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Metroid Prime on Unseen 64
05.02.2015 - CapCom

The folks at Unseen 64 have updated their entry for the Development History of Metroid Prime recently, with some fantastic development documents and concept art that few people have seen before (some of it was new to me). This is by far the most comprehensive history of the game's development available to date and is a collaborative project with research being done by snoops on places like NeoGAF and elsewhere. It covers the origins in a 3D action/adventure game to its complete overhaul partway through development to the final product. Pretty cool stuff!

Here's a sample of their content, the unused jetpack Space Pirate:

Original concept art from Nintendo.com from E3 for comparison:

Flying Pirate

There's more unused development art in the Metroid Prime artwork section of our site. Actually, I'm quite proud of this image. It was up on Retro's site immediately after Spaceworld and taken down days after the event. I snagged it before that happened!

Samy Samus Metroid Prime

Until next time...
Captain Commando

Metroid EX Chapter 2 is a BALL
05.02.2015 - CapCom
Metroid EX Samus & Joey Chapter 2 Morph Ball

There's no roundabout way of putting it, but the latest chapter of Metroid EX is up now! This time, Samus, Joey, and Diesel visit the planet Maru to recover the Morph Ball. The rotund royalty that rules this planet is obsessed with all things spherical and also a professional punster. Metroid EX doesn't get much loopier than this! Check it out.

Until next time...
Captain Commando

Shmuplations Translates Metroid Fusion and MZM Interviews
05.01.2015 - CapCom

Shmuplations, one of my favorite translation sites, has put up two new translations of interviews with Yoshio Sakamoto on Metroid Fusion and Metroid Zero Mission. There is some really interesting details in here, such as how the Fusion Suit redesign was something newer staff wanted to implement because "It's been the same way for too long." However, since changing such a famous character is very risky, Sakamoto told his staff to think about gameplay mechanics and if the mechanics warranted it, to redesign the suit based on those changes:

So rather than have them thinking about simply changing her design, I tried to get them thinking about new gameplay elements they could introduce, and the necessity of having a solid reason, in-game, for doing so.

With Zero Mission, the Zero Suit sequence followed up with the idea of reversal of fortune the team had from the beginning, but the idea of Samus losing her Power Suit didn't come about until almost the end of development. Sakamoto discusses the horror film influences, which at his GDC talk he stated were central to the pacing and tension of his Metroid games:

We thought the image of the armorless Samus, completely defenseless, would really excite players and make her situation feel real and threatening. It's like a scene out of a classic horror movie: an ugly, evil beast giving chase to its prey, whose weakness has now been exposed. I think being direct like that is the most effective way to raise the tension.

Pretty cool stuff! You can read the full interview here. While you're at it, Shmuplations has 147 other interviews as of this writing - primarily shooting games, but also some RPGs, Castlevania, and other classics.

Until next time...
Captain Commando

Brand new offering from Once Upon A Tee!

Once Upon A Tee has yet again graced us with a new Metroid-themed T-shirt! "The Hunter" depicts Samus showing off in a very classic pose against the backdrop of the katakana for "Metroid."

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

Available now through May 4th.

Once Upon A Tee

only $12 for sizes S-XL!



at checkout to receive 5% off of your order!

For all your purchases, please sure you click through the image 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!

--Infinity's End

METROID EXTREME! The Samus and Joey saga continues!
04.24.2015 - CapCom

Howdy folks! I want to proudly present you the latest chapter in Idzuki Kouji's Samus & Joey saga, Metroid EX - the EX is for EXTREME!! And let me tell you, there's a lot of crazy stuff in these twelve chapters! As a recap from Chapter 17, Samus lost all her weapons and abilities to Greed, a dragon from the same race as Ridley. Each ability was given to one of Greed's henchmen, and now Samus must fight all six to get them back. First up are missiles, which were given to a big pig called Zameel who lives on a Brigandia, a wild west-themed planet. So go ahead and read it now!

If you're new to Samus & Joey, you might want to start all the way back at the beginning.

Metroid EX is actually a very rare manga published in Comic Bom Bom in Japan. Comic Bom Bom was published monthly for little kids who threw them in the recycling when they were done. Metroid EX ran from May 2003 to April 2004, so that's over a decade ago - and very few are left. As a result, it was really hard to find these on auction, and when they did show up, it was typically $15-$30 per issue. When you take shipping fees and currency conversion fees into account, each PAGE costs about $1 apiece! Anyway, that's where all your ad clicks went -- and now we're giving it all back to you!

I know we've been hyping this for quite awhile, but it took us awhile to get all these cleaned up and typeset. However, we are absolutely on schedule to upload these on a more regular basis - once every week or two! Until then, stay posted!

By the way... The manga's author, Idzuki Kouji, posted about the translation project on his blog! Note this was back in May 2013... Has it really taken us six years to complete the whole thing???

Here's a rough translation of the post, along with some cool pics! Japanese Message

This happened awhile ago, but an e-mail came to me from a foreigner who visited my blog and said he teaches at a university in Florida in the US. I am told he translates as a hobby, and is translating an old manga that I wrote called Metroid: Samus & Joey for his friends.

Here you go. The one firing the beam is Samus, and the child is Joey.

The letter was written with hardly any problems in Japanese, and of course part of it had a foreign accent, but it was still good. [Yup - I can do Japanese to English OK, but not English to Japanese!]

Samus & Joey is a work that I have many special memories attached to from when I was writing it. As a manga artist, I am honored that someone outside of Japan is so thrilled with this work.

Since all three volumes of Samus & Joey were collected into a tankobon, it is possible to get them, but there is a sequel called Metroid EX that is the next part of the story to Samus & Joey that was not converted into a tankobon. Nevertheless, this individual has somehow managed to collect EX from Comic Bom Boms he got from somewhere, although he still hasn't obtained three chapters. [I managed to get the last one in June last year.]

Unfortunately, outside of the original manuscripts, I don't have clippings of each chapter from the magazine, but if I did, I would send them to this person. Sorry!

Aaah... Why wasn't Metroid EX published as a tankobon...? Metroid seems to be very popular in America, so it would be fine to do an English version...

I am happy to know that EX is being clicked on at the republication website mentioned above, but a click-through count is a far cry from being published.

"Someone click on this please~!" (Pleading)

Metroid Extreme

Until next time...
Captain Commando

amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits & amiibo Page

Nintendo have recently released a new piece of freemium software on the Wii U eShop in Japan, amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits. This software allows players to scan in their amiibos to unlock significant scenes from 30 different NES and SNES games from Nintendo. Naturally, both Metroid and Super Metroid are featured in the spotlight. Players in North America and Europe will be able to take part in the fun next week.

amiibo tap

That said, I'm proud to officially unveil the newest part of Metroid Database's Features section; the amiibo page. This page chronicles all the different Metroid amiibos being manufactured as well as the games which they are compatible with. This is not just limited games with significant features Super Smash Bros., but every game which can recognize the amiibo. Like our other features, we will keep updating it as more amiibo compatibility is revealed.

--James Pierce

Samus & Joey: Chapter 17 Released!

Samus & Joey fans! We have released the last chapter of Volume 3: "Lost Powers and a Determined Voyage" for your reading fulfillment. Samus becomes victim to an extremely heinous plot to steal her powers from her. And who could be behind this dirty deed? Read on, and find out! You don't want to miss this extremely intense chapter!

Samus & Joey Chapter 17

--Infinity's End

Poll #6: Favorite Samus Suit
Poll 6

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Here are the results from our "Out of these choices, which Power Suit design is your favorite?" poll. As you can see, the Varia suit from Prime 2 & 3 is the closest to what most of you feel is "perfect." Prime's and Super's style were very close in the poll, too. I personally prefer SSB Brawl's suit, because I just feel that one reaches a very close perception to how she would look in Super in 3D form, and even though it doesn't make too much sense proportionally-speaking, I'm willing to set my disbelief aside and enjoy it for what it is.

Thanks to all who voted in our poll, we encourage you to vote in our newest one, regarding our Social Media posting frequency.

--Infinity's End

More Metroid Amiibo!
04.01.2015 - Apothem

No fooling this time folks! Fresh from Nintendo's Direct stream earlier today are three new Smash Bros. Wii U / 3DS Amiibo waves including - finally! - the long awaited release of Zero Suit Samus!

Nothing else Metroid related was announced, unfortunately, but Nintendo had plenty else on show for their fans. The big reveals for the rest of the year are likely to hit by E3 in June, so for now we make due with this morsel of an appetizer. Until then keep your eyes keenly locked to your favored retailers for your chance to pre-order Zero Suit Samus, as like with most Amiibo we expect her to sell out mighty quick!


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


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