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The fact that a piece of music containing only three notes has remained with everyone for so long is really surprising to me. I think it’s because that even before the music was in place, the game world of Metroid was fascinating.

Hirokazu Tanaka[1]


Title (Metroid) is the theme on the Title Screen in Metroid, originally composed by Hirokazu Tanaka.


Title (Metroid) begins with a repeating six-note motif, a tense and mysterious high-pitched melody playing over low droning. It then transitions to a lighter section reminiscent of a lullaby, with high notes like the twinkling of stars. The song builds to a climactic series of arpeggios before resolving with the same low droning heard at the beginning. In the original game, it does not loop back to the beginning, instead repeatedly playing the low drone.

This song is one of several tracks that sound different between the NES and Famicom Disk System versions of Metroid, with the latter having higher-quality instrument samples. The FDS version of the theme appears in Nintendo Land, when selecting a mission from the Metroid Blast gate.

A synthesized arrangement by Tanaka is present on his Kid Icarus / Metroid Original Soundtrack Orchestra Version single, referred to as Title Music.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Title (Metroid) is partially remixed in Brinstar (Melee), a medley of songs from the original game. Here, the melody sounds very electronic, like the beeping of technology. Brinstar (Melee) is also featured in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

Smashing... Live!, a live orchestral performance of the Melee soundtrack, featured an arrangement of Brinstar Depths (Melee) and Brinstar (Melee) titled Depth of Brinstar. An orchestrated version of Title (Metroid) is heard during the Brinstar (Melee) segment, with low brass performing the droning and high woodwinds playing the melody.

Title (Metroid) is fully remixed in the original game's remake, Metroid: Zero Mission. This version moves the six-note motif to the end of the song, and then loops back to the beginning of the lighter section. An abridged version that only consists of the droning and six-note motif is heard in the Samus Data Screen and Options menu. Both versions are included in the Sound Test.

A remix of the full theme appears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U on the Pyrosphere. Composed by Kohta Takahashi from Bandai Namco, this version incorporates part of Samus Aran's Appearance Fanfare at the beginning and the ending theme from Metroid at the end. This version of the song is included on the blue CD of the Smashing Soundtrack that was a Club Nintendo bonus for registering the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games.

The original version can be heard here, the Orchestra Version here, the Metroid: Zero Mission version here, the Nintendo Land version here and the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U version here.


  • The opening six notes of Title (Metroid) would be remixed in almost every Metroid game afterward, becoming a main theme for the series itself.


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