AGDQ 2018 begins January 7 and features two Metroid speedruns

2018 is finally here and what better way to usher in the new year than with an Awesome Games Done Quick marathon? Beginning January 7 and spanning an entire week, this year’s AGDQ is stacked with amazing games, including two from our beloved Metroid franchise.

Games Done Quick is a series of video game marathons where speedrunners from around the world gather to showcase their skills while accepting donations for several charities, such as Doctors Without Borders and the Prevent Cancer Foundation. As of this writing, they’ve raised a staggering $12 million for charity and are the largest fundraising event for both of the previously mentioned organizations.

This year, AGDQ features two Metroid games in its lineup and are as follows:

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Any%  Normal by Claris – Tuesday, January 9 at 1:10 p.m. (EST)

Metroid All Bosses Warpless by MetroidMcFly – Wednesday, January 10 at 1:22 p.m. (EST)

Keep in mind these are roughly estimated times and depending on other runs, may be pushed back or even ahead a couple of hours. If you’d like to ensure you’re able to watch one of the Metroid runs, AGDQ has a handy schedule you can consult. The schedule even converts the start and end times of each run to your local time when you access it!

If you’ve never seen a Metroid speedrun before, I guarantee watching one of these will be worth your time! If you’d like to learn more about the event, you can visit their homepage or you can watch the marathon live.

Last Chance for First 4 Figures Varia Suit Samus Statue

First 4 Figures Varia Suit Samus statue is on its last few days for order. The cut off date for pre-orders is January 1st 2018, so there is not much time left to grab one.

Based on the Varia Suit from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, the statue was initially revealed May 2016, so a number of key revisions have been made since then. The statue comes in two varieties, a standard model for $449.99, plus shipping and handling, as well as an exclusive edition with LED lights only available directly from First 4 Figures, worth $489.99, plus shipping and handling too.

Pre-orders for either statue ends on January 1st 2018 at 9AM PT / 12PM ET, so don’t miss your chance if you are interested.

It doesn’t end there though. First 4 Figures teased an update for the Meta Ridley statue initially shown off December 2016. As it currently stands, there is no further announcements regarding it.

“Metroid Prime for Wii” slated to come to Nvidia Shield in China

Nvidia’s console, the Nvidia Shield, is normally compatible with PC and mobile games. However, it has been confirmed that the Shield will receive support for Wii and GameCube titles on its launch in China. Nintendo has partnered with Nvidia and iQiyi (a Chinese video platform) to re-release some of the Wii’s best titles on Nvidia Shield, such as New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Punch-Out!! and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, with more coming in the future.

What does this mean for Metroid, you ask? Well, Daniel Ahmad, the analyst who first reported the partnership, added: “It is said that Metroid Prime for Wii will also come to the system in the future.” He was not clear on whether this refers to the Metroid Prime Trilogy compilation of all three games in the series, or Metroid Prime alone. We’ll find out as time goes on.

Source: Daniel Ahmad

Metroid Prime: Federation Force artist confirms Sylux is in the ending

Metroid Prime 4 is in rapid development for Nintendo Switch, and speculation is rampant about the role that Samus’s rival Bounty Hunter Sylux is to play in the game. Prime series producer Kensuke Tanabe previously confirmed rumors that Sylux was the pilot of the ship following Samus at the end of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and now, we can confirm another rumor about Sylux: he did in fact make an appearance at the end of Metroid Prime: Federation Force as well.

I recently discovered the ArtStation profile of Logan Foster, a contract environment and prop artist for the game. He says he designed the ending scene, and flat out confirmed that the character in that scene is Sylux. He also confirms that the scene is set on a Federation research station. It was one of the first things he designed for the game. You can see the ArtStation post for yourself below, but in case it is removed at Nintendo’s request, it has been archived over on Wikitroid.

Source: ArtStation

Metroid: Samus Returns History Modules are out now

Nintendo has released two new trailers for Metroid: Samus Returns in the form of video transmissions detailing the history of both Samus and SR388. Despite the game having come out two months ago, it’s still exciting to see a bit more of the lore explained. The trailers could also bring in some new players for the holiday season. The first trailer features gameplay clips from Metroid: Zero Mission, Samus ReturnsSuper Metroid and Metroid Fusion. The SR388 “module” is unlisted, but accessible by clicking on a link at the end of the Samus module. They also provide a name for the “Spiderspark” technique that some of you may have discovered in the game – it’s called the Spider Boost.

The SR388 Data File says that Samus Returns takes place less than a year after Zero Mission, which is slightly inconsistent with the Metroid Prime Trilogy art booklet (which said that Prime takes place 3 years after Zero Mission). It also suggests that the Metroids were recently discovered on SR388, when previous media has always said they were first discovered there. The trailer also suggests that Aeion is linked to the Chozo.

You can watch the trailers below.

Universe Trailer/SR388 Data File

Wikitroid aims to become independent and needs your help!

Whether you realize it or not, if you’ve ever searched for Metroid information within the past decade, chances are you’ve stumbled upon Wikitroid. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit if you’re looking for anything Metroid-related. And now it needs your help.

Basically, Wikitroid is hosted by Wikia, arguably the biggest and most renowned public wiki host. Although Wikia hosts Wikitroid for free, administrators and editors don’t have control over the wiki configuration, stifling Wikitroid technically. Wikia’s ad-riddled pages make things difficult from a design perspective as well. As such, they are exploring the possibility of “forking” and creating their own independently hosted version of the site.

Doing so would give Wikitroid free reign over the content and software they use, but they would have to pay for everything out of their own pockets. This is where we come in. Wikitroid aims to start a Patreon (or something similar) and estimate the monthly operating costs to be between $150-$300 (USD).

If you are willing to support them in this endeavor and are relatively certain you have the ability to contribute financially, you can complete a survey to help give them an estimate of what to expect from donors. Keep in mind the survey is non-binding and confidential, so it’s not like your answers lock you into anything.

I’ve also posted an FAQ FastLizard4 (a Wikitroid administrator and Wikipedia editor) compiled about the situation below.

FAQs

Q: What will you use the money you earn via Patreon (or otherwise) for?
A: At this time, our aim is solely to recoup operating costs with donations. Any excess will be saved for this purpose only. If it becomes necessary to have paid staff, donors will be consulted first, and this will be limited to system administration and technical support positions; all wiki editing activities and editorial control will forever remain strictly volunteer activities (similar to how the Wikimedia Foundation handles donations for Wikipedia).

Q: Will I get anything for donating?
A: We do plan to offer Patreon perks (or some equivalent), but they will be purely cosmetic, and we mean it. You might get some special flair next to your username on the wiki, or maybe access to a private section of our Discord server, but that’s it. Donors will not be offered any additional editorial control or any advanced user permissions (like administrator), and they will still be subject to the same policies and rules as every other editor, donors or otherwise. But you will get the satisfaction of helping out a great resource for one of the best videogame franchises of all time, and our eternal gratitude! The Baby would be proud!

Q: Who will be running the servers?
Well, me. I’ve been a Wikitroid administrator and Wikipedia editor for over a decade now, and I already have experience hosting several MediaWiki installations and administering my own little network of servers. I also work as a software engineer and a system administrator professionally.

Q: “Fork”? Why do you keep using that word?
A: Wikitroid is a freely-licensed resource, and we are committed to being freely-licensed forever – this means that you can take Wikitroid’s content and reuse, repost, adapt, and do basically whatever you please with our content as long as you properly attribute Wikitroid as the source and make your adaptaions also available under a free license (specifically, we use a license called CC-BY-SA 3.0). Because of this though, and some aspects of Wikia’s Terms of Service and operating history, we most likely will not be able to “shut down” the old version of Wikitroid that remains on Wikia after we move. Instead, it will be renamed, but will otherwise continue to exist as a separate entity from Wikitroid. Hence, we’re not technically “moving” Wikitroid, but “forking” it. What actually would move is our administrators and editors, who would instead dedicate their time to the new independent Wikitroid instead of the old wiki left behind on Wikia. This does mean that we’d have to fight the Wikia version of the wiki for popularity (and search result rankings), but this is one of the ways you could support an independent Wikitroid non-monetarily – by linking to us instead of the old Wikia version, for example.

Q: Have you considered using a different wiki host (e.g., Gamepedia)?
A: Yes, and the various options here all remain on the table should we not be able to fund becoming self-hosted. But, given that the amount of effort required to perform the fork itself is the same no matter where we move, we might as well go full bore and be totally independent, if at all possible.

Q: What happens if this brilliant scheme fails? (Or people stop supporting the site, etc.)
A: As mentioned above, being a freely licensed resource, Wikitroid’s content is and will forever be available for anyone to copy and download. In a reasonably-good-case scenario, if something goes wrong, we can always move to a free wiki host like Gamepedia, but to hedge against a worst case scenario, we plan to make regular full database dumps of our content available to be downloaded publicly (as one can do on both Wikia and Wikipedia); the dumps would contain the full text and history of all articles on Wikitroid, and would be enough for someone to bring the site back from the dead should the worst happen.

Q: Assuming all goes well, what’s the timeframe of this fork?
A: This depends on both how much support we have for the move (both monetary and non-monetary), as well as my own free time. Performing the initial setup of the servers and other infrastructure and forking Wikitroid itself would be the most difficult and time-consuming part; once everything is up and running, regular maintenance is comparatively easy and boring. But, ideally, we would be able to get this process started in the form of an official community vote on the wiki within the next couple of months, and from there a couple more months to do all the necessary background work. No promises, though!

If you’d like to know more or become directly involved, you can visit the Reddit post and join Wikitroid’s Discord server.

Samus Returns nominated “Best Handheld Game” for The Game Awards 2017

2017 was an amazing year for Metroid fans and it looks like it could get even better. Geoff Keighley, host of The Game Awards, has revealed the nominees for each category of the show, with Samus Returns being a contender for “Best Handheld Game.”

Samus Returns has the nomination, so now it’s time for us to do our part. For those not familiar with The Game Awards, you can go to their website and vote for your favorite nominees. As such, I highly suggest you visit the awards page and cast your vote for the games you think deserve to win. For reference, Samus Returns is competing against Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World, Monster Hunter Stories, Ever Oasis, and Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia.

Geoff Keighley also released a video announcing the nominees, which you can view in its entirety below.

The Game Awards will be live on December 7 to declare the winners. With any luck, Samus Returns will walk away with the gold!

Nintendo Canada Rep states Federation Force was “A great package” but got bad rep

EP Network had an opportunity to speak with Nintendo of Canada communications manager Andrew Collins regarding Metroid Prime: Federation Force and the reputation it got from the public.

It was a great package. You had Blast Ball, which was this really interesting 3-player, sci-fi football. Then you also had Federation Force, a separate game itself which was this 4-player bounty hunter game, and it’s a shame because… because it didn’t feature Samus, fans were very very critical. Samus appears a tiny bit much later into the game. And so because of that, it was seen ‘we don’t want this version, get rid of it, and give us the one that we want.’ And it’s unfortunate for Federation Force because it got a bad rap, it wasn’t the game which people felt it was.

EP Network produced a Nintendo sponsored documentary on the Metroid series featuring Collins’ thoughts on the game late last month.

Source: EP Network