Interview: Lenka Volfová (Metroid: Other M Commercial)

We are proud to share our latest Shinesparkers interview, this time with Lenka Volfová, the actress who played Samus for the Metroid: Other M Commercial back in 2010! Lenka’s identity remained relatively unknown to the Metroid community for many years, so we are delighted to be able to recognise her work and learn more about her in this interview. We want to thank Lenka for taking the time to speak with us, and for bringing a beloved character to screen in such an awesome way!

Click here to check out the interview

Community Spotlight: Gario

Our first Community Spotlight of 2022 kicks off with musician Gario, a musician who has been creating music for many years, contributing to the OCRemix community, and more notably to our Harmony of a Hunter albums. His two tracks were Eldrich Spore Spawn from Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run in 2012, and Garden of Zebes with our latest album, Harmony of a Hunter Returns. His spotlight marks the fiftieth Community Spotlight since we began highlighting some of the Metroid related talent across the internet!

Be sure to check out the Spotlight here

Metroid manga Samus & Joey gets eBook re-release

Kodansha publishing has announced that the Samus & Joey Metroid manga will be re-released as an eBook manga! It was originally published in Comic BomBom (a monthly Japanese manga magazine) between December 2002 and April 2004, and was written and illustrated by Idzuki Kouji. This release will be part of their Fukkatsu BomBom series (Revival BomBom), and all three volumes of the Samus & Joey manga will be released as a digital eBook. Updates will be given via the official Twitter channel, which links to their website (currently down at the time of publication).

Back in November 2019, we had the pleasure of interviewing Kouji-san about his work on the Samus & Joey manga series, you can check that out here. We are thrilled to see a classic Metroid story get a revival for a new generation of fans to enjoy, and wish to congratulate Kouji-san on its publication.


Feature: End of Year 2021

Our final piece of content for the year is our annual End of Year feature. The team shares their favorite moments from 2021, and the excitement the series brought to them, and what they observed from the community in 2021. Naturally, Metroid Dread took centre stage in this feature, but we were also able to reflect on some of our own published content, including our fan-arrangement album Harmony of a Hunter Returns.

Happy New Year to all our readers, and thank you for your support this year. We look forwards to 2022, and the great content we have planned!

Click here to read our End of Year 2021 feature

Interview: Lawrence Schwedler (Metroid Prime Hunters Composer)

Recently, we had the pleasure of interviewing Lawrence Schwedler, the composer of Metroid Prime Hunters, and for Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt. Lawrence kindly offered many great responses to our questions, and anecdotes from his time working on the two software titles. We don’t want to give too much away, so we urge you to check out the interview in the link below. We are incredibly thankful for the opportunity to learn more about the sounds of Metroid Prime Hunters, and want to thank Lawrence for taking the time out to shae them with us!

You can check out the interview right here

Episode 20 – End of Year 2021

Shinesparkers Metroid Podcast
Shinesparkers Metroid Podcast
Episode 20 - End of Year 2021

Our twentieth episode rounds off the year 2021 by looking back at our content from Shinesparkers published this year, highlighting some of the great features and community spotlights across the website. The podcast also features a special Metroid themed quiz, featuring six contestants from members of the Shinesparkers community!

Please be aware that this episode will contain spoilers from Metroid Dread. This will be our last notice regarding spoilers, so if you wish to avoid them in this episode or in the future, please listen once you’ve played the game.

00:46 – Main topic: Looking back at a year of Shinesparkers content
09:57 – Metroid themed quiz featuring members of the Shinesparkers community
48:00 – Closing comments
49:09 – Bloopers

Special thanks to Shinesparkers community members The Orpheon, Deadweight, Doeboy, TorvusBolt, Metroid Trainer and Metroid35 for taking part in our quiz!

Community Spotlight: Doeboy

Our final Community Spotlight for the year has now been published! This time, we are highlighting a personality within the Metroid community known as Doeboy. He’s a full-time Twitch streamer, content creator, and broadcast producer. Doeboy has had a big presence within the Super Smash Bros. community too, taking part in major tournaments as a Samus main, and organiser of the infamous Smash Bros. “Ultimate Summit”.

A huge thanks to everyone who allowed us to share their work this year. We hope that we were able to share some amazingly talented individuals and help them receive more recognition for their contributions!

Be sure to check out Doeboy’s Community Spotlight here

Metroid Dread wins “Best Spanish Game” at the Huawei 3D Games Awards 2021

Congratulations to Metroid Dread developer MercurySteam for winning the Best Spanish Game Award at the Huawei 3D Games Awards 2021! It managed to win against two other titles: Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX by Jankenteam, and Narita Boy by Studio Koba. Collecting the award was MercurySteam’s Creative Director, Jose Luis Marquez.

You can watch the timestamped stream of the award below, in Spanish.

Feature: The Shadow Federation

Back in August, our team member Quadraxis shared a feature written from research into the Galactic Federation’s past and present history. Today, we are thrilled to share part two of that feature, in which Quadraxis focuses on the “Shadow Federation”. This is his name for the secretive faction within the Federation that were responsible for the illegal bioweapon projects on the Bottle Ship and BSL research station, and possibly the E.M.M.I. too. We hope you’ll enjoy reading about the Federation splinter group.

Click here to check out the feature