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Metroid’s original composer reflects on score 30 years after its release

by Ron Duwell | August 8, 2016August 8, 2016 4:00 pm PST

It can’t be understated enough just how revolutionary the original Metroid’s soundtrack was. In an age that was dominated by memorable singles like the Super Mario Bros. and Legend of Zelda themes, composer Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka used sound to do something very different in a video game.

He created ambiance, atmosphere, and a mood with his music. In 1987, this was almost unheard of with the closest maybe being the Mega Man games, with level themes that gave each stage a unique character. For a modern comparison, you can look a Trent Reznor and his recent forays into Hollywood and compare that to the works of John Williams. That’s what Metroid first accomplished.

And 30 years after its release, Tanaka has decided to speak out on his creation, in the most official word from Nintendo on the franchise’s birthday yet.

Very insightful! Thank you so much, Hip. Now, if only anyone else within the halls of Nintendo had more ways to reflect and celebrate. The only way it has responded to Metroid’s 30th anniversary is DMCA takedowns on the recent Metroid II fan-remake.

Wow, Nintendo really knows how to party hard.

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Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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