This week on OMP, A&D discuss the incredible history of Retro Studios and their journey to making Metroid Prime. Listen to learn all about Retro’s rocky past including:

  • Sleazy rockstar game dev execs
  • Embezzlement
  • Soul-destroying crunch
  • Massive layoffs
  • Three canceled games! (Not to mention Prime almost followed suit.)

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Today, we bring you an interview with artist Thormeister who caught our attention with the chibi-styled, Metroid-themed, “Dr. Chozo” comics.

Thormeister: I got my start way back in 1994 with doing short stories in several reader-submitted annuals published by Indy comic company Antarctic Press.  After several years of doing that I started my first original series, named “Tales of Marga” which was featured in Radio Comix’s anthology book Furrlough.  This went on until around 2011 when I was selected to be published in Udon Entertainment’s Mega Man Tribute book.  This kicked off a busy time for me, which is still going on today!  Since that book I’ve worked with several Indy musicians including Mega Ran (@MegaRan) doing album covers and t-shirt designs as well working with video game magazines and book publishers such as Nintendo Force Magazine (@nintendoforce), Old School Gamer Magazine (@OsgMagazine), Switch Player Magazine (@SwitchPlayerMag)and Hardcore Gaming 101 (@HG_101).  (I hope this is brief enough!  If not please feel free to edit it where you see fit.)

 

Tell us about your mashup comic. The Metroid series is known for its darker & serious tone. How did you come up with the idea for a lighthearted take on the series?

 

Dr. Chozo and Samus-Chan is a mash-up of two of my favorite things: Metroid and the Dr. Slump manga by Akira  Toriyama.  I just thought it would be fun to have a silly take on Samus’ younger days so I just went with it!  Dr. Norimaki’s absurd inventions and adventures seem to fit in with the Metroid universe considering Samus turns into a ball and hangs out with pirates and space jellyfish.

Can we expect more adventures with Dr. Chozo & Samus-Chan?

 

Dr. Chozo and Samus-Chan is currently running in Nintendo Force Magazine and will be for the foreseeable future, so be sure to catch it there.  I’m currently finishing up a Super Smash Brothers storyline there, and next up will be Samus-Chan’s first meeting with Crocomire.  As you can see, I’m not adhering to the timeline set forth but just having fun with the characters.

What was your first Nintendo system and what was the Metroid game that made you a fan of the series? What was it about the game that appealed to you?

 

My first Nintendo system was the NES, which I received for Christmas back in 1988.  My experience with Metroid started with the first game and it made quite an impact on me.  I had never played a game with such a focus on exploration and finding secrets so this was an eye-opener for me.  I even drew out a map on a giant piece of paper to keep myself from getting lost.  It also blew my mind when Samus was revealed to be girl – the fan art I drew back then I had created before I completed the game depicted Samus as a man so I was more than a little shocked when she popped out of the armor in a bathing suit!  Needless to say, I adjusted my art after that.

You have an extensive catalogue of videgame artwork and a long history of involment in videogame industry media, what do you think it is about videogames that differentiates them from other form of entertainment media?

 

For me, it’s the way games are interactive.  With comics or movies, you are a passive participant.  Video games however are a completely different beast – you can control the outcome of the story making it truly yours and unique to each individual.

The MDB would like to thank Thormeister for taking the time to answer our questions and allowing us to share his art. Make sure you check out the rest of his awesome work at:

https://www.deviantart.com/thormeister/about

 

 

 

 

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This post may be a day late, but better late than never. Yesterday on social media we announced our Metroid 34th Anniversary Twitter Giveaway featuring a smattering of great prizes. Here’s the official details:

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If you want to enter, simply head on over to our Twitter page and follow the rules. Giveaway submissions end on August 14th, 11:59pm, so get those in by the end of next Thursday if you want to enter!


Next we have an amazing video courtesy of Metroid Cosplay. The 17+ min long video features over 50 different Samus and other Metroid creatures cosplayers from around the world. The video is a very touching tribute to Metroid and all fans should not pass it by. The format of the video is a fun meme used frequently among TikTok users, where they “pass the brush” (in this case a Metroid) and transform into costume using a simple cover up the lens transition. Check it out below.


Congratulations to all the cosplayers and everyone involved in making this super awesome video. I will admit I got a little choked up seeing all the love for Metroid so strongly featured in this video. And thanks to “sprite cosplayer” Dan Cattell for his undying passion and organizing the video.

If you’re also a Metroid cosplayer or simply a cosplayer spectator and want to join in on this growing community, check out their Linktree.

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Hey everyone, I wanted to let you know that I just created a new page on the site: T-shirts. This page is a showcase of every Metroid or Samus-related t-shirt that you can get over at Once Upon A Tee. (The link to this page is also found under the Main submenu above.)

 

Once Upon A Tee’s site unfortunately doesn’t have a search bar or an easy way to find these unless you browse through each individual artist. This resolves that, making it super easy to view all the Metroid designs they have available. Enjoy~!

 

[Site: Tshirts Page]

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Note: Poster image will not be watermarked.

Today I’d like to unveil to you a very special new product. Anyone who’s been following our social media accounts should be aware of this print: The Bosses. I have been waiting for months to finally make this available to you and now it’s within our grasp. As of this writing, the poster is being produced at the printmaker and will be made available later this month!

 

You can see the listing for it at our store here.

 

Many of you have expressed a lot of excitement for this print and I can’t wait until it’s in your hands. At a whopping 18″x24″, the poster is massive and should be something any fan of Super Metroid would be proud to have hanging on their wall. Just make sure you put this baby in a frame! 

 

We’ll make another post everywhere when the print is available to purchase. The first run will be 100 prints but if there is enough demand, we may have more made. Until then, see you next mission!

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Nice little easter egg found in Smash Ultimate. Apparently you can freeze the Metroid assist trophy and destroy the Metroid if you have access to a freezing weapon of any kind. There are 4 characters in the game that have freezing attacks: Lucas, Ice Climbers, Mr. Game & Watch, and Hero.

 

All other characters can use the Freezie item (pictured) and throw it at the Metroid. After being frozen, Samus takes 4 normal Missiles or 3 Super Missiles to destroy it.

 

 

Props to Jon Cartwright of GameXplain for bringing this cool easter egg to light.

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Andy & Dak have a lot to say about Metroid Prime Federation Force and why it ended up being so forgettable. Come listen, PLUS hear our thoughts on some of the games announced at Day of Devs and hear what we think of Min Min joining SSBU! Give it a listen or click the banner below. You can also follow the podcast on Twitter, @omegametroidpod.

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Traverse Hyrule in style with these three excellent mods, created by Yainskofso. These Metroid Mods allow new models, outfits and music, from the Metroid universe, to be integrated into the Wii U version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The mods are accessible trough a Wii U with custom firmware, or via Cemu (Instructions at the end of this post).

 

 

Samus Saves Hyrule, in this Awesome Metroid Mod

Features of the Samus Mod:

 

Replaces Samus (without armor) over Link, with voice replacement too

9 costume sets are featured, also dyeables in each color shown in the game:

  • The power suit from Metroid other M over the Ancient armor
  • (this one has a downloable standalone file, for other character usage)
  • The zero suit from from SSB4 and Metroid other M over Of the Wild set
  • The sport outfit from Metroid Zero Mission over the Climber set
  • A Warm Jacket designed from a Metroid other M militar outfit
  • A new design for the Champion tunic based on the Chozo design
  • A custom set based on the female travelers (UMii) over the Hylian set
  • A custom set designed from the Worn set
  • A new designed Barbarian set
  • A custom Switch shirt with 3 designs (WiiU, CemU and Switch) (The download come individually, so you can choice one)

Also, a baby Metroid design replaces the paraglider.

 

 

Transform Link’s motorbike into

Samus’ iconic Ship

 

The Gunship Mod turns Link’s Master Cycle Zero motorbike into Samus’ trademark ride. The Gunship, of course, is limited to the same actions as the Master Cycle and its design is smaller and very reminscent of the Gunship in Metroid Blast from Nintendo Land (Wii U).

 

 

More Metroid Goodness Awaits…

Whether its riding on the sky on a baby Metroid glider, fighting bosses with the iconic Super Metroid boss theme blaring (with the Metroid BGM Mod), or exploring the countryside in the Zero Suit, these awesome mods will further increase the replay value of the classic Breath of the Wild. Thank you Yainskofso for your stellar work!

 

See & Hear the Mods in Action!

Getting Started with Mods

Cemu Wii U Emulator

Mod Installation Instructions

 

The Metroid Mods are separated into three parts:

  1. Samus Mod
  2. Metroid Soundtrack Pack
  3. Gunship Mod

 

 

 

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Omega Metroid Podcast starts a new feature today: Inspired By Metroid! Of course, not every week is filled with Metroid news (or games for that matter), so we’re gonna point people towards then next best thing: games inspired by Metroid! First up: Axiom Verge. Give it a listen or click the banner below. You can also follow the podcast on Twitter, @omegametroidpod.

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