- This page is for the NES game, for other platforms see Metroid.
Metroid is a very fun adventure platform game where you play the role of a bounty hunter named Samus Aran. You are trying to stop a ruthless band of space pirates from breeding a terrible army of the deadly alien beasts known as metroids. In the game, you'll find power-ups like the ability to morph your body into a ball, high jumping boots, and a protective vira shield. You'll also find powerful weapons like the ice beam, wave beam, missiles, and bombs. As you work your way through the labyrinth of rocky cave, organic tunnels, and futuristic corridors you'll battle with some of the most deadly alien criminals in the world, Kraid, Ridley, and Mother Brain. Every section has its own look and feel, each more spine-chilling then the last.
Metroid is also the sister game of Kid Icarus: Angel Land Story (NES), both being released by the same development staff, using similar game engines, password systems, and platform adventure styles. However, while Kid Icarus failed to make a splash, Metroid became one of the most popular NES franchises.
A PlayChoice-10 version of the the game was released, but the music is the same in both versions.
This soundtrack is often thought of as Hirokazu Tanaka's magnum opus before leaving Nintendo. In an interview, Tanaka explained that, in order to give the game mood, he purposely excluded catchy melodies and used minor chords throughout the background songs until the game's ending tune. This was quite the opposite approach to his soundtrack on Metroid's sister game, Kid Icarus: Angel Land Story (NES).
The Famicom Disk System version utilizes its expansion chip for some of the songs.
|01||Title BGM||Hirokazu Tanaka||Hirokazu Tanaka||2:28||Download|
|02||Samus Appears Jingle||Hirokazu Tanaka||Hirokazu Tanaka||0:06||Download|
|03||Brinstar (Rock Stage)||Hirokazu Tanaka||Hirokazu Tanaka||1:45||Download|
|04||Mini Boss Room I||Hirokazu Tanaka||Hirokazu Tanaka||1:39||Download|
|05||Norfair (Flame Stage)||Hirokazu Tanaka||Hirokazu Tanaka||1:21||Download|
|06||Mini Boss Room II||Hirokazu Tanaka||Hirokazu Tanaka||1:53||Download|
|07||Silence||Hirokazu Tanaka||Hirokazu Tanaka||1:30||Download|
|08||Get Item Jingle||Hirokazu Tanaka||Hirokazu Tanaka||0:04||Download|
|09||Tourian (Base Stage)||Hirokazu Tanaka||Hirokazu Tanaka||0:35||Download|
|10||Zebetite||Hirokazu Tanaka||Hirokazu Tanaka||0:23||Download|
|11||Escape||Hirokazu Tanaka||Hirokazu Tanaka||2:18||Download|
|12||Ending||Hirokazu Tanaka||Hirokazu Tanaka||2:14||Download|
- Ripper: Scott Worley
- Recorder: TheAlmightyGuru
- Game Credits:
- Music By: Hirokazu Tanaka credited as Hip Tanaka
(Source, alias verified by composer)
Hirokazu Tanaka is known for writing his own audio driver in 6502 assembly and customizing it if the game needed something special, so he not only composed the music and arranged it for the NES, but he probably wrote the audio driver used in Metroid.
Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.