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If you don't provide any happy music until the very end, it makes the player keep wondering, "When am I going to be relieved?" Then, finally, when the staff credits start with the positive, hopeful music, the player can relax. This was the design approach for NES Metroid music in 1986. In Metroid Prime 1 and 2, I did not use this approach for the staff credits music. But because MP3: Corruption is the last title in the series, I wanted to implement this approach for this title. If you're interested, please complete the game and listen to the music for the ending credits.

Kenji Yamamoto[1]

Metroid Prime 3 Packaging

MP3 Title Music is the theme that plays on the title and menu screen of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption as well as the credits.

MP3 Title Music is a somber song consisting nearly entirely of a choir, highlighting the dramatic weight of the trilogy's finale. The theme is significantly extended in the credits, now opening with a dramatic version of the main theme, containing a narration discussing the victory against Phaaze, and then seguing a lighter, more celebratory piece of music. Kenji Yamamoto's use of levity after a heavy and dramatic score was directly inspired by Hirokazu Tanaka's Ending (Metroid).[1]

On September 23, 2010, WDR Radio Orchestra performed the Symphonic Legends concert in Cologne Philharmonic Hall in Germany. As an encore, they performed a medley of Nintendo ending themes, including MP3 Title Music. This arrangement was based upon the extended credits version and was sung by the State Choir of Latvia. For a unique twist on the theme, it was combined with a flute and violin performance of the credits theme from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

MP3 Title Music is included as a track on the Samus Archives Sound Selection CD included with the Special and Legacy Editions of Metroid: Samus Returns, titled Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. This CD includes the extended intro of the credits version, but does not include the lengthy celebratory section.

The title/menu version can be heard here: [1] The extended credits version can be heard here: [2] The Symphonic Legends version can be heard here: [3]

TriviaEdit

  • Corruption is the only game in the original trilogy where the menu/credits theme is the same as the title theme, although Hunters from Metroid Prime Hunters plays during both that game's opening and credits.
  • The credits version of MP3 Title Music has never been released without narration, although a fan-made edit attempts to remove it.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Jayson Napolitano (24 August 2010). A Blast From The Past: Metroid Prime 3 With Kenji Yamamoto and Retro Studios. Original Sound Version. Retrieved on 26 August 2018.