Metroid in Motion

My copy of the Metroid in Moton fan-made DVD from Samus.co.uk arrived last night. I have to admit, that whilst I am a huge Metroid fan, I am not incredibly immersed in the fandom. I don’t write fanfic. I don’t draw fan art. I don’t run a Metroid web site. I don’t actively participate in Metroid fandom communities. I don’t feel the need to perfect my Metroid game techniques enough to even try to get all the endings. I just really like playing the games, I really like the Metroid story, and I really like Samus as a character.

I do appreciate that there are Metroid fans who are more hardcore than I am. They use their talents to create great things, such as remixed music, for other fans to enjoy. Or they compile scads of useful information for reference. Or they foster and sustain communities.

One of the results of such spirit and passion is Metroid in Motion, a DVD that collects world record speed runs, sequence breaks, television adverts, and other goodies from the series — from Metroid (1986) up to Metroid: Zero Mission (2004).

While I admit to not being a super hardcore, frothing at the mouth, rabid fan of Metroid, I am still a big enough fan to watch recordings of speeds runs from the Metroid games. Of course, unless you’ve played the games, what one sees in a speed run might not necessarily be all that impressive. One might not appreciate how awesome it is to, for example, watch someone collect 100% of all items in the game and complete it in under an hour. One might not view with interest, the triggering of glitches, bugs, or “secret worlds” in-game, or to see the apparent ease and rapidity with which someone else (whom one doesn’t even know) can dispatch the enemies.

It’s a nicely compiled DVD. Its coverage of the games is fairly comprehensive, though it doesn’t include anything from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. From a fan’s point-of-view, this DVD is great. It’s cool to see just how skilled some of these people are. I never did beat the original Metroid; too bloody hard for me. I love the games, but I never claimed to be good at them, so it’s nice that I can watch these recordings and see how it’s done. I’m quite happy with this DVD, and I salute all the super hardcore Metroid fans that made such an effort possible. Cheers to you lot; you rule.

  6 comments for “Metroid in Motion

  1. 27 June 2005 at 08:11

    I think the closest I’ve ever gotten to a speedrun DVD was considering a purchase of the Ikaruga Appreciate run. And that was just because Ikaruga is hardcore.

    But now you’ve got me thinking about Metroid. Hm…

  2. ollie
    5 March 2006 at 06:35

    there is also w available a metroid in motion 2 dvd which does include MP2:echoes i believe

  3. RC
    28 January 2007 at 19:14

    Its so nice to see that our MIM project has gained so much pace. I am so happy with how it turned out. I want to do a third one…but, we do need to focus on our MP2D project too.

    Hey, if you like MIM, then you might like it’s audio counterpart, Symphony of Samus

  4. 28 January 2007 at 19:35

    Hi, RC, thank you for stopping by. :) And thank you for your hard work on MIM!

    I absolutely loved the Symphony of Samus. It’s brilliant.

    The Metroid fan community is fantastic.

  5. Chris Buck
    15 September 2008 at 11:51

    Is there any source at all where the Metroid in Motion DVD’s can still be found?

  6. 15 September 2008 at 13:35

    Hi Chris: To my knowledge, there is no longer a source for the Metroid in Motion DVDs. At the time, Samus.co.uk was the only site providing them, and now it is no longer a Metroid fansite.

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