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...
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 fromSuper 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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
YouTuber nesatlas beat the original Metroid in under ten minutes. Granted, it was tool-assisted, used save states, and door glitches to make it happen. That's not the cool part.
The cool part of this entire video is seeing t...
Have you ever been playing Metroid, and wondered what Samus and Mother Brain would look like as a LEGO set? No? Well, what the hell is wrong with you? At least me and LEGO CUUSOO user Zurtech are on the same page. He has crea...
Being the case, throwing a temper tantrum and spamming EA's Facebook with inflammatory comments is understandable, but why not do something more productive, like play five other space-horror classics instead?
(Or, just go ahead and play Dead Space 3 which is still really awesome for what it is!)
This whole "Virtual Console 30th Anniversary" thing has been a bit confusing for all of us. So here's the scoop now that the dust has settled: on certain dates this year, you'll have the opportunity to download select games on the Wii U eShop for 30 cents, for a limited time.
That's it. There's no catch, it's just a promotion to get people into the eShop -- like a virtual doorbuster sale.
It's not a "trial" version of the game that ends after 30 days -- you just pay the 30 cents and you get to keep it. All Wii U Virtual Console games have full GamePad remote play support, and the ability to fully customize your controls.
With that said, Nintendo has revealed the full list of exact dates for all of the planned games, so make sure you bookmark this page as a reference!
Every year, game companies and other game sites like to send out holiday cards to their various contacts -- not that out of the ordinary. Sometimes these cards are your basic season's greetings, but other times they go above ...
By now, you've likely had time to absorb the glory that is Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, the Metroid series tribute arrange album from Shinesparkers. Among the tracks is Sam Dillard's "Beyond the Glass," a cover of Super Me...
Shinesparkers' arrange album Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, which we reminded you about a mere two days ago, went live earlier today. If you haven't snagged the free three-disc release already, head on over to the download page now and get to steppin'. If that page is not working for one reason or another, use this mirror or this torrent.
As mentioned previously, 101% Run arrives just in time to celebrate Metroid Prime's tenth anniversary. And if you happen to be one of the lucky punks picking up a Wii U at midnight or sometime on Sunday, it'll make perfect background music while you unpack and hook sh*t up!
The Wii U GamePad is a lot more versatile than it looks. Some potential consumers have not been quite as inspired by the system as they were by the immediate uniqueness of the Wii and its remote controller. After all, tablets and smartphones have gotten us used to gyroscopes and touchscreens -- what could the Wii U give us that's so interesting?
Nintendo Land is the answer to this question. While none of the games included in this glorified tour of the Wii U's capabilities are compelling enough on their own merits, they contribute to an overall package that does an exemplary job of showing why the Wii U has so much promise as a system. This is a game with one job -- to sell you on the merits of a GamePad.
That wasn't enough, though. Plans were quickly underway for an "expansion pack" of sorts to be titled Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run. As project coordinator Darren Kerwin explains, "Originally, we only decided to include roughly 12 tracks to the Harmony of a Hunter expansion, focusing on the big tracks that didn't make it the first time. But then other musicians felt that there were other tracks we could cover, and soon enough that number doubled and then tripled. We ended up with an album that is larger, longer, and higher in quality than the original."
At final count, 101% Run contains a whopping 39 tracks by 32 musicians -- 50 if you include vocalists. It'll be released for free on the HoaH page on November 17, just in time for the tenth anniversary of Metroid Prime. A project this massive deserves your time and attention, so enjoy the final preview above as well as further behind-the-scenes goodies below.