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Metroid: Blast Ball photo
Metroid: Blast Ball

Metroid: Blast Ball is, y'know, alright I guess

It's not awful!
Jun 18
// Zack Furniss
I waited an hour or so to touch the filthy New 3DS that was running Metroid: Blast Ball, a chunk of the new Metroid Prime: Federation Force. I spoke to the friendly Nintendo rep and even shook my butt a bit whenever a ne...
Metroid Prime photo
Let's have a discussion
I haven't seen a reaction this strong in quite some time. Just two days ago during their 2015 E3 press conference, Nintendo revealed Metroid Prime: Federation Force. Emotions, to say, the least, were high. Some people ar...

More Metroid Prime: FF photo
More Metroid Prime: FF

Come on guys, Metroid Prime: Federation Force looks fun

Sure, it could use some work
Jun 18
// Jed Whitaker
Since I've been busy at E3 I haven't been able to check out the Nitendo Treehouse live streams (which were excellent last year, are they good this year as well?) but I did look up this replay of Metroid Prime: Federatio...
QQ babies photo
QQ babies

Entitled babies start a petition to cancel Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Have you played it? Didn't think so
Jun 17
// Jed Whitaker
Fans of the Metroid series have taken to to petition that Nintendo cancel the just-announced Metroid Prime: Federation Force for 3DS stating: Metroid Prime: Federation Force was announced at th...
Blast Ball photo
Blast Ball

Nintendo is making me sad with Metroid Prime: Blast Ball

And here is picture proof
Jun 16
// Zack Furniss
I don't plan on backing down from the haircut, but this Metroid is not what I had in mind.
Metroid photo

If a new Metroid is announced at E3, I will get this obnoxious haircut

And I will be disowned by all
Jun 10
// Zack Furniss
Super Metroid is my favorite game. I've always loved the series, and though Other M tried its hardest to tarnish that, my passion remains strong. So when Retro Studios tweets something, and it doesn't even sound Metroid-...
Samus and Sagat photo
'Ah-merr-ica you're gettin' burger hungry'
[Samus and the burger by Evazhou] If you live in the Northeastern United States, you are well aware of the historical snowfall we endured this winter. Everyday existence in Boston this past February was like living inside of...

We Can Do It! photo
We Can Do It!

'Do it' with female Nintendo characters to celebrate Women's History Month

Pretty risqué of Nintendo if you ask me
Mar 17
// Jed Whitaker
Nintendo sent out a press release celebrating Women's History Month with details about the history of its strong female characters, but I think the company might have missed the point. In the gallery below are pictures that w...

Samus asks Nintendo for a new game

Mar 14 // Jonathan Holmes
Nintendo and Metroid photo
...but she'll settle for a hug
Nintendo is famous for frustrating some of their diehard fans. The irony is, those fans are only frustrated because Nintendo is doing a lot of things right. It may not let us buy a lot of their products, and it often ta...

Samus and Sagat photo
Samus and Sagat

BBC Special Report: Samus and Sagat

Feb 22
// Jonathan Holmes
Samus and Sagat: BBC Special Report.
Samus and Sagat photo
If Ridley and Ryu had a baby, it would be this guy
Like the initial entry of any epic trilogy, the first two episodes of Samus and Sagat worked to establish the characters. Now that we're finally into act two of the story, we can start moving into the real meat of this drama...

Samus and Sagat: Prepping for Street Fighter V and Super Metroid II

Feb 05 // Jonathan Holmes
Also, how about a contest? Make a gif from either this episode or episode one of Samus and Sagat. It's easy and fun with this free website, but you can go beyond what the site offers if you want to, with captions and explosions and other added dressings as you see fit. From there, upload your gif and tweet it to @tronknotts along with a link to either this Dtoid post or to this episode of the show on YouTube and you'll be entered to win a copy of a new retail videogame of your choice. Sadly, it has to be a game that I can buy for you from a store in the U.S.A. because I am just going to go to the store and buy you a game. Nothing fancy about that! Just me going to the store, like any other guy. Also, no requests for special editions or hard-to-find games, please. Anything in the $40-$70 range is OK. I hope you enter the contest, and thanks again for watching the show! Entries so far (not including those in the comments) [embed]286940:57204:0[/embed] Charlie Maxwell [embed]286940:57205:0[/embed] [embed]286940:57206:0[/embed] Liam Troy Fullbester Roth Sothy (composer on Xeodrifter!) The Nintenbros Alphadeus [embed]286940:57209:0[/embed] Patty If I missed yours, please drop it in the comments below!
Samus and Sagat photo
Exciting adventure, fashion, and fame
[Update: We've gotten a lot of great entries in the gif contest! It seemed a shame to leave them out in the cold, so I've embedded the animations that never made it to the comments into the post below. I also forgot to tell ...

Metroid Prime photo
Metroid Prime

This damn Morph Ball double jump in Metroid Prime

Anyone else playing through the trilogy on Wii U?
Feb 02
// Jordan Devore
Turns out I'm rustier at Metroid Prime than I thought. I had long forgotten about this tunnel sequence in the fiery Magmoor Caverns. It's sure giving me hell. In order to reach the (entirely optional) ledge above, you have t...
Gaming culture photo
Gaming culture

NBA logos go gaming

Luigi's pants, tho
Jan 24
// Robert Summa
Have a favorite NBA team? Have a favorite gaming mascot? Did you want them combined? No? Well, too bad because someone just did that. Have a look at these cool designs by ak47_studios.
Samus and Sagat photo
A new show about Metroid's star and Ryu's rival living as roommates
[Animation and thumbnail by EndShark] I've done a lot of video series on YouTube over the years -- Teenage Pokemon, Talking to Women about Videogames, Constructoid, Sup Holmes, Art Hawk, and of course, The Dtoid Show. None o...

Samus amiibo photo
Samus amiibo

That defective Samus amiibo fetched $2,500 at auction

And $5.75 shipping; they always get you on the shipping
Dec 01
// Brett Makedonski
One reddit user accidentally picked up a defective Samus Aran amiibo, and he's going to profit considerably off of it -- more than one G per arm cannon. The rare Samus amiibo, which was put on eBay one week ago, just sold for...
Defect amiibo photo
Defect amiibo

Manufacturing mistake bears double arm cannon Samus amiibo

Be on the look out
Nov 24
// Steven Hansen
Reddit user Adamantium126 took the the site with this rare find over the weekend, one he almost tore open straightaway before a friend noticed the peculiarity of it. It's a Samus guns akimbo amiibo from his local Be...
Nintendo photo

Are you getting Nintendo mash-up fatigue?

Now just give me a kiss
Oct 11
// Jonathan Holmes
[Art by Hakuramen] Back in the 1980's, rock band Aerosmith and rap group Run DMC did a cover of Aerosmith's Walk This Way. It was an older song, but the novelty, evocative quality, and skills present in the cover made it a mu...
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate photo
Yes, it's coming westward
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is still coming in 2015 outside of Japan, and there's yet another Nintendo/Capcom crossover coming. A Samus costume is making an appearance, and yes, it will be coming to the western version of the ...

Smash Bros photo
Smash Bros

Here are all the Smash Bros. color variants, including a bad one

Well, except for the secret characters -- we spoiler free here
Sep 11
// Steven Hansen
People have their hands on the full 3DS Super Smash Bros. and all sorts of fun is coming from that, including a breakdown of all the alternate color variants for non-secret characters.  Quick, open the full image&nb...
Metroid photo

Next Level Games was working on a Metroid title

Maybe it still is...
Sep 06
// Jonathan Holmes
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon was one of the games that helped turn the 3DS around back when it was struggling to inspire sales. It's a fantastic game, one of the best on the console. Sadly, it may also may be part of why we hav...
Smash color variants photo
Smash color variants

All Smash Bros. characters get 8 color variants, here are all Samus'

Lookin' hood
Sep 03
// Steven Hansen
Sakurai took to the Miiverse with some Super Smash Bros. Samus shots to explain that, "Until now, you were only able to choose from four, or sometimes five or six colors for each character. This time, though, a...
Speedrun photo

Hey, let's watch someone clear Metroid Prime in 55 minutes

That 'escape' music in the opening sequence still stresses me out
Jul 21
// Jordan Devore
Mmm, Metroid Prime. One of my all-time favorites, and yet it's been far too long since I've last played it. For that matter, I don't know that I've ever watched a speedrun of the game in its entirety. This 55:53 single-segme...
Metroid photo

Corey 'Reyyy' Lewis re-imagines Samus as a nature photographer

New comic from former Rival Schools artist
Jul 19
// Jonathan Holmes
Way back when, Corey "Reyyy" Lewis wrote and drew a comic for Udon based on Capcom's cult classic fighting game Rival Schools. It was canceled before the final issue saw print. The fact that it never got a proper resolution h...
Metroid photo

Ex-Rare concept artist reimagines Metroid as a Hanna-Barbera cartoon

Love it!
Jul 14
// Chris Carter
As a kid, I was lucky to have parents who showed me things that came before my time. One such medium was Hanna-Barbera cartoons. I watched hours upon hours of Hong Kong Phooey, Snagglepuss, and Wacky Races alongside...
Metroid photo

This Mayan-styled Mother Brain painting is amazing

Pretty freaky, no?
Jun 27
// Brittany Vincent
Okay, this might very well be one of the most amazing pieces of video game art I've ever seen. It's a Mayan-styled painting by Redditor NotSureHowItGoes' wife, who is obviously quite the skilled artist. I'm immediately drawn ...
The future of Metroid photo
The Prime style and traditional 2D
Every year at E3, Metroid fans patiently wait for news on a new game -- whether it's 2D or 3D -- it doesn't matter. But for the most part, they don't really get their wish, including this week. According to Shigeru Miyam...

Metroid: Zero Mission photo
Metroid: Zero Mission

Metroid: Zero Mission coming to Wii U Virtual Console

Japanese fans getting a real treat
Jun 11
// Brittany Vincent
Rejoice, Metroid fans! One of the greatest entries in the franchise is making its way to the Wii U Virtual Console, and it could be slated for a North American release if we're lucky enough. Metroid: Zero Mission is headed fo...
Farts 'N' Crafts photo
Using a Varia-ed Suite of condiments
Because you demanded it, dear viewers, this week Max is doing some amazing Samus Aran fan-art using condiments and macaroni. My god this show is idiotic.

Review: NES Remix 2

Apr 21 // Chris Carter
NES Remix 2 (Wii U)Developer: indieszeroPublisher: NintendoReleased: April 24, 2014MSRP: $14.99 Much like the first iteration, the premise for NES Remix 2 is extremely simple. You'll have access to a number of microgames selected from an array of NES hits developed by Nintendo (above), which grant you access to bits and pieces from said games. So rather than play through large portions, you're going to be playing, at maximum, one small level at a time in the form of a challenge. Each challenge can net you up to three stars (including a soft four-star rainbow rating), which can be used to unlock more games, stages, and even remix levels where modifying factors are at play, or characters are combined. Got it? Good. Where NES Remix 2 shines, quite simply, is the superior selection of games. Instead of starting off with a middling selection of mostly arcade titles, Remix 2 gives you the good stuff right away, with games like Mario 3 unlocked immediately. It also helps that there's a ton of variety this time around, since Dr. Mario and Wario's Woods (puzzle games), and Punch Out!! join the fray, in addition to sport-centric games like Ice Hockey and Mario Open Golf. Not all games are created equal, however. Punch Out!! fans in particular will be disappointed that there are only a scant few levels featured -- and remedial ones at that. But for the most part I was happy with the variety, and the challenge level is slightly superior to the original Remix -- Lost Levels and Kid Icarus in particular have a few really fun challenges that will definitely test your reflexes, and some of the Kirby minigames are clever with their use of singular powers. [embed]273431:53463:0[/embed] "Remix" levels return from the original, and they're more or less the same as they were before. As a mixture of singular game challenges with a twist and "insert game character into other game here" modifications, the Remixes are often the most fun part of the game. They'll range from things like "defeat Birdo in Mario 2 while it's invisible," or "get through an entire Mario 3 level in the dark," while mixed challenges might have you play a portion of a Mario 1 level as Kirby, or see boos invading Dream Land. But like the first time around, my chief complaint is that there simply aren't enough remix levels, and not enough of them combine characters. There's a concerted effort this time around to get to that concept rather early (such as Mario 2's Peach transplanted in Mario 3 or Toad in Zelda II), but really, Remixes should wholly consist of those dream team matchups. Despite what you might think at first glance these mash-ups actually work, and mainly serve as a tease while you go back to each game that only serves within the confines of its own retro rules. NES Remix 2 thankfully gives you a cherry on top in the form of Super Luigi Bros. The concept is as simple as it gets -- it's a full remix of the original classic Super Mario Bros., but with Luigi in tow (and his unique jump), and a pretty big caveat -- the entire game is backwards. While this is mostly just an official ROM hack, as an extra, it's greatly appreciated as part of the overall package. It's also technically the last celebration for the extended Year of Luigi in the US (for those who care -- and if you don't, you're a monster). If you bought the first game you'll have another extra included called Championship mode. It's modeled after the Nintendo World Championships event in the '90s, which tasked people with completing various challenges across a few select games, scoring them with an elaborate system. For the challenge, you're tasked with collecting 50 coins in Mario 1 as fast as you can, collecting 25 coins in Mario 3 (the original featured Rad Racer instead), and grabbing a high score in Dr. Mario (which was originally Tetris in the NWC) -- a final score is tallied using a formula similar to the original competition.  This is something that I'm going to be playing for quite some time with friends every so often, comparing scores until the cows come home. I wish this mode was a bit more fleshed out overall though (two Mario games is a bit much), and I'd love to see it as a standard in future iterations of this franchise (SNES Remix, perhaps?). In other words, I wouldn't buy it just to play Championship mode, but it's enjoyable all the same. NES Remix 2 is a solid follow-up with more "must have" games and a few extras to sweeten the deal. If you passed due to the ho-hum nature of some of the titles in the original offering, think about checking it out this time around.
NES Remix 2 reviewed photo
A better remix with stronger samples
NES Remix was able to scratch an itch for many retro enthusiasts out there, but it lacked a certain spark that made it a must-buy for the average gamer. It would be hard to really consider half of the selections "classic...

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