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Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Metroid' Spirit Board event announced

The last Metroid is heading your way

Time for another Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board event. This time around the Metroid series is the focus, with all sorts of Spirits from Samus' universe coming in to do battle. The event kicks off this Friday, so make sure you're ready to do battle with some other-worldly characters!

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order dev further explains the Metroid connection

The last Jedi is in captivity

Back before E3 2019 kicked off, Game Informer had an interview with one of the dev team members working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. That developer said that the team looked at Metroid Prime closely and took it as a source of inspiration for their game. Now a new video feature has come out concerning the topic, which you can check out above.

Nintendo's Kensuke Tanabe says Metroid Prime 4 wasn't mentioned at E3 because they wanted people to focus on Luigi's Mansion 3

There's always next year

Nintendo didn't make a peep about Metroid Prime 4 at this year's E3. We know the game restarted development from scratch with Retro at the helm, and it can't be all that far along. Still, wasn't there anything to share about the game at all? Eurogamer asked Nintendo's Kensuke Tanabe about Samus' next adventure, and you can see the exchange below.

EG: Mr. Tanabe I can't not ask you about a certain other project you're working on - Metroid Prime 4. We haven't seen anything of it at all this E3. Do you have an update for fans waiting patiently for it?

Tanabe: I shouldn't say, it's a little tricky... To be completely honest, at this E3 I just want people to pay attention to Luigi. If I mention something about Metroid Prime 4, people will focus on that. But when the time comes, I am so ready to talk about it!

Retro Studios looking to hire an Art Director for Metroid Prime 4

We've got a long wait for this one


Retro Studios is going full-steam ahead on Metroid Prime 4. The company has just shared a new listing for an Art Director to help lead the way on Metroid Prime 4. This listing just goes to show how long of a wait we could be in for with Metroid Prime 4.

Thanks to KingBroly for the heads up!

Retailers add Metroid and Pikmin Switch placeholders to their websites

We'll find out the truth in a few minutes!

With less than a half-hour to go before today's Nintendo Direct E3 2019, retailers are still making decisions that have us speculating up to the last minute. A Swiss retailer has added up a listing for Pikmin 4 on Switch, complete with some random, fan-made cover art. On top of that, Walmart has added a listing for Metroid with a placeholder cover. Will either of these pop up during today's Direct? we'll find out VERY soon!

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order dev team says they looked at Metroid Prime closely as a source of inspiration

At least a dev team at EA respects Nintendo

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is not coming to the Switch, but the developers behind the game certainly have a fond place in their hearts for Nintendo. In particular, the team has quite an affinity for Metroid. In an interview with Game Informer, Stig Asmussen, Jedi: Fallen Order’s director, mentions how the Metroid series inspired the development of the game.

“We looked at the structure of Metroid Prime closely. Early on, I looked at the cadence of getting upgrades in Metroid and we mapped that out. Ours in Jedi: Fallen Order is nothing like that, but it was a good exercise to go through. I think [Jedi: Fallen Order’s approach] will feel fresh; it’s not exactly like Metroidvania. We also looked at games like Bloodborne and Dark Souls that have the same types of methodology. We studied those games and they inspired us to find an experience that works well for our game.”

IGN Video - Up At Noon: A $500 Samus Statue To Hold You Over Till Metroid Prime 4

The last statue is in captivity

First 4 Figures produced this gorgeous light-up Samus Aran statue based on her Metroid Prime 2 Varia suit.

DIC Entertainment originally planned a Metroid cartoon featuring Samus as a man

Metroid's a man?!

People my age have very fond memories of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, complete with its Mario Bros. and Zelda animated features. There were other Mario-related shows to come, as well as the Captain N. series featuring numerous Nintendo-related characters. Now we know that DIC Entertainment originally had other ideas planned, including a really strange one.

An estate sale from a former DIC employee has turned up promo art for Nintendo animated series' that never were, including the Metroid cartoon seen above. Whether it was a mistake or a new direction for the cartoon, DIC had envisioned a Metroid cartoon that turned Samus into a man. We aren't quite sure why the idea never got the greenlight, but we're happy it didn't!

Other promotional art turned up as well, including planned series' for California Games, Castlevania, and Double Dragon. These cartoons never made it out of the pitch phase either, although a different Double Dragon series would eventually see release.

Retro opens multiple job listings looking for Metroid Prime 4 dev leads

A few good men and women

Retro Studios has just posted about numerous job openings at their company, and it looks like they're interested in bringing in a bunch of people. Among the listings, there are multiple positions for lead devs. Check out the full rundown of jobs below.

- Art Director
- Product Tester
- Art Outsourcing Manager
- Level 3 IT Engineer
- Level 1 Gameplay Engineer
- Lead External Environment Artist
- Lead Character Artist
- Lead Cinematics Artist
- Lead Graphics Engineer
- Level 1 Tools Engineer
- Level 3 Tools Engineer
- Physics Engineer

With Retro looking to fill all these roles, it looks like we might be in for quite a wait with Metroid Prime 4. Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

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!

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