure to check out our reviews of Metroid: Samus Returns below!

Metroid: Samus Returns review by Darren

Metroid: Samus Returns review by Deceptimike

Reggie states Metroid Prime 4’s absence from E3 was to not tease fans

Reggie Fils-Aimé spoke with Polygon regarding why Nintendo had decided to skip on Metroid Prime 4 at this years E3 presentation.

“We believe it is not fair to the fan to repeatedly tease them (fans) over time about a game. That’s why we tend to focus close in, typically in a six- to nine-month timeframe, and go deep in sharing content and information on a particular piece of content. But right now, for something that’s not launching in 2018, it just wasn’t the right time.”

Fans will likely have to wait until E3 2019 for any new information, unless Nintendo decides to showcase it in a future Direct. Either way, it’s evident that we are all a long way from seeing the game in any capacity.

Source: Polygon

Metroid Prime 4 Skips E3 2018

Nintendo has confirmed that Metroid Prime 4 will not be shown at this years Electronic Entertainment Expo. Speaking with Game Informer, senior product marketing manager for Nintendo America Bill Trinen and localization manager Nate Bihldorff confirmed that the game was still in development and that it will not be featured at this year.

Last year was the first year for Switch at E3, so we took a bit of a departure from our usual approach to E3, which is to focus on more near-term stuff. Last year, because it was the first year for the hardware, we looked at things that were maybe a little further out. This year, you can see pretty clearly, we’re back to focusing on the near-term. We’ll have more to share with Metroid Prime 4 when we have something we think is going to wow people.

Source: Game Informer

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate confirmed

The next game in the Super Smash Bros. series has officially been revealed! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate includes the return of every character who has ever appeared in the series history, including the Ice Climbers, Snake, Pichu and Young Link, and adding in the Inklings from Splatoon! This of course includes Samus and Zero Suit Samus. Samus’s Charge Shot can now be charged and cancelled in midair.


  • Zero Suit Samus’s Final Smash has changed again! Now she stands atop her Gunship wearing her Power Suit, and fires the Zero Laser downward.
  • The Metroid is back as an Assist Trophy!
  • The Frigate Orpheon is back as a stage after being cut from Super Smash Bros. 4!
  • A brand new version of the Brinstar Depths theme will be available

Community Spotlight: Dan Root (Animator)

In our eleventh Community Spotlight of the year, we are delighted to share one on Dan Root, a professional animator and illustrator who runs a mini-series of Metroid videos on his YouTube channel called The Atmosphere of Metroid which delves into the atmosphere of the games to create isolation, fear and foreboding. It’s pretty awesome, and we highly suggest you check out Dan’s work and support him by supporting him on Patreon and subscribing to his channel on YouTube.

Check out the Community Spotlight here

Interview: Clark Wen (Audio Lead, Metroid Prime 1/2)

We are delighted to publish a brand new interview on Shinesparkers with Clark Wen, former Audio Lead on Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes at Retro Studios. Clark was responsible for managing all things related to sound and music, and worked closely with Shigeru Miyamoto, and composers Kenji Yamamoto and Minako Hamano. The interview also touches on the early days of Metroid Prime before a composer was in place, the subject of voice acting in Metroid Prime and what it was like to work for Retro Studios. We want to take the opportunity to thank Clark for taking the time to speak with us, and we wish him the very best of luck in all of his endeavors.

Click here to read the interview