Metroid: Other M – “Vs. Ridley” (Kuniaki Haishima)September 2, 2010
Super Metroid had several classic themes that found their way to many other games in the series. One of these is the theme of Ridley, everyone’s favorite enemy from the series (aside from the Metroids, of course). Ridley’s theme (and the big dragon himself) has appeared in Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 3, Metroid Fusion, Metroid Prime Pinball, and now Metroid: Other M. I think Kuniaki Haishima’s rendition is the best.
“Vs. Ridley” is an intense theme with some wicked drumwork to put you on your toes. Short bursts of notes replicate the desperate fight and quick pounding of the controller to fire beams and launch those missiles (much faster in the original version). The high notes at 0:23 recall Ridley swooping overhead, a giant monster pouncing on Samus in a deadly attack. The original theme is quite short at about 30 seconds, but Haishima added lots of new material, particularly a big strings section at 0:55 and adds several loops as a kicker.
“Vs. Ridley” was originally composed by Minako Hamano, who also worked on Metroid Fusion and Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Her style provides a unique touch to the series, from the Maridia themes to the boss music.
Kuniaki Haishima has composed music for anime; Metroid: Other M is his debut. He worked on Appleseed, Gasaraki, and Blue Gender, all of which contain some flavor that is a little similar to Metroid.
Among the remixes of this track is Enki’s slowly-paced orchestral mix, “Wrestling the Beast” from VGMix 1.0. It’s certainly an interesting take, but not as energetic as the other mixes. More enjoyable is Yusuke Takehama’s arrange from Super Smash Bros. Brawl that includes a heavy guitar, lead synth instead of trumpets, and some funky synth percussion. In many ways, it comes off as a Super Metroid 2.0.