Super Smash Bros. for Switch confirmed at the very end. Watch the rest for all the other announcements!
Metroid: Samus Returns does it again! Samus took home the gold at the D.I.C.E. awards this year, taking the title of “Handheld Game of the Year”, making MercurySteam the first Spanish development studio to win such award. Mercury Steam took to twitter to announce their win and to thank fans for the support. This is another big win in list of many for MercurySteam, as Metroid: Samus Returns has received many accolades since its release.
We are very happy and proud to announce Metroid: Samus Returns has won "Handheld Game of the Year" at the #DICEAwards hold by @Official_AIAS. Thanks to your support, we are the first spanish studio to win this award! #MetroidSamusReturns #DICE18 pic.twitter.com/cuHSKf3bz6
— MercurySteam (@mercurysteam) February 23, 2018
Metroid: Samus Returns was nominated alongside Monster Hunter Stories (3ds Capcom), Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3ds Nintendo), Etrian Odyssey V (3ds, ATLUS), and Dragon Quest VIII (3ds Square Enix/Nintendo).
Congratulations to MercurySteam on their big win!
Full List of Winners:
Hi! Lillith here with an exciting new post about Metroid fan music. Now I’m sure most of you have heard of Stemage. But for those who haven’t, you’re in for a real treat. Started in 2003 by a man named Grant Henry, Metroid Metal “is a place to celebrate the mysterious and hypnotic melodies from Nintendo’s classic game series”. Check them out and give ’em some love at http://www.metroidmetal.com/ ! I’ll start you off with one of my personal faves. In honor of Metroid: Samus Returns, here’s Stemage’s “The Tunnel”!
It’s that time again! Four, ultra-cool Metroid-inspired tshirts are available from Once Upon A Tee. Choose one for $13, or get all four designs for $11 each. OUAT offers excellent quality clothing and accessories and comes highly recommended. The designs will become unavailable next Monday, Feb. 5, so order before they’re gone!
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We don’t share too much fanart here on the main site, but this was too good to pass up.
Troy Powers (yep, that’s his real name!) has created what he believes to be the first and most complex Power Suit arm cannon ever made. Weighing in at 8 lbs., The arm cannon is fully robotic; meaning there are actual servos and computer tech attached to the four “missile” hatches that open up, and work via buttons activated on the inside. He explains all of it in the video below.
The result is definitely a sight to behold. Troy assures us that he’s not done with this prototype, and plans on enhancing it more by adding sound and lighting effects. Good luck Troy, and keep us updated! Maybe at some point you can create Wave Beam tech!
Shinesparkers has just released their exclusive interview with Jack Mathews, one of the Lead Technical Engineers for the entire Prime series. Jack reveals a lot of internal secrets during the games’ developments. He discusses his proudest environment in the series’ history (I bet you can guess!), his distaste for MP2’s multiplayer, as well as the game’s downfalls, and even his feelings when Prime 4 was first announced. There’s also plenty more juicy bits about the games’ mostly undocumented and secret dev history that any fan of the games will appreciate.
Don’t miss this great interview over at Shinesparkers.net.
As a little Christmas present, TJ Rappel scanned his official developer’s map of Super Metroid at a much higher resolution, so we can now make out the details! I’ve picked out a few interesting details so far, mainly some boss names were changed later in development:
- Crocomire is listed as トケラ (Tokera) which is derived from the word for “melt” (tokeru) and might be a pun on Godzilla (Gojira) – basically “Melting Lizard”. After all, the developers were big fans of monster movies.
- Phantoon was called オバケーン (Obakeen) which is derived from the word for “ghost” or “phantom” (obake). So Phantoon is a really good way of rendering that.
- Draygon didn’t have a development name before the NOA team got the map.
- I can’t tell what Spore Spawn is since the writing is so blurry. I think it says スリコ (Suriko) but can’t make sense of it.
- Botwoon is named the same, as are, of course, Kraid, Ridley, the Torizo, and Mother Brain.
We’re not sure yet if the level design changed any after this map was made, but it’s pretty cool to finally get a good look at this treasure!
Our good friend Kurt Kalata over at Hardcore Gaming 101 recently posted a series of reviews for the Metroid series! He’s covered all the sidescrolling games, including AM2R. Check ’em out!
Happy new year everyone~! 2017 was a fantastic year for our site, as we had this awesome overhaul and all our success on social media. The #Memetroid Contest is also off to a great start – we’ve had a bunch of submissions so far and will be sharing them regularly with y’all as the weeks go by. Check them all out on our social media pages or simply search for the hashtag #memetroid to see the entries thus far. Don’t forget you have until the 27th of this month to get those entries in. The sooner the better, because you’ll be increasing your chances of having others vote on your meme.
Here’s a few things in the works:
- New Forum: We are going to improve the MDb Message Board. This includes creating a brand new theme for the whole thing and getting everything working. In its current state it’s quite limited, so we apologize for its lacking of standard features. We hope you’ll be patient with us while we get that ready.
- Comics & Manga: Lots of people have been wondering where it went. Well it’s coming back but we need to make sure it will be in a format that is good enough for everyone. Our old reader was quite antequated so we’re trying to improve it considerably. Don’t forget we also have to develop for mobile site now so it’s a big job that ain’t gonna happen overnight.
- Music: Most of our music is available within the individual game sections. If you want to download an individual track, simply Right Click, Save Link As… We know you want the entire albums to download as a single .zip file and we’re definitely going to bring those back later in the year.
- Features: Finally, our features, which includes over 40 individual articles from us are coming back, but again, we are developing a new format for these pages so they can be easily and comfortably read. It’s not just a simple copy-paste job; each article will have to be hand-entered into our CMS. The Metroid Database is run by a very small staff exclusively in our spare time, so thanks for sticking with us and understanding that we aren’t married to this site. We all have lives outside of the MDb – we’ll definitely be back to our former glory in the coming months.
Looking forward to what 2018 brings!