Metroid: Samus Returns playable demo heading to select Best Buy stores in North America

Nintendo of America have announced the return of the Nintendo World Championships, which will be held in a limited capacity. Events will be taking place at eight select Best Buy stores in North America between August 19th and September 10th 2017. Metroid fans who live close to these Best Buy stores and wish to take part in these events may be pleased to hear that they can go hands on with Metroid: Samus Returns!

The eight Best Buy stores participating and the dates to attend are as follows:

610 Exterior St. Bronx, NY 10451
August 19th – 20th on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

181 Curtner Ave. San Jose, CA 95125
August 19th – 20th on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

3675 Pacific Coast Highway Torrance, CA 90505
August 26th – 27th on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

2301 Howard St. Evanston, IL, 60202
August 26th – 27th on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

9378 N. Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75231
September 2nd – 3rd on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

1000 W. 78th St. Richfield, MN, 55423
September 2nd – 3rd on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

4001 W. 20th Ave. Hialeah, FL 33012
September 9th – 10th on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

17364 Southcenter Parkway Tukwila, WA 98188
September 9th – 10th on Saturday 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

If you’re a My Nintendo member, you will be able to check in using the My Nintendo QR Code at the qualifier events to receive 100 Platinum Points, and if you’re one of the first 200 to check in daily at each location, you will receive a My Nintendo pin badge.

Source: Nintendo of America

New Aeion Ability Seemingly Discovered For Samus Returns

Along with the influx of new information for Metroid: Samus Returns we’ve gleaned today, we have also potentially discovered what the fourth and last Aeion Ability is for Samus.

The picture below was featured on Reddit and upon close examination, one can make out the details of the new Aeion Ability.

The ability appears to be called “Phase Drift” and it slows down time for everyone but Samus. This ability seems like it would be quite powerful, especially if it makes the timing for the new melee counter easier to pull off.

The poster on Reddit claims his friend works at a printing job and that’s how they were able to get their hands on a special edition box. Until further information surfaces, it should be taken as a rumor.

Source: Reddit

20 minutes of Metroid: Samus Returns gameplay and new information from Nintendo Minute

Nintendo Minute has released a 20 minute long video with some new gameplay and information about Metroid: Samus Returns. They also showed off the amiibo for the game. Apparently, the Reserve Tanks that the amiibo unlock are permanent; they’re not one-time uses. You can’t get rid of them once you’ve scanned them in unless you start a new save file. When you run out of energy, Missiles and Aeion, they will automatically be replenished. It also shows the Metroid marker, but not the galleries or Fusion Suit since those are unlocked after beating the game.

Additionally, it looks like the Ice and Power Beams don’t stack, and you can switch between them on the touch screen a’la Metroid Prime and Echoes. The Ice Beam has been slightly reworked: you now need to charge your shot to freeze enemies, a regular shot only briefly immobilizes them.

You can watch the video below.

Metroid: Samus Returns presentation to feature at Gamescom

Series producer Yoshio Sakamoto and José Luis Márquez, creative director for MercurySteam, will be hosting a presentation for Metroid: Samus Returns at Gamescom later this month. On Thursday 24th August at 11:00AM BST Sakamoto and Márquez will be taking to stage to showcase the upcoming game in advance of its September 15th release.

Many other Nintendo games will also be presented at different times, including Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Fire Emblem Warriors.

Source: Nintendo UK

“Samus Archives” tracklist for Samus Returns revealed

Nintendo have revealed the twenty-five tracks that will feature in the Samus Archives soundtrack, which will come bundled with special edition versions of Metroid: Samus Returns!

Metroid Other M – Result Screen
Metroid – Brinstar
Metroid II: Return of Samus – SR388’s Depths
Metroid: Samus Returns – Samus’ Theme
Metroid: Samus Returns – Lava Caves
Metroid Other M – Ridley
Metroid: Samus Returns – Lower Brinstar
Super Metroid – Lower Brinstar
Super Metroid – Crateria’s Surface
Metroid Fusion – Sector 1 (SRX)
Metroid Prime – Metroid Prime
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes – Space Pirates
Metroid Prime – Inside the Crashed Frigate Orpheon
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes – Main Theme
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption – Sky Town
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes – Emperor Ing
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes – Dark Samus
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption – Rundas
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption – Gandrayda
Metroid: Samus Returns – Chozo Laboratory
Metroid Other M – Sector 1 (Biosphere)
Metroid Other M – The Burning Lava Fish
Metroid Prime Trilogy – Main Theme
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption – Main Theme
Metroid – Samus Fanfare

Source: Nintendo

Samus Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL revealed

Nintendo of America has announced an official Samus Edition New 3DS XL. It will be released alongside the upcoming Metroid: Samus Returns on the 15th September 2017. So far the system has only been confirmed for the North America.

Below are some images of the new system courtesy of Nintendo

UPDATE: The console has now been announced for Europe by Nintendo of Europe

Nintendo clarifies Samus Returns hard mode

In a preview event for Metroid: Samus Returns, Nintendo clarified to USGamer the specifics behind the amiibo locked Fusion mode within the game. As it turns out, a regular hard mode will be unlockable without the need of any amiibo, but a separate “Fusion” mode, which also grants the player access to the Fusion Suit from Metroid Fusion, is only accessible via the Metroid amiibo.

Yes, Fusion Mode—which will give players access to Samus’ Fusion Suit as well as a more challenging difficulty in the game—is indeed locked behind the Metroid amiibo. This content will not be offered as a separate DLC in Nintendo’s digital eShop. However, there will be a standard hard mode that will be unlockable once players complete the game on regular difficulty.

Source: USGamer

New Gameplay Footage of Metroid: Samus Returns revealed

Nintendo of Europe have released new gameplay footage from the upcoming Metroid: Samus Returns. The footage comes after gaming press were invited to a European preview event of the game.

Below are two videos from NintenDaan and GameXplain with direct footage from the game!

EDIT: Additional footage has been published by various YouTube channels. You can find them all below.

New artwork revealed for Metroid: Samus Returns

Yesterday Nintendo Everything shared new artwork for Metroid: Samus Returns. They include a number of renders as well as concept artwork, of Samus, some of the Metroid evolutions (including the baby, which is really cute!) and the Arachnus. One of the Samus images is even a pose from Metroid Prime‘s renders. You can see the art and renders at Nintendo Everything, linked below.

Source: Nintendo Everything

Shinesparkers Relaunches

We are delighted to relaunch our Metroid fan community with a brand new look and a new and expanded team! Almost seven years ago, Shinesparkers was created to offer the latest Metroid news and exclusive content. With two brand new Metroid games announced at E32017, we decided it was the right time to update our website and expand on our vision.

One of our new goals are to create a multilingual website to reach out to French, German, Italian and Spanish-speaking fans in an attempt to expand our audience and provide people who may not understand English very well, to enjoy our content and feel part of a larger community that may not be represented in their native language. We will gradually be translating all of our existing content and creating new content for fans to enjoy in multiple languages, thanks to our dedicated team of translators who are supporting this endeavour.

Our new team consists of content writers, translators and people behind the scenes that keep the website working and the content flowing. Words cannot express how much we appreciate their hard work and effort, and thank them for all they have been doing to get the new Shinesparkers ready for launch. We dream of making our community even greater than it originally was, and hope you will join us on the next chapter in our journey!