Metroid Prime Movie Trailer in 4K
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:
Reggie’s False Other M Prediction
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.)
Did You Know Gaming? METROID PRIME
Mind-blowing revelations about Prime from the DYKG team! Check out this 25 minute video on the game’s early development history.
Discord Server Boost – Free Sticker Pack
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:
Thanks to all existing Server Boosters!
First 4 Figures: Samus Helmet Exclusive Edition
Twitter user Nightmare Phazon (@nintengoth) has generously taken this video of his new baby: The Samus Helmet Exclusive Edition from First 4 Figures. Bathe in all its glory.
Prime Logo Pins
Today we’ve released a brand new pin for your pleasure:
- From tip-to-tip of the ‘S’ is 2″
- Circle radius is 1.5″
- 3D engraved design with brushed metal accents
- Featuring red soft enamel
- Material: Antique Silver Metal
- 2.5″ backer card
- 2 metal butterfly clasps
- MDb URL backstamp
Kiwi Talkz – DoctorM64 interview
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.
Nintendo eShop Closure
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.
As of late March 2023, it will no longer be possible to make Nintendo eShop purchases for the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
More info: https://t.co/uGoxCcDZ70
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 16, 2022
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.
Metroid Dread Update – Today!
Announced today during the Nintendo Direct, Metroid Dread will receive an update today, completely free!
It will add:
- Dread Mode (1 hit kills)
- Rookie Mode (easy mode)
- And they also announced Boss Rush mode releasing in April!
Dread Sales Figures
Nintendo released its annual financial report. In the report you can see that since launch through December, Dread has sold 2.74M copies, making it the 2nd-highest selling Metroid title (1st being Prime).
This is great news and we hope Dread sales continue. Considering it’s just shy of 10k less than Prime’s overall sales, Dread is very poised to surpass it. At least give us some new cool Metroid merch, please, Nintendo?