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The Metroid Database (also known as the MDb) is a fan website created on October 16, 1996 to provide detailed information and media for the Metroid series to the web, including various manga and other media translated into English. Recently, the site was revamped with the backgrounds being scenery from areas in Super Metroid.
"Recognition" by NintendoEdit
In 2002, Metroid Fusion: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide used images from the MDb website for the Super Metroid cover art and possibly the original Metroid, as well. The site watermark is clearly visible on the image of the former, and the same images also appear to be used on Metroid.com's Metroid Fusion website. As this was in the early age of Google, it is likely a mere accident that the MDb's logo is present in the guide. MDb's webmaster, TJ Rappel, was happy that the site was useful to Nintendo and stated that the games were his own copies sitting on his shelf.