While we don’t usually make a habit of stoking rumors, podcaster Jeff Grubb has once again made a definitive note that the long-rumored Metroid Prime HD is coming to Switches everywhere this holiday season. This would be an incredibly well-timed move for Nintendo, as the game will be celebrating its 20th anniversary come November (along with Fusion.). Watch the excerpt below for the full quote:


It’s hard not to get caught up in the hype as Prime remains one of the greatest titles in the series’ history and fans are frothing at the mouth for Nintendo to give this game a proper HD remaster (not a port like we got with Trilogy). As always, take rumors with a huge grain of salt, but my fingers are crossed for it. I’ve also taken the time to create a mockup boxart for it. Enjoy.

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Synamax, who we reported on a while back, is an indie composer who has been dedicated to one thing lately: deconstructing the music of the Metroid Prime series. During his investigation, he was able to uncover that series composer Kenji Yamamoto used a sample CD called Uncivilised G’rooves as a base for nearly all of the sound design for the music of Prime 1 and Prime 2.

 

Ever diligent, the remixer put his skills to the test and flawlessly recreated the Torvus Bog theme from Prime 2 in its entirety. That was the last straw for Nintendo, unfortunately. Their legal rep contacted the YouTuber and asked him to take down the content including the recreation track and several other remixes, citing he would need “compulsory licenses” to upload the tracks on his channel.

In the video above, Synamax explains the situation, but after this, he is no longer interested in anything Nintendo-related and seems to be washing his hands of the company once and for all. We don’t blame you dude – this kind of corporate bullying is very petty, even from them. Synamax in no way makes money off this and he never planned to. All he wanted to do is educate and preserve, also pointing out the fact that Nintendo missed their chance releasing Prime 2 & 3’s soundtracks officially. Guess Nintendo really hates that kind of thing?

 

Anyway, working with him directly, we’re now hosting .mp3 and .flac files of the track. You can find it here. You can also download a video version of the track featuring a visualizer of when each sample plays. Enjoy.

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Dear friends, today I bring you one of my proudest moments: The Spinning Bug rotating enamel pin.

I have had this idea for several years and due to our incredibly successful store sales, was able to finally bring it to fruition. I hope you all enjoy this pin as much as I had getting it made.


We’ve also dropped 4 brand new pin designs, iterations on the “Prime-style” S-Logo:


These pins can be purchased as a set of 5 or you can buy them individually. Head on over to our store and get yours today!

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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:

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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!

 

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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.)

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

Requirements:
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!

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