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Movie Ship Landing[1] is a theme from Super Metroid, which was later remixed in Metroid: Samus Returns. It was originally composed by Kenji Yamamoto.


Super MetroidEdit

The original version of Movie Ship Landing is first heard when Samus Aran's Gunship arrives at Ceres Space Colony, and then heard again when arriving at Zebes. It serves to build up tension while introducing players to their new destination. Both instances partially obscure the music with sound effects, making a "clean" version of the track difficult to obtain.

In Super Metroid, Movie Ship Landing is a short and simplistic track, consisting of a low strings playing a chord while accompanied by computer-like beeping. The Zebes version is slightly longer than the Ceres version, with the strings playing a second chord at a lower key. The Ceres version can be heard here: [1], and the Zebes version can be heard here: [2]

Metroid: Samus ReturnsEdit

Movie Ship Landing was significantly extended by Daisuke Matsuoka in Samus Returns, where it can be heard as the Gunship lands on SR388. The chords accompanying the beeping are now brighter and played on synths. It then builds up to a strings and choir remix of Theme of Samus similar to Star Ship from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption but now sounding even darker and more aggressive, fitting the nature of Samus Aran's mission to exterminate an entire species. Movie Ship Landing ends with the Metroid Prime version of Samus Aran's Appearance Fanfare. It can be heard here: [3]


  1. ^ As named in the internal data of Metroid: Samus Returns
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