A picture circling the Internet and various news websites have brought to light a potential lead designer for Metroid Prime 4.  The gentleman’s profile on the job and social media site LinkedIn paints him as a Lead Designer for Bandai Namco Singapore.  The profile lists games such as Ace Combat VR, Ridge Racer, and an exclusive unannounced Nintendo IP for the Switch of the First-Person Shooter/Adventure genre.  Of course, this could be any unannounced game in that genre, and while this is strictly a rumor; however, if the rumor mill is grinding any truth, then the grains could slowly be coming together.



We previously reported the first rumor that Bandai Namco was behind the game back in November when reddit user DasVergeBen made a huge post with a large amount of rumors.  DasVergeBen has been credited with some successful leaks (whether from actual sources or lucky guesses….well that’s to be seen).  That being the case, the latest find only adds a bit of fuel to the Bandai Namco rumors.


While the term “unannounced Nintendo IP” and “First-Person/Adventure” are of interest as Metroid Prime fits that category in general, other terms, not shown in the originally found picture, within the profile experience at BNS such as the below add to that fan rumor fuel.  We managed to find the profile in question and found the extra information pictured below:





“System Design – Designed combat encounters, puzzles, environmental hazards, car suspensions, acceleration balances, weapon balances, and spawn placements for multiple titles.”

Many of these could be interpreted across many games, puzzles, environmental hazards, and weapon balance being the ones that stick out most.


“UI Design – Oversaw UI design for transition between original platforms to new modern trends.”

While my initial thought is that this likely correlates with transitioning Ace Combat into the VR setting, it could also indicate adapting the UI for the Metroid Prime series from motion capabilities of the Wiimote to the Switch controls.


“Concept Design – Created many design concepts in order to meet Nintendo’s exacting requirements.”

If this was a new IP, design concepts wouldn’t be a huge deal.  Yes, Big N would have a lot to say; however, Nintendo is very stringent when it comes to their existing IP’s and this could easily come inline with the Metroid franchise.



“Writing – Wrote ingame lore entries, plot structures, backstories, dialogues, and announcer barks.”

This is what stands out the most and maybe that’s because the word “lore” is not a term that is normally used when discussing a games back story and history in general.  While fans of a series would consider information like this lore, to utilize the actual term is very Metroid Prime in it’s terminology.


Of course, this is ALL speculation and rumor.  None of this is confirmed or should be taken as gospel.  As a little bonus trivia bit, while perusing the BNS employee list that I could find, I came across another employee who back in 2004-2006 worked for Silver Ant Sdn Bhd where she was a Metroid Prime Hunters environments, lightning, and texturing for in-game cinematics.  While far enough back to not really be fuel for the rumor as video game staff are constantly jumping between companies, it’s great to see another BNS employee with some MP experience.



Metroid News


Just added a ton of instruction manuals to the game sections. For the most part, these are Japanese and European versions of the manuals. So if you ever wanted to see what the Wii version of Metroid Prime’s manual looked like, now you can. Game sections affected were:

  • Metroid 2 Return of Samus
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Metroid Zero Mission
  • Metroid Other M
  • Metroid Prime
  • Metroid Prime 2
  • Metroid Prime 3
  • Metroid Prime Hunters
  • Metroid Prime Hunters First Hunt
  • Super Smash Bros.

I’m also thinking of giving Metroid Prime Trilogy its own individual section, instead of trying to sloppily merge it with any of the other Primes. But that will have to be a project for another day. As usual we appreciate all your patience while we slowly but surely add things back to the site over time. We are also going to work on updating the forum and give it a brand new theme. Oh yeah, and you can register again there if you weren’t able to in the last couple of months.

HUGE thanks to our manual scanners: Alexander, Elbowbot, and Max Mag!



“…Nintendo really came out swinging and went all in on one of their most underutilized franchises in their arsenal.”  MDB staffer Matthew “Sharonlover” Sharpe enters the Metroid review fray with his first look into Nintendo’s latest release in the franchise, Metroid: Samus Returns.  **NOTICE** Be aware that if you have not played through the game yet, this review contains spoilers.  Click the image below to read.




We have finally created a Discord channel for fans to chat in real-time. This channel also features 50 select emojis from our awesome forum. Come on out and talk about Metroid or whatever you want! If you’re not familiar with Discord, you can access it three different ways: mobile version, PC app version, or webbrowser version. Hope to see you there!

Click the image below for the invite link:



Four beautiful Metroid-inspired tshirts are once again available from Once Upon A Tee. This is a great opportunity to deck yourself out if you don’t already own some Metroid tees! OUAT offers excellent quality clothing and accessories and comes highly recommended. The designs will become unavailable next Monday, so don’t miss out!

Each Tshirt is only $12!


Or get all 4 designs for $44!



Eureka! We finally have decals available for you to purchase. Choose between 2 different designs, either red or white versions are available. The decals are super rad and will complement any back windshield or bumper of a car. We hope you enjoy this new addition to our store.

If you ever need to get back to our store, it’s also listed in the MAIN menu in our nifty new navigation panel.













So it finally happened, everyone! MetroidDatabase.com has been reborn into the site you see before you. We have put a lot of work into making this site into the best possible Metroid site on the web and we hope you’ll agree. When you think about it, twenty-one years of Metroid content is quite overwhelming, and that said, I’m going to be perfectly honest: it’s not all there.


The new site had to be released today for obvious reasons as it is our 21st anniversary of being online. The good news is in its current state, it’s quite usable. You’ll be able to paruse all of our revamped game sections and take a look at most of our media, maps, and information on the game series. You can even listen to a soundtrack while viewing that game’s section, too! But on the other hand, a lot of our old site simply hasn’t been converted or added to this new design. It’s a lot of work. And I believe most of you will understand that. We can only do so much in a limited time span with limited resources and staff. Rest assured, we will be constantly adding more and more content to the site as time goes on until the site is back in its former glory and beyond. This includes the forum (which we plan on giving it a new look), the podcast, the entire 21-year news archive, all of our features pages and articles, comics and manga, and more. We’ll also be putting out a job req out there sometime soon, if you’re interested in joining the ranks of the MDb staff.


You may also notice that we now have a store. The MDb store can be found here, and will allow you to purchase our new enamel pins. These pins are in very limited quantity. So if you want one, now’s the time, because they are guaranteed to not last very long. We are also going to be offering custom decals to you. As of this writing they are not ready yet, but they are definitely on the way, so look forward to that. All of your purchases will directly assist funding this website and hopefully allow us to produce more cool stuff for you!


In the meantime, we hope you’ll be patient with us while we add all of the rest of our exclusive content back to the site little by little as well as enjoy our news posts – which now has its own comment section – and our social media pages, helping our community grow bigger and stronger than ever before. (Just keep it civil, folks, or we’ll ban you faster than you can blink.)


Thanks go out to Devin, Matt, Philipp, and all of our extremely generous overseas donors who took the time to scan all of their Metroid merch for us. We are on our way to becoming the be-all-end-all resource for finding images of every release of Metroid in history throughout the entire world. That’s a pretty big deal if you ask me! As always, submissions are more than welcome. Please do so by emailing contact@metroiddatabase.com


Lastly, I would like to send out a huuuuuuge thank you to our new rockstar web developer, Jarrod, whose elite WordPress skills were taken to their very limit. He has helped create something very special, and we couldn’t have done any of it without you. Big props to him.