Metroid Dread Report Vol. 6 released with new trailer

Nintendo have released a sixth volume of their Metroid Dread Reports, which detail information about the game and the characters found in the upcoming title releasing on October 8th 2021. Volume 6 is titled “Dive deep into the new trailer” and goes into detail regarding mysteries in a brand new trailer released alongside the report.

SPOILER WARNING

You can check out Metroid Dread Report Vol. 6 by clicking here

Volume 7 of the Metroid Dread Report will offer “A closer look at the mysterious Chozo” with no date given this time for its release. Presumably it will follow a similar release to other reports and be released in around two weeks time, but we will update our readers as it goes live, so stay tuned to our social media accounts and the Shinesparkers website!

You can catch up on the other Metroid Dread reports on the links below:

Metroid Dread Report Volume 5
Metroid Dread Report Volume 4
Metroid Dread Report Volume 3
Metroid Dread Report Volume 2
Metroid Dread Report Volume 1

Hirokazu Tanaka shares special message to mark 35 years of Metroid

Hirokazu “chip” Tanaka, the composer of the original Metroid, which first released on the Famicom Disk System in 1986, has shared a special message for fans to celebrate the series marking its 35th year. Shinesparkers reached out to ask Mr. Tanaka if he had a message he would like to share to Metroid fans all around the world, and he provided us with a response, which we are happy to be sharing with you today!

I’m surprised that there’s so many fans who love Metroid even after 35 years, and that makes me genuinely happy. I believe that it’s because of that fan support that I am still composing on this day. I’m very grateful – Hirokazu “chip” Tanaka

On behalf of Shinesparkers and the Metroid community, we want to thank Mr. Tanaka for sharing his thoughtful message, and for all his contributions to video games, including Metroid. His compositions continue to be an inspiration for many of us.

Community Spotlight: SynaMax

Our latest Community Spotlight focuses attention on music composer and producer Synamax, who is popular within the community for creating music using authentic samples used within other Metroid titles, and creating new experiences. SynaMax shares his origins of becoming a musician, and his feelings on scoring an animated film, something he has had a long time ambition for. It’s been great to hear a little bit more about his work, and I hope our readers will check out the feature and support his work in the links provided.

Click here to read the Spotlight

Metroid Dread Vol. 5 released

Nintendo have released a fifth volume of their Metroid Dread reports, which detail information about the game and the characters found in the upcoming title releasing on October 8th 2021. Volume 5 is titled “The powers of Samus” and details the character of Samus, including tragic events occuring in her childhood, information about the sort of person she is, and information about her weapons and abilities. This volume also includes some new footage from Metroid Dread, and a brand new trailer.

The report also confirms that a sixth part will be arriving next week, August 27th 2021, along with a brand new trailer! The focus of volume 6 will be to shed light on new mysteries revealed in the upcoming game trailer.

You can check out Metroid Dread Report Vol. 5 by clicking here

You can catch up on the other Metroid Dread reports on the links below:

Metroid Dread Report Volume 4
Metroid Dread Report Volume 3
Metroid Dread Report Volume 2
Metroid Dread Report Volume 1

Feature: The Galactic Federation

Over the last couple of years, our team member Quadraxis has been researching the various civilizations of the Metroid series, including the Reptilicus, Luminoth, Elysians and Ing. Today, Quaddy has a new feature to share with all of you that focuses on the history of the Galactic Federation. While much remains to be revealed about the galaxy’s governing body, we hope you’ll enjoy discovering the known history of the Galactic Federation in this feature.

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Shinesparkers Poll: Your favorite Metroid game (2021)

Earlier this year, we reached out to Shinesparkers readers to discover what their favorite Metroid title was. After 705 votes, we now have the results of that poll. We have put together a special feature to share exactly where each game placed, and how many votes they have. A huge thanks to everyone who took part, if this poll proves to be popular we may run similar features in the future.

You can check out the results right here

Feature: Harmony of a Hunter Returns

Today marks not only the 35th anniversary of the Metroid series, but the tenth anniversary of the original Harmony of a Hunter album’s release! To mark the occasion, Darren has written a feature sharing the history of the Harmony album series, from the very first Harmony of a Hunter to Harmony of a Hunter Returns, which we released today. The albums have been a labor of love from Darren, the musicians who made them and the artists who designed the beautiful cover. We hope you enjoy reading about the making of the Harmony albums, and then use the link at the bottom to download Harmony of a Hunter Returns!

A massive thank you to everyone who has supported the Harmony albums over the past decade, we hope that you will enjoy Harmony of a Hunter Returns just as much!

Click here to read the feature

Metroid Dread Report Vol. 4 released

The latest Metroid Dread Report is now available! The fourth installment is titled “Unravelling a saga 35 years in the making” detailing the history of Samus’ adventures so far. It also contains a special video called “A glimpse of Dread…” which shows some exciting scenes from the upcoming title. The video contains some really exciting and interesting content, but does contain some spoilers relating to Samus’ suit that some readers may wish to avoid, so please be informed before watching the latest trailer.

You can check out the latest Metroid Dread Report by clicking this link!

Previous reports can be found here:
Metroid Dread Report Volume 3
Metroid Dread Report Volume 2
Metroid Dread Report Volume 1

Episode 15 – Harmony of a Hunter Returns

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Our fifteenth episode of the Shinesparkers Podcast is now available! This episode celebrates the release of Harmony of a Hunter Returns, the sixth fan-arrangement album by Shinesparkers. We discuss the project, the history of our albums and share what it’s like to put a project like Harmony of a Hunter Returns, as well as highlighting some of our favourite tracks from over the years. This episode features a selection of tracks from the new album. Podcast hosted by Amanda, who is joined by Darren and Sebastian.

01:54 – Main Topic: Harmony of a Hunter Returns
44:10 – Mailbag: Readers thoughts on the announcement of Metroid Dread

Metroid Dread Report Vol. 3 released

Nintendo have released a brand new Metroid Dread Report, a series of articles in the run-up to the upcoming Metroid title. In this third volume, the report focuses on seven points that define the 2D saga, such as the character of Samus Aran and her abilities, characters such as the Metroids, Chozo and X-Parasites, and recapping the series thirty-five-year history. It’s a great article that should help newcomers to the series get up to speed with the adventure so far!

Check out the Metroid Dread Report Volume 3 by clicking this link!

Previous reports can be found here:

Metroid Dread Report Volume 2
Metroid Dread Report Volume 1