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Metroid/Samus Origins and Influences by Critical Kate

Required viewing for Metroid fans. Incredible retrospective by Critical Kate.

Metroid Dread ad featuring Brie Larson

Brie recently posted this on her Instagram page. In case you’ve been living under a rock the last year or two, Brie has been outspoken in her love for Metroid and Samus and expressed how she would love to play her in a possible movie. Heated arguments ensued.

While I personally don’t think Brie would be a good fit for Samus, I would not be protesting or dying on that hill. My preferences for any kind of show-based Metroid content would strictly animated, either 2D or a 3D cel-shaded animated series like Pacific Rim: The Black on Netflix.


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New Metroid Dread Trailer

Nintendo still pumping out the ads for Dread. Looks like they’re going to push it as hard as they can for the holiday season.

Metroid Mission Logs – Scanned

Finally, it’s here. The full scan of Metroid Mission Logs, which is the title of the art book that came with Metroid Dread Special Edition, is available on our site. This 192-page book is an amazing trip down memory lane, as well as a close look into the concept art behind MercurySteam’s incredible Metroid Dread. Their concept artists are incredibly talented and this book is a testament to all of the hard work that was put into the game.


Sadly, the book doesn’t contain all of the classic key art that was released over the last 35 years. Notably missing is a bunch of stuff from Zero Mission – Mother Brain, Ridley, Ridley Robot, King Worm, Mua, the 3 forms of Kiru Giru, the Ruins test, the Chozo tribes art, and worst of all, absolutely NO Zero Suit Samus! Not a single image of her in the entire book. It’s kind of baffling, honestly.


Maybe some of you have seen other scans of this art book floating elsewhere around the internet. I’ve seen one scan myself and I can’t say I enjoyed looking at it, the scan quality was…subpar, to say the least. Settle for nothing less. It took me a while since I scanned it at 600dpi and then cleaned up and adjusted the levels for each page, one at a time. Anyway, hope you enjoy it!


Download by clicking the cover image below: (125MB, .pdf)

Metroid Dread Accolades Trailer

I’m a little late on this one but better late than never!

MDb 25th Anniversary, Dread Review

We are all beyond grateful and happy about Metroid Dread. The staff and I had numerous chats and texts while playing the game and I enjoy talking all about it and the game’s lore with the community at large. Pardon my French, but it’s a fucking amazing time to be a Metroid fan. I haven’t felt this good about Metroid since Prime 3 came out. I’ve been continuously active on Twitter more than ever, trying to keep up with the hundreds of posts about the game. From what I gathered, y’all really love it, too. It almost feels like I was grounded for 19 years and my folks finally let me out of my bedroom. In traditional fashion, I have written and published my (relatively spoiler-free) Metroid Dread review. Please give it a read. And while I doubt any of you who are reading this are on the fence about buying it, maybe some aspects of what I wrote will ring true with you.


Secondly, today marks the 25th “silver” anniversary of Metroid Database. Twenty-five years is a long time to be online as a fansite. There are so many out there that have came and went, but we’ve stayed strong all these years, despite not being a wiki. This is mostly due to supporters like you. We are giving back by offering a discount on our store this weekend (see the next post) and continue to look for new ways to create merch you will love.


And now the bad news. This is me stating I will be officially stepping away – temporarily – from working on the Metroid Database while I look inward at my personal life and career. I will not be leaving for good but it is nearly impossible to continue working on this site at my current capacity. I hope y’all understand and give me a break, because lord I need one. At a point in the near future, I will be officially announcing my departure. It will not be permanent.


Big shoutouts to my awesome staff members Sagi, Lillith, Rue, Carl, and Lyndi, as well as all staff members who have contributed over the years, and I’ll see you next mission.


Oh and of course our founder TJ, without him, this site wouldn’t exist! Go give him a follow.



Birthday Sale – $2.50 Off Everything in our Store

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Gamespot Interview with Yoshio Sakamoto

Sakamoto talks about Dread with Gamespot’s


Making Metroid Dread: Concluding The Saga, Samus’ Voice, And Cinematic Storytelling

Translating Chozo

Incredible video from NWR just dropped! BEWARE THERE ARE SPOILERS!

UPDATE 10/15/2021:

The Chozo cipher has been completed. It’s quite amazing how no one has ever been able to confirm the letter “F” yet! Q, I understand…

The image comes from @TorvusBolt on Twitter.

Unlockable Dread Gallery Time Requirements

Beating Dread in a certain amount of time will allow you to unlock artwork in your gallery. The artwork goes through the entire series. Here’s how to unlock them:

  • Metroid Zero Mission: Normal mode, 8+ Hours
  • Metroid Samus Returns: Normal mode, 4 – 8 Hours
  • Super Metroid: Normal mode, < 4 Hours
  • Metroid Other M: Hard mode, 8+ Hours
  • Metroid Fusion: Hard mode, 4 – 8 Hours
  • Metroid Dread: Hard mode, < 4 Hours

If you beat it under a certain time you will get all the other ones above that time. For example, if I played the game on normal and beat it in under 8 hours, I’d unlock both the Samus Returns image and the Zero Mission image. They are game mode specific though.

Acquiring 100% of the items will unlock all of the images in the Chozo Archives gallery.


After unlocking all of the images, you will unlock a final “completion” image which shows a large selection of all the characters from the series (non-Prime) history. There are two of these, one has suited Samus and one has Zero Suit Samus.


Of course we’ll host these images on the site once we can get clean, high-res, watermark-free copies. Stay tuned.

The unlockable galleries have been uploaded to our Dread Page. View them here. Warning these are HUGE spoilers so click only if you don’t want to earn them yourself!


In other news, the Dread Special Edition artbook will eventually be scanned and made available on our site. We’ll let you know when that happens.