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Super Metroid: Sound in Action is a music CD released only in Japan. It was released on June 22, 1994 and features music from Metroid and Super Metroid. The Metroid music was composed by Hirokazu Tanaka and Super Metroid music was composed by Kenji Yamamoto and Minako Hamano, giving the CD a total runtime of 58:49.
The first four tracks of the CD are arranged versions of Super Metroid themes, followed by a fifth track that is an arranged version of Ending (Metroid). Remixed by Yoshiyuki Ito and Masumi Ito, these arrangements use higher-quality instruments than what the SNES was capable of producing.
The Metroid music appears to have been ripped from recordings of the Family Computer Disk System game and not from development files. Many of them contain in-game sound effects and do not contain the complete music track. The Super Metroid soundtrack is comparatively higher-quality.
Tracklist[edit | edit source]
- Theme of Super Metroid (Arranged Version)
- Crateria - The Space Pirates Appear (Arranged Version)
- Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior (Arranged Version)
- Super Metroid Ending (Arranged Version)
- Metroid Ending (Arranged Version)
- Appearance Fanfare~Brinstar
- Norfair Area
- Ridley's Chamber
- Kraid's Chamber
- Opening (Destruction of the Space Colony)
- Theme of Super Metroid
- Planet Zebes - Arrival on Crateria
- Crateria - The Space Pirates Appear
- Brinstar Overgrown With Vegetation Area
- Brinstar Red Soil Swampy Area
- Norfair Hot Lava Area
- Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior
- Wrecked Ship
- Maridia Rocky Underwater Area
- Maridia Drifting Sand Underwater Area
- Norfair Ancient Ruins Area
- Mini Boss Confrontation BGM (Spore Spawn, Botwoon)
- Big Boss Confrontation BGM (Ridley, Draygon)
- Big Boss Confrontation BGM (Kraid, Crocomire, Phantoon)
- Samus Aran's Appearance Fanfare
- Item Acquisition Fanfare
- Samus Aran's Final Cry
- Mysterious Statue Chamber
- Mother Brain
- Planet Zebes Explodes
Missing tracks[edit | edit source]
Not all of the music in Metroid or Super Metroid is present on this CD. Below is a list of themes in the games that are not included:
- The Elevator theme from either game.
- The Item Acquisition Fanfare from Metroid.
- The "ambient silence" theme from Super Metroid. This is a variant of that game's aforementioned Elevator theme, with everything removed except the low drone.
- The short Movie Ship Landing theme heard when flying back to Ceres Space Colony and then to Zebes in Super Metroid.
- The Ceres Space Colony theme in Super Metroid, before the encounter with Ridley.
- The "Torizo awakening" theme in Super Metroid.
- The foreboding theme heard when Samus is approaching a boss in the same game.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The render of Samus on the cover is also present on the Super Metroid Super Famicom cartridge.