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04.01.2015 - CapCom

This just in... Metroid is a guy!! We secretly suspected this all along, and this manga proves it!!

Because it's on the Metroid Database, your Number 1 source for Metroid news, it MUST be true!!

This weird little manga is called Famiken Ryu, and it came out in 1985-1987, during the height of the Famicom boom. It stars Ryu, a kenpo master who first protected his classmates from the bullies of a rival school, but then applied his martial arts skills to beat Famicom games. This combination of Famicom games and kenpo is called...Famiken! This gives him superpowers like rapid-fire and lightning reflexes. Eventually, Ryu gets sucked into the games. There's even a giant evil brain supercomputer called Cobra. If that sounds as campy as Captain N, you're right!

Cobra is behind a conspiracy to conquer the world by kidnapping the top Famicom players in Japan and using their skills to play his videogames – which are modifications of hit titles like Tower of Druaga, Gradius, Legend of Valkyrie, and Metroid. The games have been modified to hack into America's – I mean, “A Country's” – defense system. By playing the games, you hack into a military computer system! He's also created an army of mutants – some of them failed game masters.

Some games have been converted into “Psychic Illusions” by Cobra's henchman, Dr. Madoh. You enter one of these, and you're basically inside a videogame, with all the cool powers and abilities of the hero. Unfortunately, that means if you get killed in there, you're dead for good! The only way to escape is by beating the game!

The manga is ultra-rare, but there were dozens of manga like at the time, which you can read about on this collector's blog (in Japanese). It was originally published by our favorite Comic Bom Bom (the same guys who did Samus & Joey and Episode of Aether 20 years later), then collected in five volumes. Sadly, we only have the first four, but that's OK since Volume 4 was the only one with Metroid in it. If you want to see what happens next, go here. We've scanned and translated those two chapters for you. Enjoy!

Until next time...
Captain Commando

Nintendo Celebrates Women's History Month
Woman's History Month Samus

Nintendo has recently put out an ad campaign that takes the "strong, capable woman" Rosie the Riveter (A propaganda character the U.S. Army created in order to get more women interested in helping the nation) idea and puts her "We can do it!" moniker to images of famous female Nintendo characters. Why did they decide to do this? Well of course it's to celebrate Woman's History Month (March).

Unfortunately, but somewhat completely expected, the sentiment backfired in a few circles. I'll let you search for them on your own time, but be aware: these people know very little when it comes to anything game-related anyway. One woman in particular even alluded to calling Samus a character "no one's ever heard of."

Now that you're done facepalming, I've got a few things left to say: No matter what your ideologies about how the modern gaming industry portrays women are, and even if you are doing your best to tell everyone on the internet how you feel, the battle is a lost cause. Because you cannot fight arts and entertainment. You can certainly try, but you will not succeed. It is beyond your control, and will always be one step ahead of you. If there's anything all of this craziness has taught me it's that no matter what side you take, or how vehemently opposed you are to any particular thing, it's your passion and how you interact with others that defines you as a person, and if that passion includes playing some goddamn video games, then don't let anyone stop you from enjoying that.

--Infinity's End

Nintendo Mobile
03.17.2015 - Apothem

Nintendo announced earlier today via video stream and on their corporate website an unprecedented partnership with prominent Japanese mobile developer DeNA to launch a "service" by fall this year wherein they will offer unique mobile-focused experiences based off Nintendo's stable of popular intellectual properties. The intention behind this new initiative is to offer mobile users an example of what they can expect from Nintendo's dedicated gaming hardware and hopefully encourage further adoption of their primary platforms. Apparently, all of Nintendo's properties are open to potential development at DeNA's discretion. There are presently no plans to port existing Nintendo games to mobile at this time, which most likely include potential ports of classic titles as well. The entirety of this new initiative was explicitly described as complimentary to Nintendo's existing Wii U and 3DS game development.

Preempting potential concerns regarding the company's new mobile focus, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata also reconfirmed that the company has a new system in works, presently codenamed "NX." As with their mobile initiative, details concerning this new system are all but nonexistent, however Mr.Iwata promises it to be an entirely new "concept" for the company. Anything further regarding the system is purely speculation at this point, but with the Entertainment Electronics Expo just around the corner we should expect to hear a good deal more about both projects through Nintendo's now signature Direct video series.

As with all things Nintendo related, both the new mobile initiative and hardware offer the potential for the revival of our favorite Nintendo franchise. Should anything Metroid related crop up in discussion of either of Nintendo's bold new plans moving forward, you can count on the Metroid Database to keep you up to date!


Samus Wired Fight Pad from PDP Mini Review

Today I went to the SXSW Gaming Expo. I had a pretty good time, despite Nintendo being surprisingly absent compared to the last two years, and I got to meet and have a good chat with Dan Adelman of Axiom Verge fame. While that exposition will be coming very soon, I also noticed PDP had a booth. I saw you could buy one of their OFFICIALLY LICENSED Wired Fight Pads in all their different character themes from Smash. Seeing the Samus one, it took less than a minute's hesitation to decide that I was going to buy it right then and there - also for a slightly discounted price than at retail - only $20.00! NO TAX.

The controller OBLITERATED my expectations. The Samus pad - the first and only Samus-themed controller on the market as of this writing - is painted in a beautiful metallic yellow and orange, very reminiscent of the Samus Figma. While the top half of the controller is more of a "matte metallic" the lower half is a glossy metallic, making the colors very distinct from each other, and offsetting the controller's two halves in the best way possible. The D-pad is a metallic green color reminiscent of her arm cannon, and the -, HOME, and + buttons are a lime green color reminiscent of Samus's visor.

There is little doubt that the person designing this took much care in highlighting why we love Samus so much - including the emblazoned S-Logo symbol in the top middle of the pad. I honestly cannot give this controller a higher recommendation and you need to do whatever you can to pick them up - it is something any Metroid fan would be extremely proud to own.

And now, without further ado: pictures.

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The Samus Wired Fight Pad by PDP will be released on March 20th for a MSRP of $24.99. Here's the listing on Amazon.

--Infinity's End

Metroid Prime 2 Bestiary Update
03.12.2015 - Apothem

Fresh off the digital presses are two new rockin' additions to the already excellent Metroid Prime 2 section of our increasingly comprehensive franchise Bestiary:

Helping round out the roster of evil alter egos are the ever annoying Dark Wasps by Sabakusuna and the once Prime Metroid herself, the indomitable Dark Samus by Robert Powell. Both are expertly crafted additions to the project and we here at the MDb are proud to exhibit such talented work.

Take this opportunity, dear readers, to peruse our bestiary in earnest, let us know what you think of the project or specific works in our forums, or simply click "enter" to pay respects to the skilled artists that we tirelessly wrangle for your enjoyment.


Metroid: Zero Mission Available Today on European eShop

Nintendo of Europe have updated the Wii U eShop, and this time they've added a special treat for Metroid fans. Metroid: Zero Mission has finally been added to, nearly nine months after the game was made available in Japan. Metroid: Zero Mission can be purchased for €6.99/£6.29 off the European eShop.

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We will naturally let you know when Metroid: Zero Mission is released in North America.

--James Pierce

One more new shirt from Once Upon a Tee!

Once Upon A Tee has a brand new Metroid-themed T-shirt on sale! "Epic Super Metroid" features Samus battling a ferocious Ridley.

Keep in mind Once Upon A Tee also offers these designs as mousepads, phone cases, and coasters!

Available now through March 16

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--Infinity's End

More Awesome Tshirts from Once Upon A Tee!

Once Upon A Tee is once again offering brand spankin' new Metroid-themed T-shirts for their recent sale! Buy a T-shirt individually for $12 a piece, or grab all 4 in the "Zebes Collection" for a mere $44!

But that's not all!

Once Upon A Tee now also offers these designs as mousepads, phone cases, and coasters!

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at checkout to receive 5% off of any item!

For all your purchases, please sure you click through one of the images above so we are properly credited for the affiliation. Your purchases directly help affording the costs of our site. Thanks go out to Jason from Once Upon A Tee as well as any future purchasers! These are only available until February 16th, and then they're gone forever, so don't miss your chance!

--Infinity's End

Metroid Prime: Trilogy Now Available on Wii U

With this weeks eShop update, players in North America and Europe can now purchase Metroid Prime: Trilogy on Wii U. For one week only, players in both North America and Europe can purchase this game for 50% off as part of Nintendo's "Throwback Sale". If you haven't had the chance to play this before, now is the best time to try it out.


--James Pierce

01.20.2015 - Apothem

A bit late but better than never: In an interview with The Fwoosh, Jakks Pacific has announced their newest line in the increasingly popular "World of Nintendo" series of affordable figures will include, among other Nintendo staples, a 4" Samus and 6" metroid figure!

The new line of figures is tentatively planned for "Spring" and like other products in the line the 4" figures will MSRP for $8.99 USD while the 6" figures will MSRP $14.99 USD.

In their interview, Jose Alvarez and Justin Mills-Orcutt of Jakks Pacific state that their company has the rights to a number of - unfortunately unspecified - Nintendo properties, known now to include Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid. They expressed interest in "delving" as far into each brand as Nintendo would allow, initially focusing on more well known characters from more recent games but ultimately intending to craft everything possible, from heroes to villains, basic enemies to even tile sets taken straight from the games themselves for their "micro" scale world builder series. They're also not adverse to retro styles and variants, and also assure fans that a single character has the potential of appearing in multiple scales.

That's all great for Nintendo properties in general, but what does it mean for Metroid in particular? Well, unfortunately nothing as of now, aside from Samus and her parasitic nemesis in plastic form. However, future possibilities are boundless, and Mr.Alvarez and Mr.Mills-Orcutt are keen on immortalizing all things "Nintendo" on our collective shelves. As such we can reasonably expect more Metroid representation in the World of Nintendo, and the franchise certainly offers more than enough inspiration with its various creatures and characters. Time will tell. For now, though, we wait in eager anticipation.

Closing out the day's news is one last little tidbit: Johnathan Holmes - Nicest Man in the World™ and present Editor-in-Chief at Destructoid - and Maddy Myers - a.k.a. "Samusclone" and increasingly prolific netizen - have conspired to bring their respective alternate personas to video in a recently launched YouTube series "Samus and Sagat." If you ever wondered what to separate characters from two wildly different series would ever have to talk about over breakfast, wonder no more.



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