Jam of the Day: Phendrana Drifts performed by Metroid Metal (Varia Suite)

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Metroid. Metroid has always been one of my favorite game series of all time. I still consider Super Metroid to be the greatest game ever made and Metroid Prime isn’t far behind. Other M certainly was a mixed bag, but hopefully the series will continue on strong.

It’s been a great 25 years. Here’s to 25 more!

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Jam of the Day: Torvus Bog by Metroid Metal (Originally from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes)

"Dude, where’s my music?!"

That was my first reaction to Metroid: Other M, which I picked up earlier today. Overall, I’ve been having a lot of fun with the game so far, but to say the soundtrack has been minimal would be generous. I can only hope the music picks up later, but my gut tells me Other M will be the most forgettable Metroid soundtrack to date.

So to balance this out, I bring you Metroid Metal’s rendition of Kenji Yamamoto’s Torvus Bog from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. Metroid Metal does some really great arrangements of the series’ music. I saw them live last year at PAX ‘09 and will see them again this weekend at PAX ‘10. You should definitely check them out.

Jam of the Day: Crashed Ship Frigate Orpheon by Kenji Yamamoto (Metroid Prime Soundtrack)

With the impending release of Metroid: Other M, I’ve had Metroid on the brain lately. For Metroid Prime, Kenji Yamamoto was able to utilize a wider variety of sounds, no longer being limited to the hardware of the Super Nintendo.

While I still prefer the soundtrack to Super Metroid, Prime’s soundtrack suited it well, giving a similar feeling of loneliness and wonder. The underwater themes are always the best, and “Crashed Ship Frigate Orpheon” is no exception. It’s no Maridia, but it’s a damn fine track regardless.