Incredible research and investigative journalism by the Did You Know Gaming? team. There were three distinct Metroid projects that never saw the light of day. Out of those, only one had maintained development, but in the end it eventually was transformed into what we know as Metroid Prime Federation Force. The other two were Metroid Tactics and the ever-elusive Metroid 64 – both of which may have only got to the pitch document phase.
Just recently this past November 11th, Idzuki Kouji, aka MoonUp, aka the author of the Samus & Joey manga, created a brand new advertisement to celebrate the release of Samus & Joey 1-3 now being distributed officially as e-Books. Idzuki-san’s tweet can be found below:
Prime: Metroid Reimagined is an audiovisual tribute to the game and is now available for viewing. It’s a very chill, relaxing remix album that I’m sure any fans of the series will enjoy.
Metroid Prime 20th Anniversary Visual Tribute Album Premiering November 17th
In honor of Metroid Prime’s 20th anniversary, an international team of video game musicians, artists, and designers have collaborated to create a nostalgia-infused visual tribute album, Prime: Metroid Reimagined.
Prime transposes the classic themes of Kenji Yamamoto’s beloved Metroid Prime soundtrack into an intimate acoustic ensemble grounded firmly in the natural world. Compelling live performances ranging from grooving guitar rhythms, soaring vocal harmonies, enchanting piano serenades, and evocative viola solos will transport you back to the immersive world of Tallon IV.
Revisit six artfully reimagined locations with animated diorama videos, featuring the stunning artwork of Mona Finden, visual design by Jess Bruels, and animation by Zack Fenelon. Toss on your raincoat and oversized shoulder pads as you traverse the lush overgrowth and light rains of Tallon Overworld in “Space Jump,” delve into the heart-pounding, magma-infested maw of Magmoor Caverns in “Varia Suit,” and shred the half-pipes and crystalline cascades of Phendrana Drifts in “Boost Ball.”
Featuring a talented lineup of heavy-hitting musical artists: Composed, arranged, and produced by Zeke Fenelon (aka Outset Initiative), video game remix artist and game developer on Halo Infinite. Piano performed by Ryan Ike, two-time BAFTA-nominated composer and sound designer best known for his work on award winning games including Gunpoint, Frog Fractions 2, West of Loathing, Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, and Reigns: Game of Thrones. Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, and Irish Bouzouki performed by Joshua Du Chene, vocal chameleon, multi-instrumentalist, backbone performer on Where the Water Tastes Like Wine OST, and game developer on Halo Infinite. In addition to his work as a metal vocalist and his popular Apple Bottom Jeans meme videos, Joshua also starred as Craig’s guitar in Halo Infinite, so it may be said with some authority that Craig will be tuning into the premiere of Prime from Zeta Halo. Marimba and Percussion performed by Doug Perry, multi-talented percussionist who has been featured prominently as a soloist in popular video game scores from Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Sid Meyer’s Civilization VI, and Fossil Hunters. He is a major contributor to the video game music record label Materia Collective and directed and co-produced the 97-track Undertale arrangement album titled FALLEN: An Undertale Tribute. Viola performed by Andrew Steffen, distinguished violist who has performed with Mannheim Steamroller and numerous symphony orchestras. As one half of the ETHEReal String Orchestra, Andrew has contributed his viola, violin, and bass prowess to a vast number of Materia Community video game remix albums. Mixing and Mastering by Forrester Savell, internationally renowned mixing and mastering engineer known for his genre-defying repertoire spanning influential artists such as I Built the Sky, Birds of Tokyo, Animals As Leaders, Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Shihad, and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Prime: Metroid Reimagined is guaranteed to have you dusting off your GameCube controller for another playthrough of Metroid Prime. Tune in November 17th for the official YouTube premiere and stay up to date on release info at metroidreimagined.com.
If you’re on Twitter, you might already know that Zoid Kirsh, one of the original engineers for the Metroid Prime series has been reminiscing a lot lately. Since November 7th, he’s been creating multi-Tweet stories nearly every day about how they overcame challenges during the game’s development. Some of them are incredibly interesting and insightful. Here’s one of my faves:
On the day we went gold I took a magazine poster and got everyone’s signature to commemorate that day. The poster is still on my wall today. You may notice no one signed on top of Samus–that’s how much respect we had for the character. My signature is top center, it’s my poster! pic.twitter.com/5XQz0hfhkN
Being that today is the 20th anniversary of Prime (yesterday was Fusion), Zoid has graced us with another trip down memory lane in the form of his Metroid memory box, where he shows off everything he collected during the game’s release. Most of the merch is stuff I’ve seen many times and we’ve archived it all on this very site (including a mint in box, but extremely yellowed version of the Samus Joyride Action Figure) but one thing that’s new to me is the engraved champagne glass, that were given exclusively to the development staff members when Prime went gold. Watch it below for a trip down memory lane and thank you to Zoid for being so forthcoming in all of his development stories!
Omar and Mau Mora of TheForceMedia.com have created a 100% free, awesome little 15-page fancomic of our favorite series. In it, Samus goes on a quick little adventure with her baby Metroid and together they get into some trouble. Y’all have made an amazing piece of work, here! If only we could get a real official, serialized Metroid comic…sigh.
In regards to the action figure’s accessories, it will come with a standard Figma stand, Morph Ball, Omega Cannon, 2 additional hands, and a Spider Magnet. The Spider Magnet seems to have a hand and foot attached to it permanetly, so you’ll need to remove her foot and hand in order to attach her to it. I hope the underside of the Spider Magnet is actually magnetic; I know a lot of folks who want to hang Dread Samus on their fridge.
Nintendo Switch Online subscribers are being treated to Wave 4 of Classic NES icons. This final wave has 5 (yes, five!) Classic NES Metroid icons to decorate your profile with. They’ll set you back 10 platinum points each, but these points are a breeze to aquire doing simple Nintendo Missions.
Wave 4 of the Classic NES icons will only be available until October 3 at 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET