Shinesparkers is a Metroid fan community dedicated to bringing its fans up-to-date Metroid news and exclusive content, such as Harmony of a Hunter. It highlights the creativity of Metroid fans from across the world by showcasing their work to our audience. We often collaborate with the wider Metroid community and support their endeavours to ensure that the Metroid fan community is the very best it can be. Shinesparkers aims to be the first multilingual Metroid fan website, with content translated into multiple languages in an effort to reach out to an expanded audience.
Shinesparkers was started in 2009 by a group of four Metroid fans: Darren Kerwin, Conor Godfrey, Ben Stewart, and Owen Chapman, who wanted an opportunity to discuss their love for the Metroid franchise and Nintendo news. The podcast was originally called Hyperbeam but was later changed to Shinesparkers. Unfortunately, the podcast didn’t take off, and after just a single episode, it was dropped.
On the 17th of May 2009, Shinesparkers transitioned from failed podcast to the saviour of a Nintendo-centric web community known as Nintendo Online, run solely by Darren. It continued to function as a community for Nintendo Online for almost a year before a more permanent home was secured in the form of The Joypads. While continuing to support it, Darren had already begun work on the next chapter in the Shinesparkers story.
With the launch of a brand new Metroid title on the horizon, it was just the right time for a new face to step into the Metroid fan community. In June 2010, work began on the new Shinesparkers, a dedicated Metroid website and community offering up-to-date news and exclusive content. Ben Stewart returned to Shinesparkers to provide the visuals, while Wavehack kindly offered to host the website and provide behind-the-scenes support. Darren focused hard on the overall vision and direction of the website, providing the content and reaching out to the community to bring Shinesparkers to life. With everyone working to their strengths, the website eventually launched on the 31st of August 2010 and quickly became among the fastest-growing and most reliable Metroid communities online.
Shinesparkers conducted interviews with several notable names from the Metroid franchise and highlighted projects from the creative talents within the fan community. It also focused on its own original content in the form of fan-arrangement albums called Harmony of a Hunter to mark the 25th Anniversary of Metroid. The albums were a massive success and pushed Shinesparkers above and beyond what was ever expected. Two further albums were released in 2014 called Harmony of Heroes, which focused on the Super Smash Bros franchise.
By the end of 2014 it was clear that there wasn’t a great deal of Metroid content to share. Shinesparkers began to expand into covering gaming events from a Nintendo angle and attempted to keep the website alive with regular news thanks to Renan “Naner” Greca. By July 2015, the Shinesparkers community had exhausted itself, and the website became dormant. Shinesparkers continued to support the various creative efforts of the community, such as the MetroidHQthon, which raised thousands of dollars for charity, and was responsible for helping the Metroid fan film “The Sky Calls” obtain enough votes to go into production. Darren continued to work hard within the Metroid community to promote the 30th anniversary of Metroid throughout its anniversary year.
In June 2017, Nintendo announced that it was working on two brand-new Metroid games. Metroid: Samus Returns is the first 2D Metroid title in thirteen years, and Metroid Prime 4 is the first major 3D title in over a decade. With a resurgence brewing within the Metroid community, it was time for Shinesparkers to return with a fresh look, an expanded team, and a radical perspective for what a fan website should be in the modern day.
The journey continues…
The creator of Shinesparkers! Darren is responsible for managing the website and community and supports the team to ensure the smooth-running of the website. His favourite Metroid game is Metroid Prime.
Deceptimike is responsible for writing up news articles on the website! His favourite Metroid game is Super Metroid.
Content Writer / German Translation
Dennis is responsible for some of the written content around the website, such as the games pages. He is also our German translator, ensuring that our German readers can experience our content. His favourite Metroid game is Super Metroid.
Komodo Zero is a Content Writer for Shinesparkers, who will be often seen writing up news and other content around the website. His favourite Metroid game is Super Metroid.
RoyboyX is one of our Content Writers for Shinesparkers. His favourite Metroid game is Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
Darts is responsible for the French translation on Shinesparkers and to reach out to our French readers. His favourite Metroid game is Metroid Fusion.
Glaedrax’s role is to provide French translations for Shinesparkers. His favourite Metroid game is Super Metroid.
Giulio is responsible for the Italian translation of Shinesparkers. His favourite Metroid game is Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.
Marcel is our Spanish translator! He is responsible for engaging our to our Spanish audience. His favourite Metroid game is Metroid: Zero Mission.
FastLizard4 has a major role in ensuring our website is working as it should. His favourite Metroid game is Super Metroid.
Bearborg provides graphics for the website plus additional support where required. His favorite Metroid game is Metroid Prime.
Ben (Graphics) – 2010-2011, 2017
Rozen (Web Development Support) 2017
Samantha Jackson (Graphics) 2012
Wavehack (Hosting, Web Development Support) 2010 – 2016
Renan Greca (Content)
FastLizard4 (Forum Moderator)
Gene Kohler – Interview & Metroid 25th Anniversary tribute video
Lee Garasich – Interview (Community Spotlight)
Timothy Miller – Interview
Grant Henry – Interview (Community Spotlight)
Mike Sneath – Interview
Jessica Martin – Video tributes
Saturday Sazaran – Comic artist (Metroid: The Justin Bailey Adventures)
Nate Bihldorff – Interview
Thaís Jussim (Yuki) – Interview (Community Spotlight)
Yosuke Hayashi – Metroid 25th Anniversary tribute video
Tommy Talarico – Interview & Metroid 25th Anniversary tribute video
Jeron Moore – Interview
Chad Seiter – Interview
Daisuke Amaya – Metroid 25th Anniversary tribute video
Jeff Skalski – Metroid 25th Anniversary tribute video
Video Game Music Choir – Metroid 25th Anniversary tribute video
Chozoboy – Interview (Community Spotlight)
Christian Cardona – Interview (Community Spotlight)
Kent King – Interview (Community Spotlight)
Rebecca Marshall – Interview (Community Spotlight)
Michael Underlin – Interview (Community Spotlight)
Marcus Ross – Interview (Community Spotlight)
Johnny Mello – Interview (Community Spotlight)
Ryan Fitzpatrick- Interview (Community Spotlight)
Andrew Skeet – Interview
Nintex – Beta testing site for launch
Kit Ellis – Nintendo help and support
Andrew Kelly – Nintendo help and support
Falcon Zero – Additional graphics (August 2011 – February 2012)
Tim Hardeman – Additional graphics (February 2012 – July 2012)