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By Jonathan Balofsky On 26 Sep, 2017 At 09:47 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Otaku Music, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Materia Collective is thrilled to release The Dark Hunter, a progressive rock tribute album by arranger and guitarist Ro Panuganti dedicated to Nintendo’s beloved Metroid franchise. Featuring tracks from fan-favorites Super Metroid and Metroid Prime, The Dark Hunter hits all the high points with its epic renditions of the mysterious lair of Kraid, the dense jungles of Brinstar, the driving battle theme with Ridley, and of course the Metroid Prime main theme. The Dark Hunter (Music from Nintendo’s Metroid Series) is officially licensed and available:

“The gripping atmosphere, exciting turns and twists, and of course the soundtrack from Super Metroid gave me chills,” reflects Panuganti. “Creating The Dark Hunter was fulfilling my long-running dream of focusing on one theme, one sound, and one game series and making a solid album. You’ll definitely hear influences of modern progressive artists like Periphery, TesseracT, Plini, as well as more ’90s musicians like Pantera and Alice in Chains sneaking into the tunes; interestingly I mostly listened to pop and musicals while recording it! I hope everyone who listens to The Dark Hunter feels inspired to pick up a 7-string guitar or at least Super Metroid, Metroid Prime, or the new Metroid: Samus Returns game!”
This is really cool news, and this author feels that fans of the Metroid series will enjoy this. Will you be checking this out?
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Aug, 2017 At 06:40 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has put out a new trailer for Metroid: Samus Returns.

Welcome to Planet SR388, a world of subterraneous labyrinths, vicious alien lifeforms, mysterious secrets…and a deadly Metroid infestation. Legendary bounty hunter Samus Aran is the galaxy’s only hope—in this video, learn more about the incredible arsenal at her disposal and the many obstacles she must face.

This is a great trailer and really helps set the mood for Metroid: Samus Returns, a game which is hotly anticipated.

Are you planning on getting this?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 23 Aug, 2017 At 09:22 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here is some strange news. Amazon Canada really wants to push Metroid Prime 4, as the retailer is offering the game in numerous 2 packs. Currently there are packs available for preorder containing MP4 and Mario Odyssey, MP4 and Pokken, MP4 and Xenoblade 2, MP4 and Samus Returns and Fire Emblem Warriors.

What the reason for these bundles are, is unclear but it seems Metroid is being positioned as a must have item.


If you are in Canada, will you be considering one of these?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Jul, 2017 At 08:28 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The amiibo functionality for Metroid Samus Returns has been revealed.



Samus Aran (Metroid Series)
Elon Reserve Tank (special ability recovery)
Metroid II Art Gallery (unlocked after beating game)

Metroid (Metroid Series)
Metroid Marker (tells you location of nearest Metroid)
FUSION Difficulty Mode, play in the Fusion suit (unlocked after beating game)

Samus Aran (Super Smash Bros. Series)
Missile Reserve Tank (missile recovery)
Concept Art Gallery (unlocked after beating game)

Zero Suit Samus (Super Smash Bros. Series)
Energy Reserve Tank (energy recovery)
Sound Test (unlocked after beating game)

These are very interesting amiibo features for the game, and should provide some good experiences.

Will you check out the amiibo features?


By Jonathan Balofsky On 23 Nov, 2016 At 07:07 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Koji Igarashi recently sat down for a discussion with Glixel about Bloodstained. During the interview, which touched on a number of subjects, the metroidvania genre was brought up a few times leading to this interesting exchange

So the term ‘IGAvania’ has begun to gain currency, as another way to say ‘Metroidvania.’ I’ve always wondered why Nintendo never teamed up with you and Konami to create a new 2D Metroid.
Nintendo is very careful about protecting their IPs and making any changes to their games. Around the time that I was proving that I could do multiple titles and do them well, Nintendo had shifted to Metroid Prime and they were having success turning their 2D games into 3D. So they probably decided from that point on that Metroid was going to be a 3D game series, and by that rationale, my style of games didn’t really fit their criteria. That would be my guess.

But, let’s say the fans demanded Nintendo team up with you to make a Metroid game, and Nintendo actually approached you to make one, would you do it?
I would be incredibly honored.

I personally would love to see this happen. Metroid and IGA would be a match made in heaven and there is no doubt that he could take the series in a very interesting direction. I would imagine there are many others that would be interested in this as well.


By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Jun, 2016 At 08:51 PM | Categorized As NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Tomorrow’s Wii U VC game has been revealed as Metroid Prime Hunters. The FPS multiplayer game was a hit on DS but how will it play on Wii U?

Are you buying it? Let us know.



By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Jan, 2016 At 08:54 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarNintendo has announced that the GBA remake of the original Metroid will finally come to North America on January 14. See the trailer below.


To quote Starcraft II’s opening cinematic “Hell, Its about time”.


By ericyo On 26 May, 2013 At 09:31 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, ROG News, Toys and Merchandise | With 0 Comments

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Max Factory’s Link and Samus Figmas are coming to the states.  They have officially opened up pre orders for the figures. Excitement is starting to build up for these figures.

photoBig Bad Toy Store the two figurines priced at $49.99. Pre-order the Link one here and Samus one here. There’s also the PVC statue of Samus in her Zero Suit for $100, located here.
photo (2)It’s also good to know that recently Gamestop is now taking pre orders as well. You can pre-order the Link figurine here, Samus figurine here, and Zero Suit Samus one here.
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All three products will only be sold online. A tentative October 30 release date is listed.

Source: Big Bad Toy Store, Gamestop