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11:00 AM on 06.13.2013

Reggie asks Retro why they're doing another Donkey Kong

Remember when I said Reggie would be watching you on social media? Well it turns out he wasn't joking, as he sat down with Retro Studios' Michael Kelbaugh to ask the question many people were thinking: "why is there going to...

Chris Carter

7:30 AM on 06.12.2013

Retro chose Donkey Kong over Metroid for the Wii U

When Nintendo's Satoru Iwata informed us that we'll be seeing what Retro Studios was working on at E3, we all assumed the best possible outcome: Metroid. But what we actually got was an announcement for a follow-up to Donkey ...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 06.04.2013

Mario Bros. 3 headlines Club Nintendo's June rewards

If you haven't played Super Mario Bros. 3 yet, you can pick it up on the Wii Virtual Console for 150 Coins by way of Club Nintendo. Outside of Mario, F-Zero X (Wii VC) is 200 Coins, Link 'n' Launch (3DS) is 150 Coins, and Met...

Chris Carter

10:00 PM on 05.24.2013

Too cute! Mega Man, Mr. Saturn, and Samus crotchet dolls

D'AAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWW!!! Etsy member Sam Wilding loves making pixel art. Sometimes, his partner in crime Natasha will take Sam's pixel art and transform them into "amigurumi," crotchet dolls whose sole purpose is to sit there ...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 05.17.2013

Wii U owners don't know how to play Super Metroid

If you're a jaded hardcore gamer, and if you've ever complained that the new generation of "dumbed down" console gamers are the bane of life, prepare to feel justified. The arrival of Super Metroid on Wii U demonstrates the d...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 05.15.2013

Super Metroid is on the Wii U Virtual Console for $0.30

If you have a Wii U, run, don't walk to your GamePad and pick up Super Metroid on the eShop for $0.30 -- it should be live later today, unless Nintendo delayed it until the eShop update tomorrow. A timeless classic, Super Met...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 05.09.2013

Club Nintendo offers refunds for Super Metroid purchases

Recently, Club Nintendo offered up Super Metroid for 150 coins -- a modest offering, right? There's only one problem: the game was set to go on sale for $0.30 on May 15th. As a result, Nintendo is offering up a 150 Coin refun...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 05.05.2013

Zero Suit Samus figure making a comeback as well

Last night we told you that the Max Factory figma Link and figma Samus figures are getting reprinted. The good news keeps on rolling on through as the Zero Suit Samus figure based on Metroid: Other M is also coming back! The ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 05.04.2013

Link and Samus figmas to be restocked this winter

"Remember me?" It's our old friends: Max Factory's figma Link and figma Samus! These sexy poseable figurines were all the rage when they released last year, and they quickly sold out. If you missed that window, it was off to ...

Tony Ponce

5:00 AM on 05.02.2013

Calling all Metroidvania fans: Check out Valdis Story

It's hard to keep track of all the Kickstarters out there, but I regret not reporting on Valdis Story: Abyssal City because it's shaping up nicely. A year after Kickstarter funding ended, we now have more footage of the Metr...

Allistair Pinsof



Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is just around the corner photo
Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is just around the corner
by Tony Ponce

Three years ago as of yesterday, indie dev Exploding Rabbit's Super Mario Bros. Crossover was unleashed online, and the reception couldn't have been warmer. For the benefit of the unfortunate few who haven't heard of this darling fan tribute, Crossover is a tile-for-tile remake of Super Mario Bros. but with the ability to swap Mario out for a number of NES heroes, like Link, Bill Rizer, Simon Belmont, or Mega Man. The game was later expanded with more characters plus graphical skins to emulate the look of other NES, SNES, and Game Boy games.

Version 3.0, scheduled for some time in May or June, will introduce all new stages taken from Super Mario Bros. Special, an obscure Japanese exclusive for the NEC PC-8801 and Sharp X1 home computers. There will also be rearranged stage layouts depending on your selected difficulty, so what was once a leisurely bridge stroll over a crystal clear lake could now be a perilous platforming challenge across a molten pool of lava.

Finally, I'd like to remind you that Exploding Rabbit is also working on an original title called Super Retro Squad, which is essentially Crossover just with new characters directly inspired by the NES stars. Once 3.0 is out and about, development on SRC will most certainly kick into high gear.

Super Mario Crossover 3.0 Trailer [Exploding Rabbit]

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NeverEnding Story and GoldenEye chip mixes plus more photo
NeverEnding Story and GoldenEye chip mixes plus more
by Tony Ponce

Atreyu! Falcor! Atreyu? Falcor?

Game music remixer Dj CUTMAN has organized a bunch of tunes that he's produced for the video group Underbelly into a nifty pay-what-you want pack. Underbelly Beats & Remixes contain a few straight-up NES arrangements and beat compilations of Super Mario Bros. 2, Metroid, and Mega Man 2, plus a few other surprises.

One of those surprises is a chiptune version of the main theme of The NeverEnding Story -- not the joke track from The Lonely Island linked above, of course. Then there is his medley of GoldenEye 007 tracks, which reminded of just how badass the music in that game was.

Go on and sample, chilluns!

Underbelly Beats & Remixes [Dj CUTMAN]

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11:30 AM on 03.19.2013

Super Metroid turns 19, gets a fan-made symphony

On March 19, 1994, one of the best Super Nintendo titles -- and one of the best games of all time -- made it's debut in Japan. Super Metroid was and still is the perfect combination of atmosphere, exploration, and action, bu...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 03.16.2013

Incredible Zero Suit Samus art book can now be yours!

Why didn't anybody tell me this book came out last month!? I've been waiting for this baby a whole year! Where's my wallet!? Let me step back a bit: 31 Days of Zero Suit Samus is a collection of miniature comics depicting wha...

Tony Ponce



Samus was almost naked in Super Metroid!?!? photo
Samus was almost naked in Super Metroid!?!?
by Tony Ponce

[Update: For more gaming trivia, visit Did You Know Gaming? directly or the brand new sister site just launched, VGFacts.]

Oh? Did I get your attention? Apparently, Samus' death animation in Super Metroid originally had her breaking out of her suit sans skivvies and letting loose a vocalized scream, but clothing was added to avoid controversy and the voice was removed for sounding too sexual. True story!

To the best of my knowledge, we haven't shared a single episode of Did You Know Gaming? on Dtoid before (and if we did, it completely passed me by). I myself only discovered it a couple months back, and I've been happily enjoying new videos since. For those unaware, Did You Know Gaming? is a videogame trivia show featuring a rotating cast of notable YouTube stars providing narration. Some of the information they discuss is extremely fascinating!

The latest installment focuses on Metroid, as you can see. I'm amazed by how many iconic design decisions in the earliest games were made around the limitations of the hardware. I'm also surprised to learn that Samus originally had distinct left- and right-facing sprites in her first outing.

Metroid - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. WeeklyTubeShow [YouTube]

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6:00 AM on 03.09.2013

Check out this sick 11-minute NES chiptune rock medley

Guitarist Psycho Crusher, whose amazing rock arrangements I've shared numerous times in the past, originally composed this latest jam with the intent to play it live as a full band. Instead, he decided to turn it into a chip...

Tony Ponce