Super Metroid Easter Egg Comes to Light after 11 years

A rather heartwarming easter egg in Super Metroid has come forward after many years of obscurity from a 2007 Japanese interview with Yasuhiko Fujii, featured in the book “Game Shukonin Vol. 1”. While not necessarily new information, this little detail has remained relatively unknown to fans who don’t know Japanese.

As covered in a translation by Shmupulations, Yasuhiko tells us of a love gesture to his then-girlfriend hidden in movement patterns of certain enemies prior to fighting Draygon:

“Actually, before the fight with Draygon, the boss of Maridia, there’s a group of Evir enemies that do a little “dance”. Their movements actually trace out the letters of a phrase in English, “Keiko Love”! Keiko was the name of a girl I was dating at the time. I was busy with work all the time and couldn’t see her much, so at night while everyone at the office sleeping, I stole a moment and snuck that code in!

That little Evir dance wasn’t written in the planning documents anywhere, so I remember my heart beating fast as I coded it, with the worry of it being discovered… but in the end, no one ever found it out. Now isn’t that a romantic story? (laughs)”

This is a sweet little secret hidden in the game shows that there are always things developers leave behind in all manner of little nooks and crannies in a game’s code. For all we know the secrets might not end there for Super Metroid.

The interview also covers several other details about Super Metroid’s development, as well as other games Yasuhiko Fujii had worked at his time with Intelligent Systems.

Source: Shmupulations

All Metroid songs in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate appear to have been leaked

Ahead of the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2 weeks from today!), the full list of songs in the game appears to have been leaked. The list names 25 Metroid themes by their filenames, which would seem to include every theme featured in Smash up to this point, although the Parasite Queen theme from Metroid Prime appears to have been replaced with the new remix, which you can hear in Dark Samus’s showcase video. A list of the themes and their internal filenames is below.

1.678.320 d01_mr_maintheme.lopus – Main Theme (Metroid)

1.817.696 d02_mr_norfair.lopus – Norfair

1.687.992 d03_mr_ending.lopus – Ending (Metroid)

849.504 d04_smr_vsridley.lopus – Vs. Ridley [Brawl version]

1.281.272 d05_smr_samusarannotheme.lopus – Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior

1.390.392 d06_fsn_sector1.lopus – Sector 1

2.525.984 d07_prm_opnening_menu.lopus – Metroid Prime: Opening/Menu

813.296 d09_prm_vsmetaridley.lopus – Vs. Meta Ridley

2.086.528 d10_prm2_multiplay.lopus – Multiplayer (Metroid Prime 2: Echoes)

1.379.480 d11_mr_title.lopus – Title (Metroid)

1.774.296 d12_mr_dasshutu.lopus – Escape [dasshutu, or dassyutu, is Japanese for escape]

886.208 d13_pht_psychobits.lopus – Psycho Bits

1.105.440 d14_otm_yougangyobattle.lopus – Lockdown Battle Theme

751.048 d15_otm_hanyoutojikomebattle.lopus – The Burning Lava Fish

1.418.168 d16_otm_ridleybattle.lopus – Nemesis Ridley

1.730.896 d17_prm_vsparasitequeen.lopus – Vs. Parasite Queen [new remix]

1.863.576 d18_smr_vsridley.lopus – Vs. Ridley [new remix]

1.710.808 d19_mr_brinstarshinbu.lopus – Brinstar Depths [new remix]

1.445.944 d20_pff_splashscreen.lopus – Splash Screen [new song from Federation Force]

1.026.328 d21_srt_result.lopus – Results [new song from Samus Returns]

1.636.904 d22_srt_areabgmnettai.lopus – Area 1 – 5 Torrid Zone [new song from Samus Returns]

1.126.024 d23_srt_zetametroid.lopus – Boss Battle 4 [new song from Samus Returns]

Additionally, it appears as though the remixes of Brinstar and Brinstar Depths from Melee, and the Planet Zebes theme from the first Smash Bros. on N64 are coming back as well. Songs from Brawl, Smash 4 and Ultimate are grouped into one section in the game’s internal files, while Melee and N64 Smash songs are grouped separately. If this leak is true, this will be the first time that the Planet Zebes theme has been heard in Smash in 19 years. You’ll be able to listen to the full lineup of Metroid music when Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is released on December 7th.

Source: Pastebin

Feature: A Very Metroid Thanksgiving

Today on Thanksgiving, we have a new feature to share with our readers! While only three of our staff celebrate Thanksgiving where they are in the world (including yours truly), we still wanted to mark the occasion by sharing why we are thankful for Metroid! We also asked the Metroid community earlier this month to chime in on Twitter with why they were thankful for the series. Samus and her adventures mean a great deal to us, as we’re sure it does to all of you. Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy lots of Dacho… I mean turkey!

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New Palutena’s Guidance Secret features Ridley in Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Palutena’s Guidance returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and includes dialogue options for new characters to the series. GameXplain have uploaded a video to share Ridley’s. The feature was first made present in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, and is activated by battling on Palutena’s Temple stage as Pit, and selecting his down taunt.

The dialogue between Palutena and Pit that follows, discusses the origins of Ridley, with some humourous comments from Pit. It’s a great feature, and one I am personally glad to see return to the Smash Bros series. You can check out the video below to see it for yourself!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will launch worldwide on the 7th December 2018!

Source: GameXplain

Community Spotlight: BlindVoid

We are excited to share our next Community Spotlight with you. Today we’re highlighting the work of Boid (BlindVoid), a talented artist and aspiring game designer whose style and work has been greatly inspired by the Metroid franchise. We are showcasing some of his gorgeous pieces based on Metroid bosses, including more obscure ones such as Zazabi from Metroid Fusion and Gorea from Metroid Prime Hunters. Boid is new to the Metroid community, and we hope to see more from him in the future.

A huge thank you to Boid for taking the time to share his beautiful artwork with us!

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Nintendo has an idea of when Metroid Prime 4 will be released

Nintendo of America COO and president Reggie Fils-Aimé recently spoke to Mashable, primarily about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (his main is Ridley). He mentioned Nintendo’s practice of planning high profile releases for big selling seasons, like the holiday season or the launch of the Nintendo Switch. When asked if they have any idea of when Metroid Prime 4 will be on store shelves, he said:

Internally, we have expectations about when [Metroid Prime 4] is going to be released. We haven’t announced it, but yeah, the game is well in development.

Unfortunately, he did not elaborate, saying that Nintendo likes to showcase its games in great depth when they’re at least six months to a year away from release to avoid teasing players endlessly.

Updates on the status of Metroid Prime 4’s development have been scarce ever since its announcement at E3 2017. However, knowing that Nintendo has an idea of when it will come out means that its production is going well. We’ll keep you posted whenever news about Prime 4 is revealed. While you wait for its full unveiling, don’t forget that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be released next month, and we’ll be able to play as Ridley and Dark Samus for the first time ever.

Source: Mashable

Metroid comes to Nintendo Switch Online on November 14

In the Nintendo Direct presentation on September 13, Nintendo Switch Online was finally detailed, and one of the NES games announced to come to the service was the original Metroid. Yesterday, Nintendo of America confirmed when we’ll get to play it: November 14, exactly one week from today.  The game appears to be a straight port, graphical glitches and all, without added co-op functionality. Those of you who are subscribed to Switch Online will now have another reason to enjoy it. And if you don’t want to subscribe, there are still plenty of other ways to enjoy the original game, including through Virtual Console, the NES Classic, and within Metroid Prime or Metroid: Zero Mission.

Source: IGN/Twitter

Samus Aran gets a makeover from a 3D artist

A 3D artist named Julien Desroy, who also worked at companies like Axis Animation and Gameloft has created a 3D alternate look model for Samus. As you will see, there are similarities and differences from the Varia Suit to her face. The suit has a more industrial less advanced look to it, perhaps something The Galactic Federation rather than the Chozo would create? Others point out that it looks more in style with Fortnite, do you agree/disagree? You can take a look at Julien’s work on Samus and many other things he made by clicking this link:

Julien Desroy Artwork

Source: Kotaku

Ridley and Dark Samus victory theme confirmed in SSBU

In the long-awaited Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Ridley and Dark Samus apparently share an alternate version of the item fanfare theme heard in the Metroid games, most likely deriving from the Metroid Prime version. It has a darker and more sinister tone to it which is a nifty little detail to add into the game. Small differences like this only promotes more personality into these characters and we are grateful that our beloved Metroid villains got some great treatment by the hardworking Mr Sakurai. You can listen to the victory theme below!