In regards to the action figure’s accessories, it will come with a standard Figma stand, Morph Ball, Omega Cannon, 2 additional hands, and a Spider Magnet. The Spider Magnet seems to have a hand and foot attached to it permanetly, so you’ll need to remove her foot and hand in order to attach her to it. I hope the underside of the Spider Magnet is actually magnetic; I know a lot of folks who want to hang Dread Samus on their fridge.
Nintendo Switch Online subscribers are being treated to Wave 4 of Classic NES icons. This final wave has 5 (yes, five!) Classic NES Metroid icons to decorate your profile with. They’ll set you back 10 platinum points each, but these points are a breeze to aquire doing simple Nintendo Missions.
Wave 4 of the Classic NES icons will only be available until October 3 at 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET
During a livestream on the Japanese-only MaxFactory YouTube channel yesterday, they announced the preorder date for new Samus Aran Metroid Dread version Figma that all of us have been drooling over this past year: Tuesday, September 27th. We can see that she’ll come packaged with her special Omega Cannon which I am extremely happy about. I hope she does come with a few more accessories this time around, too.
Please note these images are screengrabs from a YouTube video.
As for exactly where to preorder, since it hasn’t been exactly revealed when the product will be released in the west, you’ll need to go through a Japanese figurine exporter. Personally I like to use Amiami, but there are many others like Hobby-Genki or Anime Export. I can’t recommend one over the other – you’ll need to shop around on your own!
Like all of you, I can’t wait to get this incredible figure in my hands.
Long overdue, but better late than never, I’ve just added the maps to all the areas from Dread. You can view the entire world map (linked below) or view each area individually on our maps page. I hope you enjoy as these are some of the best maps out there.
As usual, they were created by one of the best and most passionate Metroid cartographers in the world, Daniel Dubreuil, which offers his own site, Metroid Map Station.
So happy that Ghost Song is coming out after all these years. Congrats to Matt White & his team on what looks to be the best Metroidvania released this year and might be a better game than Hollow Knight. I truly hope it wins some awards.
Dion, a hobbyist sculptor living in central Texas, was kind enough to allow me to visit his home and take photos of this beautiful Queen sculpture he made. Inspired by both Other M and Samus Returns, Dion recongized the lack of an official Queen statue, so he created his own.
The full diorama dimensions are 19″ x 8″ x 9″ (48 x 20 x 23cm).
Samus is 3.5″
Starship is 8″
The Queen features a light-up morph ball within its belly, representing when Samus Power Bombs it in the epic battle within both Metroid Samus Returns and Metroid Other M. The lower jaw also opens and closes. Dion also sculpted Samus’s classic gunship and mounted it on a Starlink controller chassy. Until some modder comes along, it’s the only way we’ll ever get Samus into Starlink!
Enjoy the gallery of this awesome creation!
Once agan I’d like to thank Dion for his generosity in allowing me to view his artwork. Dion goes by @ninsonyfan on Twitter.
Hey everyone, here is a video going over how Metroid Dread nailed the formula of the series to bring us yet another exciting title in our favorite franchise.
Once again want to extend my thanks to the MDB team for allowing me to share some of the videos, and I hope you all enjoy it.
This weekend in Japan is SmileFest 2022, a festival which allows toy manufacturer GoodSmile to show off all its upcoming lines of new products. Two of them are from Metroid Dread – Power Suit Samus and the EMMI. The EMMI is not painted yet but both action figures look incredibly accurate to their game iterations:
These are currently the only images that are available online.
If you’re unsure where to buy, I personally use a website called amiami.com which allows you to get these highly sought-after Japanese action figures. I would also like to remind you that Nintendo did bring over the other two Samus Figmas to North America so it’s incredibly likely they’ll bring Dread Samus & EMMI over here as well. As far as pricing goes, nothing has been announced, but it’s likely Samus will retail ~$70-80 and the EMMI will be $120-140. (Don’t quote me on that!)
In other news, today is the 36th Anniversary of Metroid 1’s release in Japan. Here’s a copy/paste of the statement I made about Metroid on our social media sites:
Happy 36th anniversary to Metroid, the game that started it all!
It’s very telling about Nintendo’s marketing budget priorities at the time when you compare these two TV commercials. The North American version basically shows a kid in a chair with some very low budget special effects, your standard “let’s get kids excited” VO, and only lasts 13 seconds. The Japanese version features great sfx, a person in a game-accurate M1 Samus costume surfing on a giant FDS cartridge, with a robotic voiceover. And shows tons of game footage. Lasts 30 seconds.
M1 may not look like much by today’s standards, but if you give it some time, the game is truly an enjoyable one. I highly recommend those who haven’t beat Metroid on NES to go and try it. Yes, it’s difficult – especially knowing that if you die you restart with 30 health. There are alternatives to make the game less demanding.
1. Use NARPASSWORD 000000 000000 to give you infinite health and all the weapons at start. You can then breeze through the game without any problems.
2. If you have the Online Subscription on Switch, you can rewind time on their NES offering, so it may make the game a little less frustrating but still get the feeling of the game’s challenge.
3. There are also hacks people have made (including yours truly) which allow the game to be enjoyed and be accessible without ruining the overall experience.
OT: Currently my entire family (parents, sister & her fam) are bracing Hurricane Ian. If you know anyone who's facing the storm, might be a good time to reach out to them and tell them you're thinking about them during this time. Hurricanes are no joke. Stay safe, y'all. ❤️ -Ryan