What's MDb? Who's Responsible?
Welcome to the Metroid Database! This site is an unofficial informational resource dedicated to Nintendo's Metroid videogame series. The MDb was first launched on October 16, 1996, making it the very first Metroid website on the Internet, and has since grown to become the largest, most comprehensive volume of Metroid-related information in the world! Please enjoy your stay at the Metroid Database and visit us again often!
MEET TEAM MDb
The MDb was started by and maintained by one person, TJ Rappel, for the first five years of its existence. However, January 2002 brought about the first stages of a complete overhaul, and the current version of the site was launched in May 2002. With the newer, even more complete format came the addition of MDb staff members, affectionately known as "Team MDb."
In mid-2007, when two new dedicated members were added to the staff, TJ passed on the torch to them and the MDb took off once again, reaching out to Metroid fans far and wide.
In July 2011, a new editor, Aurora Unit, was added to Team MDb.
In September 2011, Rondus18, was added as a web programmer to help complete the Bestiary, and later became a member of Team MDb.
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Mailbag | Contact
General contact email address
We are always looking to hear from all Metroid fans, old and new!
CapCom | Contact
Co-Director, Music Archivist, Forum Administrator
Soon after his first introduction to the world of Metroid through Metroid II, CapCom quickly absorbed Metroid and Super Metroid before stumbling upon the MDb. Since then he has involved himself in many Metroid fan projects, including the Metroid Interactive Fan Fiction and the Metroid II Secret Worlds websites. An enthusiastic and ambitious Metroid fan, CapCom brings his youth and vigor to the MDb by administrating the fan submissions and seeking out the best in Metroid music recordings and remixes.
Infinity's End | Contact
Co-Director, Graphics Artist, Forum Administrator
Infinity's End has been a huge Metroid fan ever since the original version. Super Metroid's release caused this kid to rent the game on four seperate occasions before he actually went out and bought his own copy. He has been playing it through at least once annually ever since. IE brings his skills to the table, as he is a college graduate in fine arts, and hopes to one day be a professional artist in the gaming industry. He'll be helping us out on the visual side of things, including banners, buttons, backgrounds, and other miscellaneous graphics. He has been visiting the MDb since '99 and is the proud owner of a Samus tattoo that was given to him by TJ. IE is also the only staff member to have met the rest of the staff in person.
Rondus18 | Contact
After years of harboring a passing interest in the Metroid series brought on by wondering who that robot in Super Smash Bros. was, Rondus18 rented Metroid Prime from his local movie rental store. Renewing his rental of Metroid Prime four times before finally returning it he realized it was an alright kind of game. When it came time for Rondus to join the interwebs he had no idea what screen name to use for himself so after very little thinking he misspelled Rundas, the ice bounty hunter from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and added 18 to the end. For what screen name would be complete without the obligatory numbers?
James Pierce | Contact
Contributing Editor, Forum Moderator
Contributing Editor After spending a ridiculous amount of time posting various Metroid related news and cameos, James Pierce was added to the team in the later half of 2012. James' first Metroid game was Corruption which captivated him with the intuitive controls, and another fan was born. Since then James has acquired every Metroid game except for Zero Mission, and hopes to get it someday. A big fan of tracking down cameos.
Apothem | Contact
Life long Metroid fan and frequent forumite since 2008, Apothem first came upon the MDb looking to make off with a few easy Metroid Prime 3 friend credits but was hooked by the sites excellent community full of awesome people. Proud owner of every original physical U.S. series release, franchise completionist, and amateur speed runner. Brought on in late 2014 to lend his signature verbosity - once constrained to the forums - to the MDb front page, dutifully reporting on any and all things even remotely Metroid related.
Has a thing for geometry. Also recognizes the irony in the brevity of his own bio blurb.
Sagi | Contact
Social Media Editor
Sagi, born in Germany, started with Metroid II and has since then played every game that even just had a Metroid cameo. It is not clear if his love for astronomy made him a Metroid fan or the other way around, but one thing is for sure, if you watch the movie Alien with age 6 you turn into an oddball. He can't guarantee that he will not blow up the earth in a physics experiment at some point.
CCHHunter | Contact
Social Media Editor
I started my Metroid journey with Super Metroid. The atmosphere intertwined with the mesmerizing music was an instant hit with me. When I finished the games, I needed more and turned to creating fanfiction to do so before discovering an entire world of Metroid merchandise and fans among the MDb and joined shortly after it's inception as a lurker among the original forum. Spending time as a forum moderator and scanlator for the Metroid Manga and some of the early Samus and Joey helped me to finally contribute something worthwhile to the Metroid community. Today, I continue by scrounging the Internet for fan made creations for the MDb FaceBook page. You can find me around various communities as Sharonlover or CCHHunter.
TJ | Time worked: 1996 - 2006
Creator of the MDb
TJ is the founder and "big cheese" of the Metroid Database. He spent 6 months doing research and gathering information on Metroid before launching the MDb in October 1996, and wrote the majority of the text, tips, features, news and HTML on the site for 5 years before finally smartening up and adding some staff members to the project. A hardcore videogame enthusiast since 1980, TJ's collection includes approximately 40 systems, hundreds upon hundreds of games, and a number of arcade machines.
Jesse D | Time worked: 2007 - 2014
Programmer, Contributing Editor, Forum Administrator
A regular to the MDb community since 1997, Jesse D has been an avid fan of the Metroid series since his introduction to the series through Metroid II in 1992. He first developed his basic web programming skills with the Metroid II Secret Worlds website, which he maintained for a total of six years.
He has helped with re-encoding the MDb into a much more manageable structure, and now handles the behind-the-scenes webapp work.
This is the guy to pester if you find broken links.
Aurora Unit | Time worked: 2011 - 2014
Contributing Editor, Forum Moderator
Even though Aurora Unit was exposed to the Metroid series almost a decade before the release date of Metroid Prime (in the form of newspaper ads and uncanny Kool-Aid commercials), it wasn't until Prime 1 that he began to passionately follow the entire series and discover what he had really missed out on. Since that historic date, he has been documenting details of the Metroid universe while trying to promote its value and help keep everyone updated on the latest developments.
Of course this site would be nothing without TJ. Although he is no longer directly involved, we will always be grateful for his support and for founding this website. Please feel free to visit TJ's site, Krushervision.com, and buy some of his swag while you're there!
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The MDb would not be what it is today without the generous contributions of information, images, advice, support or other assistance of the following individuals. Special thanks to (in alphabetical order):
| Lucas Altic
Mark Dekker (MadMega)
| Ken Gifford (|tsr)
John Grabetz (VGMStudios)
Kent Hansen (SnowBro)
Niels 't Hooft
| Mike Meyer (Tetris)
John Morey (Ridley)
Dan Owsen (Nintendo of America)
Matthew Sharpe (Sharonlover)
Stan Sy (starvingartist)
...and of course Thank YOU for visiting.
(Apologies if your name belongs on this list and is missing!)
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