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Blast Ball Demo Now Available for Download, Official Site Up
07.22.2016 - CapCom

The Blast Ball demo is available now for download on the Nintendo eShop, so you can give this new game a try. Find out more information at the Blast Ball page on Nintendo's website.

In addition, the official English Metroid Prime: Federation Force homepage has gone live! The site is chock-full of information about the game, including plenty of videos, concept art, and descriptions. Looks like the Federation Force advertisement mech is finally rolling out! The August 19 release date is coming up quickly...

Until next time...
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Dutch Club Nintendo Magazine Scans Added

A few pages from a Dutch edition of Club Nintendo Magazine were graciously donated by long-time (18 yrs!) MDb reader, Mad Mega. He also translated the 2-page comic advertisement for Nintendo products, which has a brief Metroid cameo at the end. Thanks Mark!

You can also find the scans in our Metroid 1 Library section.

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Miitomo's Potential! Yoshio Sakamoto and Shigesato Itoi
07.08.2016 - CapCom

Shigesato Itoi's Hobonichi Shimbun has published all six parts of his interview with the director of Miitomo, Yoshio Sakamoto. Whether you're a long-time adopter or stopped using Miitomo a long time ago, it is surprising to learn that the creator of Metroid is also the creator of Miitomo (which in itself is an extension of Tomodachi Collection).

We also know the idea for Miis originated way back on the NES, but it's fascinating to hear that the Mii creation software as we know it originated with one of Sakamoto's Game Boy Color era projects, Otona no Onna no Uranai Techo (Women's Fortune Telling Pocket Notebook). Part of the project was to allow users to create avatars that looked like themselves. Although the game was ultimately never completed, when Sakamoto showed the face creation software to Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's president immediately saw its relation to one of Shigeru Miyamoto's projects. Iwata showed it to Miyamoto, and the team eventually went on to create Mii Maker. Pretty cool stuff!

There are many interesting bits of information in this interview. Hopefully we'll soon hear if Sakamoto's team is working on anything connected with Metroid...

Until next time...
Captain Commando

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Project AM2R releasing August 6!
07.07.2016 - CapCom

Project AM2R finally has a solid release date: August 6, 2016! That's right, the biggest Metroid II fan remake will be coming out just in time for the 30th anniversary of Metroid! Metroid II is one of my favorites in the series, and I have always dreamed up playing an enhanced version, so have been keeping my eye on this one since I first heard about it a few years ago. You know what I'll be playing come August 6!

Check out the latest demo here to further whet your appetite.

Until next time...
Captain Commando

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Uniqlo - UTGP '17 T-Shirt Competition

On July 1st, entries opened up for Uniqlo's annual t-shirt competition, the UTGP '17. This year's theme is - you guessed it - Nintendo. Grand prize winner gets $10k, a meet and greet with Shigeru Miyamoto, who is also one of the judges, AND "a new concept game console NX from Nintendo specially autographed by Miyamoto." Which means the NX is likely going to be released in 2017.

Anyway, the promo video for the contest features art from pretty much every major Nintendo franchise, including Metroid, thankfully, and at the 0:50 mark, you will see an image of Zero Suit Samus that, as far as I know, has never been released in any promotional artwork before - because it is the full color version of the ZSS "shadow" in the background of the Japanese boxart. Make sense? Here's what it looks like.

ZSS

Here's the video:

Official site is here.

Nintendo has all this hi res artwork, it's so unfortunate they keep it all to themselves....

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25 Super Metroid Facts - It's Super Effective!!!

A few days ago, YouTube Channel It's Super Effective released a new video, focusing on 25 Super Metroid facts that you may or may not know. Some information and artwork was taken directly from the MDb, which they have thankfully credited us. Despite a few inaccuracies here and there, it's worth a watch. Check it out below.

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MPFF Amiibo Support

Another announcement Nintendo made was how MPFF interacts with Amiibo. The Samus and Zero Suit Samus Amiibos will give your Federation soldiers an appropriately-themed skin in the game as well as upgrades your character. If you use any other Amiibo, it will give the Blast Ball mechs a custom paint job.

Japanese commercial:

Official Nintendo Tweet: Samus and ZSS Amiibo
Official Nintendo Tweet: Other Amiibos

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MPFF Launches Japanese Website, Gameplay Trailer

Nintendo of Japan released a whole slew of new marketing content for Metroid Prime Federation Force. Their official website is far more complete and detailed than anything we've seen on the game thus far. Check out the trailer below (warning: Japanese dialogue and text):

We may be able to provide you with a brief translated summary of what goes on in the trailer at some point in the near future, but we do not have plans to subtitle the entire video.

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Archie Comics pitched Metroid comic to Nintendo

In 2009, Archie Comics (gamers should know them for publishing the Sonic the Hedgehog and Megaman comics) tried pitching a Metroid comic to Nintendo. All we know about the pitch was from the brief description:

Archie Comics about around 2009 tried to pitch an idea to Nintendo to have the rights to publish comics based on the Story from the Metroid games. Unfortunately, Nintendo turned it down. I for one wished they didn't. I think a Metroid comic would be great.

This pencil sketches were been released by Tracy Yardley, who drew some panel and concept sketches for the pitch. We don't know much more about it beyond the obvious outcome, which was Nintendo turning down the pitch. Check out the artwork, which has been somewhat light-corrected in Photoshop for better visibility.

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I for one would welcome a new Metroid comic series. If done properly, of course, it could be a very awesome thing. Without proper budget, a passionate, competent team, or time, however, we're left with stuff seen in the Nintendo Power comics. As far as I can tell, fans of the Sonic and Megaman comics have been very satisfied overall with the way they have turned out so I truly believe they would have been capable of handling the IP properly.

Thanks to Assad for the tip on Facebook!

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