Former Halo Artist Snags Job as Lead Character Artist on MP4
As most Metroid fans know, we suffer through droughts on the latest news, so times like these we take what we can get.
We’re excited to learn that, via Video Games Chronicle, Kyle Hefley, a senior character artist for Microsoft’s 343 Industries, has been chosen for the Lead Character Aritst position at Retro Studios. Kyle is an industry veteran with almost a decade of experience under his belt. We are quite enthusiastic that Kyle will do the Metroid franchise justice and look forward to what he has in store for us!
Here’s a very small sample of Kyle’s work. Be sure to check out his portfolio website for many more amazing 3D models!
Happy 23rd Anniversary
The Metroid Database celebrates its 23rd anniversary today. We are very proud to be the stewards of the Metroid community on the internet for this long. We’re extremely excited for Prime 4 like everyone else, which is the best gift any Metroid fan could receive.
Speaking of gifts, we hope Nintendo finally gives fans more merch, like more tshirts, posters, wallets, backpacks, etc. IF YOU MAKE IT, WE WILL BUY IT! (tbf, it does seem to be slowly trickling in a lot more lately) Don’t let the scalpers spoil it for us, Nintendo! Speaking of merch…
Starting today through 10/21:
If you ever wanted one of our pins, now’s the time. Plain and simple: the more people who buy merch from us, the more we will add to the store.
Thank you all so much for your likes, follows, comments, and retweets, and EVERYTHING you have done for us over the years. We truly appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts. As of this writing our Social Media follower counts are:
- Twitter: 12.3K!
- Facebook: 9611 (Hoping to pass 10k by the end of the year)
- Instagram: 6763
- Twitch: 322
- Discord: 670
This is 100% organic reach – we have never, and probably will never, purchase ads from these outlets. So thank you all, once again, for giving us the love and admiration and following us throughout the years. I’d also like to deeply thank my staff members – Sagi, Rue, and Lillith – for all their incredible contributions over the last year. You are all so awesome and I’m so grateful to have such passionate members of my staff helping me! <3
Happy Bounty Hunting. –Ryan
Once Upon A Tee’s New Samus Designs
Yes folks, Once Upon a Tee is back once again with 4 beautiful new Samus-inspired designs for you. This time we have Varia Suit, Dark Samus, Light Suit, and PED Suit – which might be the first time I’ve ever seen this suit on a shirt!
The tshirts are $13 each, or you can get the designs printed on many different types of apparel – 22 in all!
Sale ends Monday, don’t delay!
15% discount on all MDB Store Items from now through 9/1
Stay Cool This Summer with Shirts from Once Upon A Tee
That’s right folks – this holiday weekend you can get your hands on these cool custom Metroid-themed tshirts from our favorite tshirt maker, Once Upon A Tee.
It’s $13 per design or get all 4 for $44.
(That’s only $11 per shirt!)
Click the image to go to the store:
Better act fast – this deal is only good through Monday!
Former Metroid Prime Engineer Passes Away
We’ve been informed via the Bluepoint Games’ Facebook page that former Metroid Prime 1 & 2 Lead engineer and co-founder of Bluepoint Games, Andy O’Neil has passed away. He was 47. Cause of death was not announced. Andy was an Austinite, like me.
We at the Metroid Database pass on our deepest condolences to Andy’s friends and family and are eternally grateful to his countless contributions to the Metroid series.
Once Upon A Tee – “Smashvengers” and more!
The most ambitious crossover event in history has just gotten a little more…ambitious. Once Upon a Tee has placed their “Smashvengers” design on sale this week, along with other Samus/Metroid-related designs for only $13 a shirt!
Don’t delay – this deal ends on Monday, May 13 at 11am, PST! And please remember to click-through our provided images so we can be credited for the sale. Your purchases directly help our website exist. Thank you so much!
New Twitter Giveaway: 10k Followers
Just a few hours left to reign in on the 25th Anniversary of Super Metroid’s release in North America. Today we’re also announcing a brand new giveaway via our Twitter account:
And here’s pics of the main prizes!
If you own any Metroid Database swag with our logo on it, you can also use that as an entry as long as you follow all the other rules.
As always, thanks for all your follows and support over the years. Cheers!
Metroid HD – update
If you follow our site closely, you may remember back in August of last year we covered a new type of ROMhack/mod for the original NEStroid – in the form of Metroid HD. This is a special mod that requires a certain emulator called Mesen, which allows you to do a whole slew of things to old NES games, such as re-skin all the graphics to make them “non-8-bit.”
Mod maker Aclectico has recently updated his mod. He’s even created a new trailer for it! As seen below:
Here’s a list of some of the things that have been updated in this version:
- New pre-assembled zip files for custom graphics and sound
- Overhauled running and jumping animations (5 frames are now used for running)
- A small and secret room is now located in Brinstar
- The “minimap” is now an “automap”
- The download bundle now includes pre-assembled zip files for alternate templated graphics.
Check out the game yourself by downloading the patch here: http://www.romhacking.net/forum/index.php?topic=26811.0
Note: Metroid Database will not provide ROMs or assist with game patching or emulation. You’re on your own. Good luck!