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Mama Robotnik
(02-20-2011, 05:59 AM)
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Greg Luzniak was an artist at Retro Studios during Metroid Prime's development. On his blog he has this amazing concept art that I don't think has been made public before:



I've searched the Metroid sites and wikis and not seen it posted, so there you are. It's an awesome concept for a much-missed boss.

In case you haven't seen it, the only image in the public domain so far was this test render:



Either way, he's come a long way since the good old days:

AceBandage
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(02-20-2011, 05:59 AM)
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Oh my...
SalsaShark
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(02-20-2011, 05:59 AM)
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Always liked that render
Narag
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(02-20-2011, 06:04 AM)
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I would buy a Minimetroid game with that Kraid as a boss.
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(02-20-2011, 06:12 AM)
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oh damn, could you imagine the theme they'd compose for him? :O
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(02-20-2011, 06:13 AM)
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I've always been kind of glad that Kraid didn't make the cut for Prime. It would have just felt like they were shoehorning in as much stuff from older games as possible to draw Metroid fans in.
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(02-20-2011, 06:16 AM)
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Originally Posted by Ysiadmihi

I've always been kind of glad that Kraid didn't make the cut for Prime. It would have just felt like they were shoehorning in as much stuff from older games as possible to draw Metroid fans in.

Why would they need to draw Metroid fans in if its already a Metroid game ?
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(02-20-2011, 06:16 AM)
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Originally Posted by Ysiadmihi

I've always been kind of glad that Kraid didn't make the cut for Prime. It would have just felt like they were shoehorning in as much stuff from older games as possible to draw Metroid fans in.

Eh, he would've probably been another fantastic boss.
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(02-20-2011, 06:20 AM)
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Poor Kraid, always getting shafted for a 3D appearance. Apparently a 3D Phantoon and Nightmare (Other M spoilers!) fights were a higher priority. And like a gajillion Ridley fights.
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(02-20-2011, 06:21 AM)
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Originally Posted by Green Mamba

Poor Kraid, always getting shafted for a 3D appearance. Apparently a 3D Phantoon and Nightmare (Other M spoilers!) fights were a higher priority. And like a gajillion Ridley fights.

Those were awesome surprises though.
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(02-20-2011, 06:27 AM)
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best theme in the series?
strx
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(02-20-2011, 06:37 AM)
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Originally Posted by SalsaShark

Those were awesome surprises though.

They were lame surprises. Very, very lame.
thecouncil
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(02-20-2011, 06:45 AM)
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Originally Posted by strx

They were lame surprises. Very, very lame.

ay-yi-yi. here we go.
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(02-20-2011, 07:01 AM)
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Phendrana was supposed to have another major boss battle?

I wonder if Magmoor was ever intended to have a boss. I've always felt it was missing something.
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(02-20-2011, 07:08 AM)
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Originally Posted by strx

They were lame surprises. Very, very lame.

To hell with you, they were both friggen amazing. Especially Phantoon.
∀ Narayan
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(02-20-2011, 07:27 AM)
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Originally Posted by strx

They were lame surprises. Very, very lame.

Actually, they're among the few good things in that game.
Mama Robotnik
(02-20-2011, 02:56 PM)
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Couple more but probably less rare - from the portfolio of Andrew Jones.



legacyzero
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(02-20-2011, 03:01 PM)
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<3 Metroid!

Oh, and DAT ART. Some of the most impressive stuff I'd seen back in the Metroid Prime days.

Was anybody else really scared when they found out it was going to be FPS and was relieved at how purely awesome it was?
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(02-20-2011, 03:06 PM)
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Anihawk in 3....2....1....
Boney
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(02-20-2011, 03:18 PM)
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Retro had and still kinda has such amazing artists.
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(02-20-2011, 03:22 PM)
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Giant, four-armed, ice baboon?

Amazing.
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(02-20-2011, 03:25 PM)
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Kraid looks so happy in that render!

That ice world boss makes me really wish they had squeezed it into the game. That's some really nice concept art, but, then again, when is anything out of Retro not impressive?
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(02-20-2011, 03:29 PM)
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Originally Posted by Green Mamba

Poor Kraid, always getting shafted for a 3D appearance. Apparently a 3D Phantoon and Nightmare (Other M spoilers!) fights were a higher priority. And like a gajillion Ridley fights.


Kraid was offered a spot in Other M and he turned it down, preferring to take no work but keep his options open. It was the right career move for him, and I wish I'd followed the same idea when deciding to play the game.
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(02-20-2011, 03:52 PM)
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Originally Posted by strx

They were lame surprises. Very, very lame.

I dunno, Nightmare was a pretty interesting surprise, but it was strange how he was much smaller than he was in his original appearance. The magic kinda ran out when fighting him for the second time, though. Phantoon was interesting (albeit very random) but... not really "end of the game" material. And they definitely didn't have to make him a boss with Bullet Hell Shooter tactics.
∀ Narayan
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(02-20-2011, 03:55 PM)
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That aqua pirate looks pretty badass.
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(02-20-2011, 03:56 PM)
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Why did this man leave Retro!?
balladofwindfishes
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(02-20-2011, 04:01 PM)
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Nightmare for me was only ruined because he lacked his theme song from Metroid Fusion, which is super creepy. Instead they opted for some really bland sci-fi music
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(02-20-2011, 04:05 PM)
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Originally Posted by _dementia

oh damn, could you imagine the theme they'd compose for him? :O

Wouldn't want to if it sounded as tinny and crappy as the rest of the Prime soundtrack.

Boss battle looks like it would've been cool.
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(02-20-2011, 04:07 PM)
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Originally Posted by balladofwindfishes

Nightmare for me was only ruined because he lacked his theme song from Metroid Fusion, which is super creepy. Instead they opted for some really bland sci-fi music

Like Other M had music to begin with.
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(02-20-2011, 04:11 PM)
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Wow, that's awesome. Too bad he didn't make it in, he's my favorite boss in Super Metroid.
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(02-20-2011, 04:13 PM)
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Originally Posted by Mama Robotnik

Either way, he's come a long way since the good old days:

with a few little tweaks, he could fit in the pokemon world.
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(02-20-2011, 04:21 PM)
Wow, that concept art is awesome. Shame he didn't make it in Metroid Prime.

Originally Posted by Mama Robotnik

Either way, he's come a long way since the good old days:

Wow, I never knew he had hair at some point. Mind blown.
MNC
(02-20-2011, 04:28 PM)
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Originally Posted by Mama Robotnik

Couple more but probably less rare - from the portfolio of Andrew Jones.



Those have been made public though, but still awesome. Saving all these concept arts in my dropbox
SpacePirate Ridley
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(02-20-2011, 04:32 PM)
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Ah, knew before entering there would be bitching of the great Other M.
ZombieFred
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(02-20-2011, 04:36 PM)
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It still amazes me on how much Retro put into Metroid Prime. That game is probably one of the all time greats in the previous generation, and a game that defied the quality Retro would be known for since then. Just thinking back when visiting the orbital station again when it sunked, how the atmosphere and exploration kept me in awe for the whole journey in the game. It'e a game that was perfect and how it defied the use of first-person for me.

I am happy to see more stuff on Kraid and glad he wasn't in the game, if they didn't have enough time or it wasn't working for them. But this just shows how much time they invested in a short time scale for this game, for how big the final product was. Thanks Mama for doing these threads.
Grimm Fandango
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(02-20-2011, 04:42 PM)
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Seriously some of the best concept art out there. That Space Pirate one (top right) is incredible.

Where are the artists now?
Last edited by Grimm Fandango; 02-20-2011 at 04:45 PM.
_Alkaline_
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(02-20-2011, 04:44 PM)
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I'd love to see concept art of Ridley from Echoes. Apparently he was scrapped due to time constraints.
Neki
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(02-20-2011, 05:02 PM)
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Originally Posted by _Alkaline_

I'd love to see concept art of Ridley from Echoes. Apparently he was scrapped due to time constraints.

Wow, Ridley in Echo would have been amazing, LOL.
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(02-20-2011, 05:09 PM)
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Originally Posted by strx

They were lame surprises. Very, very lame.

Phantoon and the escape sequence were amazing. Literally ended the game on the highest possible note.
Shiggy
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(02-20-2011, 05:34 PM)
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I still haven't played any of the Metroid Prime titles :/
Didn't enjoy such titles with pad controls, it should be better with the Wii Remote.
∀ Narayan
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(02-20-2011, 05:36 PM)
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Originally Posted by Ultimoo

Wow, Ridley in Echo would have been amazing, LOL.

I actually enjoy the fact that Ridley isn't in it. The game is full of new encounters. It's very fresh. Ridley is in just about every other Metroid game.

Originally Posted by MechaX

Like Other M had music to begin with.

I know. Plus, the Samus Aran theme was cockteased to the maximum.
Mama Robotnik
(02-20-2011, 08:32 PM)
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Not concept art but nonetless something I've found in the last few minutes. They're from Metroid Prime 3 and very spoilerish so avert thou eyes if you never played it.










I found these on one of the Metroid Prime 3's modeller's portfolios, and they really show off the detail in the models. Retro are graphics gods.
Neki
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(02-20-2011, 08:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by ∀ Narayan

I actually enjoy the fact that Ridley isn't in it. The game is full of new encounters. It's very fresh. Ridley is in just about every other Metroid game.


I know. Plus, the Samus Aran theme was cockteased to the maximum.

But..the Ridley fights are probably some of the best stuff you get. Ridley in MP1 and Ridley in the shaft in MP3 was like the best fights ever. :P
Host Samurai
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(02-20-2011, 08:41 PM)
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I always hate when they take out cool shit in games.
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(02-20-2011, 08:42 PM)
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I get that they had to cut Kraid from Prime due to time constraints, but I don't get why he didn't make it into either of the sequels. He totally should've been the Pirate homeworld leviathan boss in Corruption. Instead we got another Ridley fight.
Ignis Fatuus
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(02-20-2011, 08:49 PM)
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I really hope that Retro gets to develop a new franchise sometime.
Mama Robotnik
(02-20-2011, 08:50 PM)
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Another find in the last few minutes though a bit of an oddity. Its from the site of Rick Kohler who used to work at Retro Studios. I'm not a hundred percent sure its meant to be Metroid or not, but the visor style, mist on the visor and weapon-cross in the bottom-left corner sure do look like it.



HD and very detailed, clearly not a Wii or Gamecube game. Bit of a mystery that one.
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(02-20-2011, 08:50 PM)
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Damn, some of those bosses look sweet. Wouldn't mind seeing them put into another game.
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(02-20-2011, 08:51 PM)
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Originally Posted by Mama Robotnik

Another find in the last few minutes though a bit of an oddity. Its from the site of Rick Kohler who used to work at Retro Studios. I'm not a hundred percent sure its meant to be Metroid or not, but the visor style, mist on the visor and weapon-cross in the bottom-left corner sure do look like it.

[IMG]http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q432/mappster32/kohler.jpg[IMG]

HD and vert detailed, clearly not a Wii or Gamecube game. Bit of a mystery that one.

Probably an early concept pitching the visor POV.
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(02-20-2011, 08:56 PM)
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Oh Mama are you insane you are going to blow every bit of my mind apart.

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