Game music of the day: Metroid II

Game: Metroid II: Return of Samus

Song: Ending theme

Composer: Ryoji Yoshitomi

Above: Ending from Metroid II

There's a near-100% chance you've never played Metroid II: Return of Samus. It's excessively old, has no map to guide you through the labyrinthine planet and sports some lovely black-and-white graphics that look four thousand years old. Why should you even bother at this point, right? Because it actually has the coolest premise of any Metroid game, plus a couple of kickass songs to top it all off.

The ending theme (above) plays as the credits roll. It's standard 8-bit ending fare, which means it's an uplifting, congratulatory song that should soothe the soul of even the most jaded gamer. Those old 8-bit endings really knew how to send you off in style.

And there's a re-imagined version from OverClocked ReMix - it retains all the simple charm of the aging original while adding a new-millenium layer of trancey sound effects. Embrace your weekend with this playing in the background and nothing can go wrong.

So the songs are strong - what about that cool-ass premise teased in the opening? Metroid II send Samus to the Metroid home planet on an extermination mission, meaning the titular parasites are all over the place instead of late-in-the-game enemies. You also run into their various mutations and the queen Metroid herself, then end it all by sparing the last Metroid larva in existence. This tiny moment on a forgotten handheld game actually sets the stage for Super Metroid and Other M, so it's continually surprising that Nintendo hasn't re-released this is some other form. Colorful DS remake, please?


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  • HumorTumor - August 29, 2010 8:33 p.m.

    I actually have this game. I remember seeing it in the stores and thinking "that cyborg person looks cool mom." I got it for my birthday and loved it. I don't really recall the ending theme, but I remember just listening to the opening theme, which was hauting to me. And the music for the first few screens, which got me pumped up to go on a mission. Nice pick Brett.
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 29, 2010 11:23 a.m.

    @510BrotherPanda: Can't unsee! That remix was the ending for podcast 77. Those were good times...
  • WaldoOfWhere - August 29, 2010 4:15 a.m.

    When will i see the Marathon theme song here cause it is f***ing kick ass.
  • philipshaw - August 28, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    After camping for my friends birthday last night and getting no sleep, this music woke me up and made me feel good
  • Metroidhunter32 - August 28, 2010 11:44 a.m.

    You're killing me by not taking Prime's soundtrack. IF I could I'd have it on my ipod, the magmoor caverns theme is particulaly good.
  • Imgema - August 28, 2010 10:57 a.m.

    A very underrated game, many people think this is the worst Metroid. For me its actually the 3rd best
  • EsotericFerret - August 28, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    I absolutely loved Metroid 2 back in the day. I remember playing it with a pad of graph paper to make my own map.
  • jakab11 - August 28, 2010 3:55 a.m.

    This was actually the first game i had for my GameBoy(color) and it was AWESOME, honestly, i became a (semi-hardcore) metroid fan at the age of about 7. Anyway, great game great music, real shame more people didn't get to play it. Anyway, thanks GR for featuring this rather than the same metroid theme everyone already knows, spot on with this one!
  • mahabat - August 28, 2010 3:10 a.m.

    yeah go find this on ebay or download it and pretend its other m haha apparently its a little dissapointing. but this game seems a little overrated to me, sure its cool to exterminate the metroids but when 90 % of the rooms are copy and pasted multiple times and you never have any idea if you have been there already or not. but still kinda fun haha
  • BlackElement17 - August 28, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    I would suggest the theme to the intro stage of Megaman X for a game music of the day
  • Tenfey - August 28, 2010 12:58 a.m.

    I never really enjoyed this Metroid. All the tunnels and rooms just blend together. The music hain't bad though.
  • ThisIsMyBoomThingy - August 28, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    It's 740 pm on Friday and I swear to Chist if TalkRadar 116 doesn't post soon I'm going to kill this sack of puppies. Also I loved this Metroid game. I got it the week it came out along with my first Game Boy and I still have it.
  • Celtickender - August 28, 2010 12:39 a.m.

    Brilliant! This is the first Metroid game I ever played since the only system I had as a kid was a GameBoy (pst. TalkRadar 29). I think could probably still remember ever nook and cranny of the game. Wonderful choice Brett
  • Redeater - August 28, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    Christ did my eyes ever get sore finishing this game as a kid.
  • Kisokuiki - August 28, 2010 12:17 a.m.

    This is the only Metroid game I don't own. I wish I could find a reasonably priced copy. Maybe I'm just not looking hard enough.
  • santaclouse37 - August 28, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    Awesome track. Also of note, sparing the last metroid also proves to be pivotal to the plot of Metroid Fusion as well.
  • SillyPigeon - August 28, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    I heard the remix of the ending song on talkradar and loved it. Downloaded it from ocremix. Perfect pick me up on the way home from uni
  • slimjim441 - August 27, 2010 11:44 p.m.

    I played Metroid II. And beat it. It was fantastamazing. The lack of map did make it really hard though. Also, there is a fan-made remake being made. It has the same style as Zero Mission and Fusion. Some guy 'DoctorM64' is making it. I just hope Nintendo doesn't hit him with a 'cease and desist' letter when he's almost done.
  • garnsr - August 27, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    Metroid 2 seemed even more confusing than the first one. I remember spending a lot of time wandering around, not being able to figure out where the hell I had to go. Bad game to stop playing and try to go back to. I know I finished it, though, in that lovely gray-green and black.
  • 510BrotherPanda - August 27, 2010 11:23 p.m.

    Every time I see the OC Remix headphone logo, I think it's A Metroid. Look at it from further away.

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