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Metroid and all its games would be the perfect basis for an animated program or motion picture. Unfortunately, especially in the case of the former, that's not happening anytime soon. Why? Because Nintendo's track records on both ends have been less than stellar.

Captain N: The Game Master was the best show they helped to produce, which perhaps is not saying much, and the less said about the live action Super Mario Bros movie, the better.

It's a shame because, in the right hands, a Metroid show/movie would be awesome. But whose? Here's a suggestion: Dave Rapoza.

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While Nintendo decidedly played it safe with their versus E3 Nintendo Direct announcements, one game in particular seemed to be missing -- "Metroid."
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Image source: Johnny D. Iles

Because no one will love you as much as a sassy brain in a jar.

Sure, we could talk about the iconic villainess from "Metroid," but in honor of the holiday, we thought it would be better to focus on her animated counterpart from "Captain N." Voiced by former Four Tops singer and "Little Shop of Horrors" actor Levi Stubbs, the animated Mother Brain was just the right mix of cleverness, pettiness, and eternal exasperation necessary to make a good foil for the Saturday morning heroes of "Captain N."

If you're thinking about showing your Mother (Brain) some love this year, why not send her a bouquet of flowers, or Captain N's light gun, or some fish flakes for her tank?

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By Joseph Leray

Ok, so the last new “Metroid” game anyone played was “Other M” from 2010, and the last “Metroid” game anyone liked was “Prime 3: Corruption,” but the series still has cultural cachet, right? Right!

Enter a Lego Cuusoo user by the name of Zurtech: he or she used Lego’s digital design software to create a “Metroid”-based set, complete with Samus (Zero Suit and Varia Suit versions, natch), her iconic ship, Mother Brain, and metroid incubation tanks. There are roughly one billion Lego sets that include dragons, so I don’t fault Zurtech for skipping out on designing a Ridley.
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Yes, what you see above is a near perfect representation of Big Daddy from "BioShock" made entirely out of the awesome plastic bricks we call LEGO. Don't worry, there's no way this little guy has the ability to brutally disfigure you. Read More...

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It's undeniable that Nintendo are game console innovators – they have been doing it since the early 1980s, having incrementally pushed gaming forward more than any other company, ever. Now, almost thirty years after the release of their first console, the Nitnendo Entertainment System, they are doing it again with the Wii U. For better or worse, Nintendo are launching an all-new system, with an all-new control scheme, and creating all new ways to play. However, there's always one catch to any kind of innovation that people don't talk about: you have to explain it to people. For Nintendo, the last time they had to sell people on a new concept, motion controlled gaming, they had Wii Sports to help people get up off their couches and play tennis in their living rooms. This time around, Nintendo is using Nintendo Land to demonstrate all the different ways you can use the Wii U's GamePad to play, and doing so with a hearty helping of nostalgia.
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I grew up with all of Nintendo's consoles (except Gamecube - I don't want to talk about it) and the thing I hated most was sitting down to play a game only to find a bum cartridge tossing me glitched out screens no matter how many times I blew on it. Needless to say all those bad boys found a new home in the trash, but after seeing what could have been done with them I'm starting to regret it.

The magical artwork you see above is a one-of-a-kind, life-size sculpture commissioned by used games retailer JJ Games. It features Metroid's Samus Aran created entirely out of old Nintendo cartridges from NES, SNES, Gameboy and N64 and it's up for grabs on eBay right now! Read More...

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Metroid: Other M

If you're getting a late start on Nintendo's latest "Metroid" release, "Metroid: Other M," you should definitely be wary of an issue which has the potential to wipe out all of your progress and start you from square one.

Nintendo has acknowledged a glitch which takes place after obtaining the Ice Beam. If players backtrack and defeat the two-legged spiked enemy nearby, instead of proceeding through the nearby door, their save game will officially be FUBAR. And, because Nintendo doesn't do software updates for individual titles, it won't be fixed anytime soon.

There is an alternative, though. Nintendo is offering to repair any glitched save games, free of charge. Now for the hitch: You have to mail your save game all the way to Japan. Specifically:

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Metroid Other M

When it comes to games with a legacy, few are as long-lived or as beloved as "Metroid." The Nintendo classic follows the yellow-and-red-armored star-hopping bounty hunter Samus Aran and her repeated run-ins with the titular race of life-absorbing creatures. Her latest adventure, "Metroid: Other M," is at once a dramatic departure from what's come before and a loving tribute to everything the series has been. There are a few definite stumbles, some easier to overlook than others, but one thing becomes abundantly clear after playing through the game: This is an undeniably faithful "Metroid" experience.

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Metroid Other M

We know "Metroid: Other M" is going to bring a whole lot of cut scene action when it arrives on August 31. Nintendo's new teaser trailer for the title only lasts 30 seconds, though, and it sets up some dramatic confrontations for Samus Aran. Check it out after the jump.

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