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Retro's retirement gift to Reggie has fans looking for hidden clues

Hidden nods, or wishful thinking?

Reggie put up another tweet showcasing a number of retirement gifts he's received, including a piece of custom art from Retro Studios. It's that piece of art that has fans salivating at the thought of teases for things to come.

First up, we have the artwork for Samus. While the details are a bit iffy, it seems most fans can agree that the design of Samus is new. The head-portion seems to combine the visor from Other M, but the helmet of the Prime series. There's also a slight difference in the Arm Cannon below the elbow. Is this all just artistic license, or is there something more to it?

Moving on, there's also a mystery robot-like hand in the image. This is the one that's really confusing fans, as a specific point of origin can't seem to be nailed down. It doesn't help that the Mario statue is blocking the way either! There was some dicussion that the hand is from Metroid Prime: Federation Force, but that was quickly shot down for a number of reasons. That leaves us with no clear-cut explanation as to what it's from!

Last and least, people have noticed that the font in the image comes from Banjo-Kazooie. Some are hopeful that means something, but I wouldn't put much weight in that.

Well, Nintendo sleuths, what say you? Can you glean any information from this, or is everyone diving a bit too deep?

Thanks to KingBroly for the heads up!

Best Buy yanks Persona 5, Metroid Prime Trilogy, and Zelda: A Link to the Past Switch listings from their internal system...sort of

Gone, but not forgotten

Yesterday was quite the day, wasn't it? Best Buy brought us not one, not two, but three different listings for Switch games that haven't been officially announced. According to their internal computer system, Persona 5, Metroid Prime Trilogy, and Zelda: A Link to the Past are all heading to Switch. The news spread like wildfire, and you can bet that Best Buy freaked a bit when they caught wind of the situation.

As of today, Best Buy has yanked the Switch listings for Persona 5, Metroid Prime Trilogy Switch, and Zelda: Link to the Past from their internal systems. The thing is, those listings are still present in RSS, but not on their internal system. That means the listings aren't completely removed. You'd think that if they were a mistake, everything would have been deleted!

Cosplayer pays tribute to Metroid with Samus' Varia Suit made out of Fuse Beads

The patience this had to take...


Cosplamy is obviously a huge fan of Samus. In her latest cosplay creation, Cosplamy created Samus' Varia Suit by using Fuse Beads. Fuse Beads are just 5mm in diameter, and you make them stick together by applying heat. The results are absolutely stunning, but no doubt uncomfortable and brittle!

RUMOR: Best Buy internal listings also show Metroid Prime Trilogy and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for Switch

Okay, now things are getting really crazy. Following the rumored Persona 5 Switch listing on Best Buy's internal listings, info quickly followed on listings for both Metroid Prime Trilogy and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on Switch. Metroid Prime Trilogy we've been hearing for a long time now. As far as Zelda: A Link to the Past goes, your guess is as good as mine! Looks like Best Buy is trying to ruin the next Nintendo Direct before Nintendo even gets to it!

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes gets a 4K, 16:9 update thanks to a neural network, and the results are gorgeous

Looking sharp, Samus!

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes never looked better. Samus' second 3D outing has gotten a bump up in the visuals thank to the work of a neural network, and the end result is a much cleaner, sharper experience. If the rumors of a Metroid Prime Trilogy release on Switch are true, it'll be very interesting to see how Nintendo's revamp compares to this fan effort.

Metroid EX: Samus & Joey manga creator looking to release all 12 chapters via a collection

Have you ever heard of Metroid EX: Samus & Joey? It was a 12-chapter spinoff manga of Samus and Joey, which ran via Comic BomBom back in 2004. The series followed Samus alongside Joey Apronika and Diesel, where the team worked together to retrieve her stolen Power Armor upgrades.

Would you like a chance to read these manga in a collection? The creator of the series does, and he thinks many others would as well. That's why he's looking to amass enough votes at Fukkan.com to get a trade released that collects all of this series in one place. Obviously a lot of other things would need to fall in place before this could happen, but hopefully that can happen if the vote gets enough traction.

Switch Online NES Collection - Super Mario Bros. 2, Kirby's Adventure, Blaster Master SP, and Metroid SP 2 footage

Time to check out the latest NES games added to the Switch Online NES collection! Watch footage of Super Mario Bros. 2, Kirby's Adventure, Blaster Master SP, and Metroid SP 2 in the video above.

Nintendo Switch Online NES lineup gets Blaster Master SP and Metroid SP 2 on top the previously announced Kirby's Adventure and Super Mario Bros. 2

Nintendo always adds in some surprise NES games with their monthly updates to the Switch Online NES collection. We knew that Super Mario Bros. 2 and Kirby's Adventure were coming today, but now we know that both Blaster Master SP and Metroid SP 2 are joining them.

Blaster Master SP

Start from area 8. You’ll start from area 8, the final area, in this special version of Blaster Master. Moreover, SOPHIA is fully equipped and ready for action! The Hover Gauge and Power are full, and Homing Missiles, Thunder Break, and Multi Warhead Missiles are all maxed out – along with Jason’s own Gun Energy Gauge and Power! You’re ready to take on the Underworld Lord… so get to it!

Metroid SP 2

The fully fortified bounty hunter! You just got a great head start on your mission to defeat Mother Brain! In this version of Metroid, every power-up, including all Power Suit weapons and abilities, is available from the start. The ending of this game changes slightly depending on how fast it’s beaten, boasting a total of five endings. Here, you’re ready to rush right to the finale, where you can see the ending that features Samus without her trademark Power Suit.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

RUMOR - Details on Metroid Prime 4's rough development, Retro's new involvement, Metroid Prime Trilogy on Switch, and other Metroid projects

The news of Metroid Prime 4's development being restarted with Retro handling the project has shocked many, there's no doubt about it. The announcement has lead many fans to wonder just how the project fell apart, and what lead to Retro getting involved once again. While we don't have concrete information, we do have some rumored details from Imran Khan, Senior Editor at Game Informer.

- the problem came from Nintendo's experimental ad-hoc development process
- Metroid Prime 4 was being made in parts in different countries
- some studios were progressing smoothly with the project, while others were having a lot of trouble
- Nintendo started to think that the game needed to be all under one roof to set things straight
- Retro made the pitch for their involvement and put together a demo that Nintendo liked

That's not the only project Metroid fans have been hearing about, though. There have been long-standing rumors of the Metroid Prime Trilogy coming to Switch, as well as other Metroid-related projects in the works. Khan elaborates on those situations as well.

- the Metroid Prime Trilogy Switch port has been completed for quite some time
- it was originally going to be announced last month
- there's more Metroid stuff in development

First 4 Figures Presents Metroid Prime Meta Ridley Resin Statue

Today we're happy to announce the first statue from our Metroid Prime - Meta Ridley Resin Metroid Villains Statue line of collectibles.

Estimated Release Date - Q1 2020

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Pre-orders for Metroid Prime - Meta Ridley Resin Statue EXCLUSIVE EDITION is only available until February 22nd 2019.
*You must come back to the website on January 25th 2019, log into your account and VALIDATE your order to confirm your Signature edition.

Exclusive edition
The package includes the following:-

Metroid Prime - Meta Ridley RESIN statue
LED function implemented in the eyes
Chest Plate with LED function
Glow in the Dark Wings
Highly detailed base inspired from the theme and style from the Metroid Prime game
Authentication Card

Product Size:
Statue
Height – 37 inches (94cm)
Width - 33 inches (84cm)
Depth - 22 inches (56cm)
Weight – 6.48 KG

Standard edition
The package includes the following:-

Metroid Prime - Meta Ridley RESIN statue
Glow in the Dark Wings
Highly detailed base inspired from the theme and style from the Metroid Prime game
Authentication Card

Product Size:

Statue
Height – 37 inches (94cm)
Width - 33 inches (84cm)
Depth - 22 inches (56cm)
Weight – 6.48 KG