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 endeavors to ensure 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 Metroid fans 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 savior of a Nintendo-centric web community known as Nintendo Online, run solely by Darren Kerwin. 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. 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 the team 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, and the only active Metroid community in Europe.
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, and the latest album in the series was released in 2017 called Harmony of a Champion, which is a story-driven tribute to the music of Pokémon Red and Green.
By the end of 2014, it was clear 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 they were 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. He also supports the team to ensure the smooth-running of the website. His favorite Metroid game is Metroid Prime.
RoyboyX is one of our Content Writers for Shinesparkers. His favorite Metroid game is Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
Komodo Zero is a Content Writer for Shinesparkers, who will be often seen writing up news and other content around the website. His favorite Metroid game is Super Metroid.
Glaedrax’s role is to provide French translations for Shinesparkers. His favorite Metroid game is Super Metroid.
Darts is responsible for the French translation on Shinesparkers and reaching out to our French readers. His favorite Metroid game is Metroid Fusion.
Amanda is a content writer for Shinesparkers and her favourite Metroid game is Metroid Fusion.
Mr. Mendelli provides graphics for Shinesparkers. His favorite Metroid game is Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
Quadraxis is one of our content writers. His favorite Metroid game is Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.
Renan is a content writer for Shinesparkers and has provided support for the community since the early days of its creation. His favourite Metroid game is Metroid: Zero Mission
Samusoidal provides additional support to the team to provide graphics, such as the cool headers and visuals you see around the website. His favourite Metroid game is Metroid II: Return of Samus
Benjamin Stewart (Graphics) – 2010-2011, 2017-2018
Rozen (Web Development Support) – 2017
Samantha Jackson (Graphics) – 2012
Wavehack (Hosting, Web Development Support) – 2010 – 2016
Renan Greca (Content) – 2010 – 2015
FastLizard4 (Forum Moderator, Webmaster) – 2010 – 2018
Giulio Bruschini (Italian Translation) – 2017 – 2018
Deceptimike (Content) 2018
Dennis (Content) – 2018
Bearborg (Graphics) – 2018
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 Tallarico – 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
Sam Dillard – Community Spotlight
Jack Mathews – Interview
Joe Heasman – Community Spotlight
The Orpheon – Community Spotlight
Torby Brand – Community Spotlight
Katielynne Harder (Kabutroid) – Community Spotlight
Sonny Santa Maria – Feature
Neal Anderson – Community Spotlight
Christopher Hill (Behemoth87) – Community Spotlight
Gioia Marzullo – Community Spotlight
Pennaz91 – Community Spotlight
Sebastian Mårtensson – Community Spotlight
Clark Wen – Interview
Dan Root – Community Spotlight
Sammy Hall – Feature
Robin Lindahl – Community Spotlight
David Lakin – Community Spotlight
Boid – Community Spotlight
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)