Many of you who were alive in 2002 may remember this and anticipating Prime’s release in November. This YouTube user has recently scanned the film reel in a machine called the Gugusse Roller (which is a complete, open, and fully functional analog motion picture film scanner) and converted the whole thing to 4K! Revel in all its glory:

Fan Stuff, Media, YouTube


Metroid Dead reached 2.90 Million units sold according to Nintendo’s recently released financial report, making it the best-selling Metroid game in the franchise! Congrats to Nintendo, Mercury Steam and most importantly, to the fans, both old and new, for supporting the franchise! Let’s keep this momentum going!

Another interesting tidbit from the financial report is about Metroid Prime 4 with an expected (and not surprising) launch date of “TBA.” Considering that development was restarted in 2019 and staff-hirings have been ongoing, it is no big shocker that we are nowhere near an official release date.


Lets cross our fingers for some preview footage soon though!


Media, Metroid News


We don’t normally post “soundbyte” news, but in this case, we had to make an exception. Reggie Fils-Aimé, the former president of Nintendo of America for 13 years, recently conducted an interview with a podcast called Kinda Funny Gamescast. When asked about a game that didn’t perform as well as he had hoped, he touched on some thoughts about Other M, where he had predicted the game was going to create a long lasting, positive impression on the fans, which in fact it got quite the opposite due to its heavy handed writing and “unfavorable” depictions of Samus’s personality.

“I really thought that that was going to be a defining moment for the Metroid franchise. It was giving much more of a perspective about Samus. I really thought that was going to be a killer moment in the franchise’s history, and it wasn’t. It didn’t deliver – not the business results, it really didn’t touch the player the way we hoped it would.

Interestingly, I was in a large group meeting, a strategy meeting with Iwata and Miyamoto and the game developers, and we talked about why not. I was always the brash American. I was the one who would say what I believed was truth to try and help the business move forward. The point I made to the developers was it took too long to get into the meat and potatoes of this game. The first five hours of the game, you kind of “plodded along.” There wasn’t a lot of payoff, there was a lot of dialog, and I’m sure I pissed people off in the room. But I said, ‘The learning here was the player wants to get into this much faster. Yes, there are elements we need to do from a tutorial standpoint to help them understand the game mechanics, but you need to move things further along much quicker.’ And hopefully that advice had a little bit of an impact on the developers in the room.”

Listen to the entire Podcast Episode here. (The soundbyte happens ~16:45 mark.)

Community, Metroid News, Podcast


Earlier this week we unveiled a new bonus for anyone who decides to Boost our Discord Server.

Purchase a Server Boost for the Metroid Database Discord for at least 1 month
You must contact admin @Infinity’s End via DM and provide me with your mailing address. (I’m not going to do this automatically!)
Will ship anywhere in the world.
1 free sticker pack per member. That’s it!

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • 3″ MDB Circle Magnet
  • 2″ MDB circle sticker
  • 3″ Metroid sticker
  • 2″ 8-bit Metroid pixel sticker
  • 2″ 8-bit Samus pixel sticker
  • 1.5″ 8-bit Screw Attack pixel sticker
  • 2″ Holographic S-Logo sticker
  • +1 extra mystery bonus sticker!


Thanks to all existing Server Boosters!

Community, Merch/Swag, Website


New Zealand-based Kiwi Talkz is back again this time with the creator and lead developer of AM2R, a game some consider to be the best Metroid fangame ever made.

Here’s an idea: Instead of reading headlines and skimming for juicy soundbytes, why don’t you watch the entire thing? You might learn something.

Community, Podcast, YouTube


Nintendo finally and inevitably announced the date in which they will be closing the eShop for good. This includes both the WiiU and 3DS eShops: March 2023.

People are upset because this means people won’t be able to “officially” access the library of potentially hundreds of games which are only available through their respective eShops without having to resort to piracy. On the other hand, Nintendo is a company that runs a business, and don’t have infinite money. Sad they can’t offer a better solution, but is it really their responsibility?

I do think preservation is important, but what likely matters more to Nintendo is that they aren’t going into the red. Sometimes tough decisions need to be made, and this is one of them. And we all knew the eShop wasn’t going to be around forever.


Regardless of where you stand on this issue, currently the only way you can officially purchase and play digital versions of the following Metroid games are through the eShops. Get ’em before they’re gone; you have barely more than a year left.

  • Metroid Prime Trilogy – WiiU eShop
  • Metroid Other M – WiiU eShop
  • Metroid Prime Hunters – WiiU eShop
  • Metroid – Wii U / 3DS eShop
  • Metroid II: Return of Samus – 3DS eShop
  • Super Metroid – Wii U / 3DS eShop (“NEW” 3DS models only)
  • Metroid Fusion – WiiU eShop
  • Metroid Zero Mission – WiiU eShop
  • Metroid Prime Federation Force – 3DS eShop
  • Metroid Samus Returns – 3DS eShop


Metroid and Super Metroid are also currently available as titles through Nintendo Switch Online subscription service.

Lastly, I’ll say you’re free to disagree with me, no one has to agree all the time. I just don’t think this is as bad as everyone’s making it out to be.



Community, Metroid News