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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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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

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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.

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--James Pierce

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Collectables!
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.

GEOMETRY!
--Apothem

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Metroid Prime: Trilogy Coming to Wii U

THROWBACK SALE
WiiU owners were met with this advertisement on their gamepads today.

Announced earlier today in the most recent Nintendo Direct, Metroid Prime: Trilogy is being released digitally on the Wii U eShop. This is NOT an HD remaster, but the actual Wii software being sold through the eShop.

Metroid Prime: Trilogy releases January 29 in North America and Europe. Players who purchase the game before February 5, will be able to receive a 50% discount!

--James Pierce

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Poll #5 Results: Cosplay Poll
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Here are the results from our "Who Needs More Cosplay Love?" poll. Surprisingly, there is a high demand for Rundas cosplay, but just barely moreso than Sylux, the fan-favorite from MPH. I'm not quite sure if people chose Rundas just due to the sheer complexity of the costume and the likelihood that no one has even attempted it yet, but no one's done Sylux or most of the other choices either, afaik.

Thanks to all who voted in our poll, we encourage you to vote in our newest one!

--Infinity's End

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Rewarding!
12.25.2014 - Apothem

Hot~ish off the presses are a smattering of new and returning Club Nintendo rewards just in time for the holiday/post-holiday season! Included are a number of DS/3DS card cases thematically based off of popular Nintendo franchises such as Mario, Pikmin, and The Legend of Zelda, each available for 400 coins, but most pertinent to this site's - and likely our dear reader's - interests is the inclusion of a Metroid-themed NES Remix 2 t-shirt!

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Available for 700 coins, this 100% cotton t-shirt comes in Large (22" W x 30" L) or Extra Large (24" W x 31" L) sizes and is a great homage to one of Nintendo's more creative nostalgic endeavors. As is so often the case with Club Nintendo Rewards, you better cash those coins in quick, lest you miss out on the opportunity all together!

Best of luck and a happy new year from all of us here at the MDb!

GEOMETRY!
--Apothem

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Merry Christmas from the MDb - Ch16. of Samus & Joey

Merry Christmas, everyone! As a gift, we are releasing the 16th chapter of Samus and Joey for everyone today. This chapter introduces Zegan Doh, whose obsession with being the Number One Bounty Hunter in the Galaxy forces his inflated ego to make a bad decision... challenge Samus Aran.

We hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season spending time with family and friends, as well as gaming your heart out. Next year, we have my more things in the works, including a bunch of manga scanlations on the way! We also know that there is some demand for recording a new episode of Wave Beam - unfortunately it just didn't happen this year, but we are going to try and schedule one for 2015. Look forward to it - Happy New Year!

--Infinity's End

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New Metroid Toys from Jakks Pacific

Toy manufacturer Jakks Pacific have announced new figures for their World of Nintendo toy line, and a few Metroid figures have been revealed. Scheduled to release in April of 2015 is a 4" Samus articulated figure, and a 6" Metroid figure. Later on in 2015 Jakks Pacific also plan to release a Gravity Suit Samus with a Morph Ball accessory. Thanks to Let's Talk Nintendo for the heads up.

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--James Pierce

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Limited Edition Tshirt from Teeconomist

Just in time for the holiday season, Teeconomist has graced us once again with a Samus-themed shirt for you to enjoy. The shirt is called "Samusplatter" and features a version of the Metroid Prime Hunters promo art but done in a style of paint splattering - very cool! Pick one up today from Teeconomist for only $10.00, while supplies last!

Better get it fast, this deal is only good for 24 hours!

--Infinity's End

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Smashing!
11.21.2014 - Apothem

Greetings, all, and Happy Smash Day to everyone! At least those of you living in North America, anyway. Today marks the long awaited - initial - release of Super Smash Bros. Wii U, latest in the seminal line of Nintendo's world famous cacophonous character crossover confrontations. Front and center is our own in-amber-clad First Lady of Gaming, Samus herself! She's joined by 48 other distinguished gaming icons, 41 frequently crazy stages, and hundreds of battle items, trophies, and easter eggs culled from dozens of different franchises - from Nintendo and beyond. Super Smash Bros. Wii U promises to be the single largest repository of interactive gaming nostalgia yet seen in the industry, and is the only place where players can pit the likes of Mario, Sonic, Mega Man, and Pac-Man head-to-head to settle that ages old question: Who's the better character?

For those of you across the ponds, worry not! You'll be smashing in no time! Smash Bros. Wii U will release next in Europe on November 28, Australia the next day on November 29, and finally in Japan about a week later on December 6. The wait may be brutal, but not long!

Until such a time as we're all smashing each other into brightly colored virtual oblivion, consider heading on over to our forums, where we have a long-lived and heavily trafficked Smash Brothers thread dedicated solely to all things smashing. Feel free to compliment, critique, complain, and compare everything from the brief but endlessly fun series alongside our modest community, many of whom live, eat, and breath all things Smash.

Last - but not least - should the wait prove unbearable, or should you need your brawl on the go, let us not forget Super Smash Bros. is also on the 3DS! Some may consider it little more than a precursor to it's console counterpart, but a sizable community has already formed around the game, and many of us here actively engage each other on the handheld. Nintendo seems determined to keep us smashing wherever we may be.

Also launching alongside Smash Bros. Wii U is Nintendo's ambitious new merchandising initiative: Amiibo! Starting with twelve adorable little figurines, and designed primarily with Smash Bros. in mind for now, Amiibo represents Nintendo's gradual foray into the realm of character driven physical DLC, similar to the likes of Skylanders and Disney's Infinity series.

Helping headline this new project is once again Samus, fully armored and standing tall amongst her peers! Samus Amiibo
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The exact functionality of each figure is specifically game dependent, but many are promised to work across multiple titles, not just a single game, which can make things a little confusing and difficult to keep track of. Thankfully, we here at the MDb have you fans covered with our handy - and regularly updated - guide to all known things Amiibo on our forums!

For Smash Bros. specifically, all twelve initial figures allow players to train respective virtual fighters, customizing moves, building stats, fighting against them directly, or pitting them against other player's Amiibo fighters. The character data is stored directly to the figure itself, allowing for easy pick-up-and-play across multiple consoles, should you ever want to challenge a friend directly in their own home, or anywhere else beyond your living room.

A few other games known to support Amiibo are Mario Kart 8, where the various figures unlock character costumes for Mii racers; and Hyrule Warriors, where the Link figure will unlock a brand new weapon type for him in-game. At present, exact functionality for many games remains unknown, but Nintendo is committed moving forward to making each Amiibo figure a worthwhile investment. For now, they can at least serve as nice little collectables, particularly for many of the characters on offer who rarely - if ever - receive any official merchandise, much like Samus herself, unfortunately.

Wrapping up the days announcements: Metroid II: The Return of Samus is now available as a 3DS Nintendo Club reward! Perhaps not the most exhilarating of Metroid news, but regardless, for 150 coins this fine - if not underrated - entry in the franchise can be yours. Alternatively, you can pick it up on the 3DS eShop for $3.99 USD or your local equivalent. Should you still be wanting for more alien blasting/exotic world exploring excellence, the original Metroid is available on both the 3DS and Wii U eShop for $4.99 USD, and Super Metroid is available on the Wii U eShop for $7.99 USD.

Until next time there's something of interest to report in the world of Metroid,

GEOMETRY!
--Apothem

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