Video Game Music of the Week - 293
Metroid Prime (GameCube)
Tallon Overworld, Chozu Ruins, Phendrana Drifts, Data Selection/Credits
Metroid Prime released in 2002 for the Nintendo GameCube and was a distinct departure from the visual style of the previous games. It cleverly took the core gameplay of the original 2D titles, and brought it into a 3D world, seamlessly.
Tallon Overworld is a great comparison theme that shows the series' evolution from the original game. It takes the Brinstar Theme from the first Metroid, and creates a very atmoshpheric, yet familiar tune.
Chozo Ruins is the first major area in the game and its theme track has a thin layer of mystery surrounding its sound. Interestingly, the Drum Beat in the song does not play in game, until Samus has defeated the Plated Beetle and regained her Morph Ball.
The Phendrana Drifts is an ice-themed area in the game, and as such, its theme plays on this environmental setting. It's a very diverse, evolutionary song that features numerous stand out moments.
This track plays during both the initial Save Selection screen and final Credits segment. It's one of the games most notable themes for those two reasons, and really captivated players from before they even begun their adventure.
Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.