Heavens to Metroid! Samus Aran from Metroid: Other M in top figma form

From the newest installment in Nintendo’s Metroid series comes Samus from Metroid: Other M! Max Factory has partnered with the figma collection to produce this figure depicting the otherworldly heroine herself. This video-game protagonist is rendered in smooth plastic to allow for maximum poseability and articulation. She comes with a Morph Ball, beam effect accessories, five hand pieces, and a figma stand. She stands six inches tall.

She woke up like this.

She woke up like this.

Light Suit Samus of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes in colossal 20-inch format

Own a piece of the insanely successful Metroid Prime franchise with your very own Samus. She may be as she appears in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, but Samus is sure to inspire heartwarming throwbacks to the original NES experience of Metroid. In fact, this version of Galactic Federation heroine Samus Aran comes 24 years since the first of 12 Metroid games were released. She comes fitted in her technologically advanced Light Suit. It’s ideal for everything that she might be called on to do, whether it’s eradicating the Dark Dimension or harnessing the power of the Light of Aether to storm the Sky Temple. She measures a mammoth 20 inches, in incredible 1/4 scale to do justice to her majestic presence. Samus will be ready for preorder shipping in March 2015 — mark it down!

"My past is not a memory. It's a force at my back. It pushes and steers."

“My past is not a memory. It’s a force at my back. It pushes and steers.”

Samus Aran Zero Suit Version 8 inch Statue

From Max Factory/Good Smile Company! From the latest game in the Metroid series, METROID: Other M, comes a 1/8-scale of the series protagonist, Samus Aran, showing off her beautiful face while wearing her Zero Suit – the outfit she wears while out on missions. She looks as cool and calm as ever as she holds her gun in her right hand, ready to take on anything that comes her way. The Baby Metroid that plays an important role in the story is also included along with Samus. It’s a figure that really brings out the atmosphere of the Metroid world for fans to enjoy!

Samus Aran Zero Suit Version 8 inch Statue

Samus Aran Metroid Figure

The newest addition to Nintendo’s popular Metroid series, comes a figma of the main character, Samus Aran! Using the smooth yet poseable joints of figma, you can act out a variety of different scenes. A flexible plastic is used which allows proportions to be kept without compromising posability. Various extras are included, such as the popular “Morph Ball,” two different beam effects, and a different part to pose her shooting missiles. She comes five different hand parts for her left hand, including an open hand, a gripped close hand and the famous “thumbs-up” hand. A poseable figma stand is included, which allows various poses to be taken.

Samus Aran Metroid Figure

METROID PRIME GUNSHIP

A 10-inch replica of Samus’ iconic gunship has arrived from First 4 Figures and it looks absolutely amazing. If you’re a fan of the franchise, you’re going to have to get your hands on this one.

Samus Aran’s Gunship in Metroid Prime is capable of inter-galactic flight, has antigravity landing pods and is battle ready. If battle becomes unavoidable, the ship is outfitted with enough firepower to survive firefights against bigger and more numerous foes as it is equipped with twin Power Beam turrets and a retractable rear-mounted Plasma Beam cannon.

Recreated from the original game files, this gunship is amazingly detailed and perfectly accurate– plus, LEDs are placed in the ship for some incredible effects with light-up engines. The ship is mounted with a swivel joint, allowing for tilting and repositioning, too. Collectors will be pleased to know it also comes with full-colour packaging, a hand-numbered base and a Certificate of Authenticity.

The Other M: Nintendo Fixes the Bug! Plus: Statues!

Nintendo’s new Metrod: Other M is hotly-anticipated and sure to rise to the top as part of their signature franchise, but that’ll have to be after they fix something that’s gone wrong. Here’s a look and the story from Kotaku.

Metroid: The Other M has a game-freezing bug. In Japan, Nintendo has a fix. It involves sending things on a truck.

The bug has been causing players to get stuck in the Section 3 section of the game. Stuck as stuck and not able to get out. It’s a game-breaking bug. Some players are unable to get a door with a red lock open after swinging past three grappling points.

The bug does not affect all players. It is apparently caused when players double back to a save point after defeating an enemy. Players that continue straight ahead do not experience the bug.

In Japan, Nintendo is offering to rectify the problem. The Kyoto-based company is asking players to either send a SD card with their save files or their Wii console (with its 512MB of internal Flash memory) to its service center in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture.

It is not necessary for players to send a copy of their game. Nintendo says it will take a week to fix the game and will cover the cost of shipping.

In an official release, Nintendo humbly apologizes for any trouble this bug has caused.

Kotaku is contacting Nintendo of America to see if a similar program will be offered.

Hopefully, they’ll get a positive response. I know from a bad experience involving an oft-forgotten and underrated game called “Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy” that it’s infuriating to encounter a blocked door and have to start all over again just because you dared to save.

But in some happier or at least lighter Metroid related news, we’ve got a very un-buggy and non-defective statue available that might put a smile on the face of fans! And here she is:

Clad in her skin-tight ZERO SUIT, Samus Aran stands at about 7 inches tall and comes from First For Figures and PBM Express.

PBM Express is extremely proud to present Samus Aran’s Zero Suit, the third collectible statues in First 4 Figures highly anticipated suit series based on Retro Studios Metroid Prime game trilogy. This version is based on the Zero Suit seen at the end of Metroid Prime 2 Echoes. First 4 Figures has used the official game files in order to create an extremely accurate recreation of the Zero Suit. She comes armed with her signature pistol and has curves in all the right places! The Zero Suit was first seen in Metroid: Zero Mission, ending sequences of Metroid Prime 2 and Metroid Prime Hunters, and is making an appearance in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Brawl.Cast in high quality poly-stone, the statue is hand finished and hand painted. Comes packed in a foam interior full colored box with a card of authenticity. Artist: Original Metroid game data with modification by Jiang Di.

The Nintendo DS Goes 3D

We’ve got a ton of Mario/Nintendo toys available for sale over at CMDStore.com. On top of that, you’ll also find Legend of Zelda and Super Metroid items if you’ve a taste for two of Nintendo’s greatest heroes of the non-plumber kind.

But here’s why I bring it up…(besides employement!)

See, I am and always have been a devoted Nintendo girl. In the face of Microsoft and Sony awesomeness, I have always gone for the PC versions of games like Dead Space or Arkham Asylum rather than give in to temptaion and stray from the Nintendo path. When the Wii came out, I was pretty nervous that the competition would eliminate it, but even if I could admit the Wii’s failings, I was thrilled to see it surge right to the top on its own ingenuity. And as you might imagine, I’m always pleased to hear about the success of the DS, which is not only my favourite handheld ever, but seems to have proven itself as the world’s favourite.

They haven’t strayed far from the original formula. They came out with the DS, then the streamlined DS Lite, then the DSi with a camera, now the DS XL with a screen 93% larger than the DSi. But now, Nintendo seems poised to revolutionize their own device by releasing the upcoming Nintendo DS 3D.

Here’s the story from PC World.

Nintendo says it’ll release a 3D version of its DS handheld gaming portable. We learned that much from Nintendo’s official press teaser this morning. But according to Japanese newshound Adriansang, several mainstream Japanese sources are weighing in with claims of tantalizing supplemental specs.

For starters, Nikkei believes Nintendo’s new 3DS will include a stick (a thumbstick?) used to manipulate objects in 3D. Add vibration-feedback to the roster, designed “to communicate attacks and strikes to the player.” Nikkei claims Nintendo nabbed patents for both technologies (presumably in a 3D context) last year.

Expect the 3DS’s integrated wireless to speed up as in the new model, probably to 802.11g. The current models have 802.11b WLAN chip (11Mbit/s), and while 802.11n can handle blazing speeds notwithstanding bottlenecks, 802.11g (54Mbit/s) would be plenty fast.

Look for a battery life boost as well, perhaps a return to DS Lite levels–the newer DSi only lasts about 9 hours on average, versus 15 hours for the DS Lite.

And in a move sure to grab Apple’s attention, the 3DS may include an accelerometer, i.e. a “tilt sensor.” Apple’s iPad and iPhone also employ this technology. Of course we already heard about this back in January.

Japanese news site Daily Yomiuri believes the system will use a Sharp 3D LCD panel that places an additional layer over the screen to create the 3D effect per slight differences in the image seen by either eye. If accurate, that sounds a lot like 3D screen technology previewed at CeBit.

But what about viewing 3D on a tiny handheld device?

According to Nikkei, the 3DS’s screen (singular in the Adriansang report, though this could be a translation error) will measure less than 4 inches, corner to corner.

Imagine viewing a movie like Avatar in 3D on the PSP. Would you really care about the 3D effect in a screen space that small? Remember, we’re talking about a screen that’s typically positioned a foot or more from your eyes. It’s not like a Viewmaster, which can do full stereographic field of view imaging because it’s held directly up to your eyes.

So in summary, here’s what we know: Nintendo says it will release a 3D version of its DS handheld in Japan by March 2011. Full stop.

Here’s what we don’t know, but wish we did: Will the resolution be higher? Will the processor be dramatically faster? Will it use Nvidia’s Tegra 3D chip as previously speculated? Will older DS games be natively processed or emulated? Will it still have two cameras? Will they be any sharper than the low-quality pair in the current DSi? What sort of audio system will it use? Will one or both of the screens be touch-sensitive? Will we still use a stylus? And most importantly: Is the new model meant to be a stepwise family increment, like all the DS’s, or is it a completely new family, like the leap from the Game Boy Advance to the original DS?

And here’s what we don’t know, but some are claiming: The new model will include a 3D control stick, rumble feedback, faster wireless, better battery life, a single (or is that pair of?) slightly-less-than-four-inch LCD(s), and an accelerometer.

Oh, and Nikkei thinks it’ll actually ship 2010 (in Japan, anyway) and not 2011.