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New AM2R Demo, Speedrunner Marathon
AM2R 1.3

A new AM2R Demo was released this past Monday. I have not gotten a chance to play through it yet, so unfortunately I cannot comment on any of the game's improvements. Click the image above to go to the AM2R site. Thanks to DocM64 for the head's up.

Second bit of news comes also via DocM64, who mentioned that a Metroid marathon is currently being run on the Team Ludendi Twitch channel. Team Ludendi is a part of the European Speedster Assembly, which are basically a bunch of gamers with a passion for speed running games. As of this writing, they are neck-deep in Other M. It looks like we've already missed Metroid Prime 1 and 2, which went on earlier this morning. Check out the following links to watch the channel!

--Infinity's End

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Smash Bros. Direct
Zero Suit Samus

In this Smash Bros. Direct a lot of information was revealed especially for the Metroid series. First off as seen above Zero Suit Samus returns as a playable fighter. In this game Zamus is stand alone character who does not transform during battle. She has also been given a fancy new pair of rocket boots to increase her recovery.

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Some news relating to Ridley and Dark Samus has also been revealed. Ridley will be appearing in Smash as a boss character once again. Not much was seen except for a shadow and part of his tail on the Pyrosphere stage. Dark Samus will also appear as a third Metroid themed Assist Trophy, joining the ranks of Mother Brain and Metroid. The King Kihunter from Other M appears as a trophy, with regular Kihunters appearing as enemies in the single player mode Smash Run on 3DS.

Dark Samus

Smash Bros. for 3DS will be released this summer following by the Wii U version this winter.

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Courtesy of NeoGAF we have a much larger image of the Zero Suit artwork. And yes, Samus retains her beauty mark.

Zamus

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Metroid Assists Again
Metroid

Today, Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai revealed the latest Assist Trophy for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The Metroid, a returning Assist Trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl appears once again to wreak havoc on the battlefield.

On Tuesday there will be a special Smash Bros. Direct, and as always, we will bring you the latest Metroid related news from Super Smash Bros. as it appears.

--James Pierce

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Metroid Fusion Released on WiiU eShop

Today marks the release of Metroid Fusion for the WiiU Virtual Console, via the eShop (4/30 for our friends in Japan). It is one of a handful of classic GBA titles that are all making their way to the WiiU. Other GBA titles released today include Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Advance Wars.

The last time Nintendo released Fusion was for 3DS in December of 2011, but only as a 3DS ambassador-exclusive title. I must admit, it would be pretty damn sweet to play Fusion on a WiiU Gamepad - which is essentially a giant classic GBA. You will be able to also play off your TV screen if you so desire. Being on the WiiU of course means that the game will also have its own Miiverse community, so more zany Metroid art, antics & memes are sure to follow. Nintendo has mentioned that they are also planning on releasing Nintendo DS games to the WiiU VC at some point in the future, so perhaps Pinball and Hunters can be a part of that.

Grab Metroid Fusion today for a mere $7.99!

--Infinity's End

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Once Upon A Tee

New swag affiliate Once Upon A Tee.net has five Metroid-themed T-shirts for sale! Buy them individually, or grab all 5 in the set to save some money. Better yet - we have been given an exclusive code directly from Once Upon A Tee!

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No minimum order, either! For all your purchases, make sure you click through one of the images above so we are properly credited for the affiliation. Your purchases directly help the cost of our site. Thanks go out to Jason from Once Upon A Tee as well as any future purchasers! These are only available for less than a day so don't delay!

--Infinity's End

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Super Metroid 20th Anniversary - Never Before Seen Promotional Ad Reel!
03.19.2014 - CapCom

This rare video clip is from a VHS tape that was given to game stores in Japan to help advertise Super Metroid. It is a combination of gameplay clips and video from the commercial, narrated by Samus herself! There are a lot of similarities between this vision of Super Metroid and Samus's representation in Metroid: Other M, leading us to believe that the video might have been overseen by Yoshio Sakamoto himself.

The video was graciously donated to us by our resident collector VGMStudios, and we have, of course, translated and subtitled it for you. The video was first shown to a limited audience during our panel at MAGFest 2014, and although some of our Japanese readers might remember having seen this 20 years ago, this is the first time it has even been shared with the world. We hope you enjoy it!

Until next time...
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Super Metroid 20th Anniversary - 20 Things You Probably Didn't Know
03.19.2014 - CapCom
Super Metroid 20th Anniversary

20 years ago today, Super Metroid was released in Japan. The game is the favorite of many fans of the series, and it remains the standard by which all other titles are measured. To help celebrate 20 years, we've put together a massive article detailing 20 fun facts about this most beloved of games. You'll learn such fun facts as where all the sampled audio came from, who Tomoyoshi Yamane really is (and why you should care), what's up with "The Baby," and that Samus used to be...naked!

Check it out as you help us celebrate Super Metroid's important anniversary.

Until next time...
Captain Commando

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Achievement Unlocked: Super Metroid Bestiary Complete!

That's right folks: Just in time for the anniversary, we have completely filled out entries for all of the enemies found in Super Metroid. The last one to finish out the list was the Dragon, beautifully realized of course by our own Methuselah3000. M3K has not drawn just one, but both variants of Dragon for us. Thanks, dude!

Dragon Dragon

--Infinity's End

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Koji Igarashi quits Konami, goes indie!
03.17.2014 - CapCom

The big news in the Metroidvania world is that Koji Igarashi, director and custodian of the Castlevania series from Symphony of the Night to Harmony of Despair, has left his position at Konami and is forming his own independent game studio. Polygon broke the story, and IGN (and likely other news sites) have exclusive interviews planned. Here is what Igarashi had to say about his decision:

I've decided to break out on my own to have the freedom to make the kind of games I really want to make - the same kind I think fans of my past games want as well. Leaving Konami was a big decision, and not one I took lightly - I've spent my entire career there, made many friends, and had a lot of great opportunities - but I hope all the gamers and fans who have supported me in the past will join me in being excited about what comes next. Wish me luck!

We certainly wish Mr. Igarashi the best of luck on his new venture! (As well as a much-deserved happy birthday - the man with the stylish hat turned 46 today!)

Based on his statements, I wouldn't be too surprised if Igarashi announces a new Metroidvania-style game sometime this week - likely to be funded on Kickstarter. (Also remember that series composer Michiru Yamane is now independent, so it would not be surprising if she was recruited.) The announcement might even come at Mr. Igarashi's much-anticipated talk "There and back again: Koji Igarashi's Metroidvania tale" on Friday, which promises "an exploration of his experiences and methodology in creating some of the most popular and influential games in the genre over the last 15 years." Calculated prediction or fan speculation?? We'll have more word after the talk.

Image from Eurogamer.

Until next time...
Captain Commando

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Super Metroid: 20 Years of Badass Fanart

Dear friends, we are fast approaching the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest video games of all time. Do we have a great week planned for you all! To kick it off, I have compiled together what I feel are some of the greatest pieces of Super Metroid fan art you can find on DeviantArt. You may all know how I am a rabid collector of the best fan art on the site. My obsession led to me recruiting many of its members to help with our ongoing Bestiary Project. As of this writing, we are at a whopping 3,743 favorites in our gallery, and the gallery still continues to grow every week. Mastery and quality of work really shines through in these pieces, and I hope you all can appreciate them as much as I do. The effort, time, and sheer beauty sprawling out of these works is a testament to the lives it has touched over the last 20 years. Come back all this week for more features on Super Metroid's 20th Anniversary!

The first round comes from artist Eric Ridgeway, who has created breathtaking pieces of 4 of the 10 bosses from Super Metroid.

Draygon Crocomire Phantoon Ridley

Next up we have artist Chris Zesiul whose eight mood-enriching pieces leaves me in utter awe. Just beautiful work here, Chris.

Ridley & Baby Spore Spawn Kraid Crocomire Phantoon Draygon Ridley Mother Brain

Round three is by Chilean artist Joaquin Zamora, aka Jaquio, another huge fan of the game. His art doesn't focus as much on the epic, or grandiose-scale boss battles, but has instead opted to interpret the quiet moments of Samus's trek across Planet Zebes in the most beautiful way possible.

Hyper Beam Going to Maridia Samus in Maridia Norfair

Of course we can't forget Sebastian Franchini, another Chilean artist (and also friends with previous artist Jaquio) who has drawn two pieces, enriching us with imaginative visions of the alien environments of Crateria and Brinstar.

Spore Spawn Crateria

A traditional artist from Russia, Liris-san's "Whispers of the Maridia" is perhaps one of the most gorgeous interpretations ever made of the area. Though the creatures of the submerged area are not to be taken lightly, this piece leaves me peaceful and satisfied.

Whispers of the Maridia

The Dachora taught Samus how to use the Shinespark. A recreation of this scene can be seen in these two pieces by Brazilian artist Daniel Uires, aka Snopao.

Dachora Dachora

This is the "Samus in a Badass Pose" section. These images show off Super Metroid in a creative montage with Samus doing what she does best.

Samus SM Tribute Running the Gauntlet

The last two pieces are recreations - one is a highly detailed, realistic rendering of the boxart by ImmarArt:

Super Metroid boxart

Finally is the title screen, recreated in HD by Modus Produkt. We've posted it up here on our site before, but I felt it deserved another go.

Title Screen HD

Fantastic work, everyone! You're all amazing artists and fans. Please keep doing what you're doing! This is only a small hint of the fanart that's out there made by extremely talented people all over the world. I highly recommend you visit our DA page and check out the thousands of other works in our favorites gallery.

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