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Vs. Meta Ridley (vs. メタリドリー?) is a theme heard when fighting the boss of the same name in Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.

DescriptionEdit

Vs. Meta Ridley is a remix of Vs. Ridley, the signature battle theme of Ridley that originated in Super Metroid. Owing to Ridley's cybernetic state in Metroid Prime, the song is done in techno-style beats. The most notable difference between Vs. Meta Ridley and Vs. Ridley is the addition of an extended melody in the intro; this is typically the distinguishing factor that determines whether a particular Ridley battle theme can be considered a remix of Vs. Meta Ridley.

Bars of the song can also be heard in the cutscene playing after Samus makes it out of the doomed Frigate Orpheon as she witnesses and pursues Meta Ridley to Tallon IV.

An abridged arrangement is also heard in Metroid Prime Pinball, appropriately played during the Meta Ridley battle. While it has very similar instruments and arrangement to the original Prime version, it notably lacks the extra melodic section heard in all other remixes of this theme.

Despite his absence from the game, the Survivor mode of Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt contains an arrangement of the Vs. Meta Ridley theme.

The original theme from Prime and Corruption is used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Frigate Orpheon stage and in an Event Match on the Norfair stage. It is also heard when escaping from the Isle of Ancients during The Subspace Bomb Factory (Part II) in Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, although, ironically enough, not during the actual boss fight against Meta Ridley (which instead used the Vs. Ridley theme). It returns in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U on the Pyrosphere stage.

In Nintendo Land, the minigame Metroid Blast has an orchestrated remix of the Vs. Meta Ridley theme. It plays on stages where Miis must fight against Ridley and/or Ice Ridley as a boss.

A remix of Vs. Meta Ridley was featured in the Metroid: Samus Returns Overview Trailer, hinting that he would have a role in Metroid: Samus Returns. In the game itself, it is heard during the final battle with Proteus Ridley, with there being three phases to the song: the first phase (titled Boss Battle 8 in the Sound Test, Boss Ridley in the internal files) being the standard theme; the second phase (internally titled Boss Ridley Second) having a edgier tone; and the third phase (internally titled Boss Ridley Third) having a more dramatic tone, with a slower tempo similar to that of the Neo-Ridley theme from Metroid Fusion. The second and third phases each begin with a tense opening.

The theme from Prime, Corruption, Brawl and Wii U can be heard here: [1], the theme from Pinball here: [2], the theme from First Hunt here: [3], the theme from Nintendo Land here: [4], the first theme from Samus Returns here: [5], the second theme from Samus Returns here: [6], and the third theme from Samus Returns here: [7]

Meta RidleyEdit

New Play Control! Metroid Prime boxart

A version of this theme given in Metroid Prime Trilogy, simply called Meta Ridley, was first featured in New Play Control! Metroid Prime and a UK trailer for Metroid Prime Trilogy. This Soundtrack Gallery variant is slightly different from the score played in-game, sounding more metallic.

TriviaEdit

  • The theme was originally included as a multiplayer theme in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, although it was later removed but for a single mention in the demo's data.[1] A slower, darker version of the theme still exists in the internal files and may correspond to this reference. It can be heard here: [8].

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