WarioWare: Get it Together’s Super Metroid microgame detailed

WarioWare: Get It Together! released last week, and it features a Super Metroid microgame! Simply titled “Super Metroid”, the objective is to get Samus’s Morph Ball off of platforms above the floor, and in front of one of two doors on both sides of the room. It’s a bit like pinball, since you have to break blocks and fire at the Morph Ball to move Samus. Once she lands in front of a door, she unmorphs, shoots it open and leaves the room. Did I mention this needs to be done in eight seconds?

There are three difficulty levels, each making it harder to get Samus to the exit. Level 1 places Samus in northwestern Norfair (where you get the Ice Beam in Super Metroid), Level 2 is set in northern Norfair (the green bubble area) and Level 3 takes place in the Wrecked Ship. The puzzle format is random, so you might get more or less breakable blocks, and some ramped platforms or none at all. You may even need to move the ball into a narrow passageway to get to the door.

You can see screenshots of each level variation below. A special thank you to our team member Leon for these images!

Metroid Dread Vol. 7 released

The latest Metroid Dread Report has been released by Nintendo, a series of articles that offer cool information and details relating to the upcoming title, which is only four weeks away as of today! In this seventh volume, titlted “Secrets of the Chozo” it details information relating to Chozo that inhabit Planet ZDR, shares some history on the Chozo race and their connection to Samus. It also shares some more higher quality images of Chozo Memories first seen in Metroid: Samus Returns. In addition to this, an Overview trailer has been released, and we must warn you: Please be cautious of spoilers

Volume 8 of the Metroid Dread Report will be about “Exploring planet ZDR” with no date given this time for its release. Presumably it will follow a similar release to other reports and be released in around two weeks time, but we will update our readers as it goes live, so stay tuned to our social media accounts and the Shinesparkers website!

Click here to read Metroid Dread Report Volume 7

You can check out the Overview Trailer by clicking here

Click below to catch up on previous Metroid Dread Reports!
Metroid Dread Report Volume 6
Metroid Dread Report Volume 5
Metroid Dread Report Volume 4
Metroid Dread Report Volume 3
Metroid Dread Report Volume 2
Metroid Dread Report Volume 1

Feature: The Significance of Metroid Dread

Metroid Dread is just a few weeks away, and our new feature focuses on why the announcement and release of Metroid Dread is a significant one for a long time fan of the series, and a reason for gamers awaiting their dream games to remain hopeful. As a huge Metroid fan, Dread has been a title I have wanted for almost as long as I have been a Metroid fan. While it was hard to put into words, I attempted to do so, and I hope you will give it a read.

Please be aware that this feature will contain spoilers based on content shared in officially released trailers.

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Feature: Metroid Pricing Guide

Since the announcement of Metroid Dread, many fans have been trying to find ways of playing previous titles in the Metroid franchise. We wanted to do our bit to help make this process a little easier, and have put together a pricing guide where you can check the cost of Metroid titles available from Nintendo’s eShop, and the latest platforms that they are available on. Currently, this price guide includes prices in Canada, Europe, United Kingdom and North America. We will continue to update this over time with help and input from the community, in an effort to help guide people to obtain games by official means.

You can check out the pricing guide feature here

Episode 16 – Metroid’s 35th Anniversary

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Our sixteenth episode of the Shinesparkers Podcast is now available! This episode celebrates the 35th anniversary of Metroid, and the team discuss a range of different fan projects created by the Metroid community to mark Metroid’s milestone birthday. The team also share what they got up to on and around the anniversary. Podcast hosted by Amanda, featuring guests Roy and Leon.

00:22 – Main Topic: Metroid’s 35th Anniversary Celebrations
15:08 – Topic: How the team celebrated Metroid’s 35th
19:05 – Mailbag – Wishing Metroid a happy 35th anniversary
23:04 – Bloopers

Links to the content featured:

Metroid 35th Fanzine by Isabel @Metroid35
Skippy the Bot by DoctorM64
GuilhermeRM’s concept: Tweet 1, Tweet 2, Tweet 3, Tweet 4, Tweet 5 Tweet 6
MHQThon 2021

Metroid Dread Report Vol. 6 released with new trailer

Nintendo have released a sixth volume of their Metroid Dread Reports, which detail information about the game and the characters found in the upcoming title releasing on October 8th 2021. Volume 6 is titled “Dive deep into the new trailer” and goes into detail regarding mysteries in a brand new trailer released alongside the report.

SPOILER WARNING

You can check out Metroid Dread Report Vol. 6 by clicking here

Volume 7 of the Metroid Dread Report will offer “A closer look at the mysterious Chozo” with no date given this time for its release. Presumably it will follow a similar release to other reports and be released in around two weeks time, but we will update our readers as it goes live, so stay tuned to our social media accounts and the Shinesparkers website!

You can catch up on the other Metroid Dread reports on the links below:

Metroid Dread Report Volume 5
Metroid Dread Report Volume 4
Metroid Dread Report Volume 3
Metroid Dread Report Volume 2
Metroid Dread Report Volume 1

Hirokazu Tanaka shares special message to mark 35 years of Metroid

Hirokazu “chip” Tanaka, the composer of the original Metroid, which first released on the Famicom Disk System in 1986, has shared a special message for fans to celebrate the series marking its 35th year. Shinesparkers reached out to ask Mr. Tanaka if he had a message he would like to share to Metroid fans all around the world, and he provided us with a response, which we are happy to be sharing with you today!

I’m surprised that there’s so many fans who love Metroid even after 35 years, and that makes me genuinely happy. I believe that it’s because of that fan support that I am still composing on this day. I’m very grateful – Hirokazu “chip” Tanaka

On behalf of Shinesparkers and the Metroid community, we want to thank Mr. Tanaka for sharing his thoughtful message, and for all his contributions to video games, including Metroid. His compositions continue to be an inspiration for many of us.

Community Spotlight: SynaMax

Our latest Community Spotlight focuses attention on music composer and producer Synamax, who is popular within the community for creating music using authentic samples used within other Metroid titles, and creating new experiences. SynaMax shares his origins of becoming a musician, and his feelings on scoring an animated film, something he has had a long time ambition for. It’s been great to hear a little bit more about his work, and I hope our readers will check out the feature and support his work in the links provided.

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Metroid Dread Vol. 5 released

Nintendo have released a fifth volume of their Metroid Dread reports, which detail information about the game and the characters found in the upcoming title releasing on October 8th 2021. Volume 5 is titled “The powers of Samus” and details the character of Samus, including tragic events occuring in her childhood, information about the sort of person she is, and information about her weapons and abilities. This volume also includes some new footage from Metroid Dread, and a brand new trailer.

The report also confirms that a sixth part will be arriving next week, August 27th 2021, along with a brand new trailer! The focus of volume 6 will be to shed light on new mysteries revealed in the upcoming game trailer.

You can check out Metroid Dread Report Vol. 5 by clicking here

You can catch up on the other Metroid Dread reports on the links below:

Metroid Dread Report Volume 4
Metroid Dread Report Volume 3
Metroid Dread Report Volume 2
Metroid Dread Report Volume 1

Feature: The Galactic Federation

Over the last couple of years, our team member Quadraxis has been researching the various civilizations of the Metroid series, including the Reptilicus, Luminoth, Elysians and Ing. Today, Quaddy has a new feature to share with all of you that focuses on the history of the Galactic Federation. While much remains to be revealed about the galaxy’s governing body, we hope you’ll enjoy discovering the known history of the Galactic Federation in this feature.

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