The Metroid: Attack of Ridley short film was created by some dedicated fans. It lives at the devinsupertramp YouTube channel. The short fan film pays homage to both Super Metroid and the Metroid Prime series. It clocks in at about eight minutes long, so don’t expect a huge, enthralling story, though.
The short adventure begins with Nintendo’s famous galactic bounty hunter, Samus Aran, flying her gunship. Played by Ainsley Bircher, she records a log while preparing to land on SR422. In this frozen world, she seeks the Chozo Temple in order to repair her suit. However, it’s not long before the series’ namesake enemy, the metroid, appears. As indicated by the title, Samus’ arch-nemesis also pays her an unwelcome visit.
The Metroid: Attack of Ridley short film features some impressive visual effects. For example, Samus’ gunship flying in to make a landing. Green energy coalescing as Samus charges up her arm cannon is another good example. A lot of effort was put into the film, which is also evidenced by the detailed Plasma Beam pickup Samus finds.
Of course, nothing is perfect. So naturally, some fans are picking it apart. For example, the comments section points out that metroids are weak to cold. Thus it doesn’t really make sense for them to appear in this environment. However, it is clear that the team put a lot of effort into this project. It’s also a nice morsel of Metroid for hungry fans hoping to see Metroid Prime 4 show up at E3 in a few short days.
Behind the Scenes
For those interested, they have also uploaded a behind-the-scenes video on the TEAMSUPERTRAMP channel. This video looks at how the Metroid: Attack of Ridley short film was made.
This glimpse behind the scenes shows how a number of shots were made. We see some of the challenges of filming and a mistake or two along the way. However, it also shows us some of the practical effects used. These range from Samus’ morph ball to Ridley’s toasty fire breath. Furthermore, they have also uploaded a second behind-the-scenes video already. It is entitled “We Created A Ridley Space Dragon!”
This is not the first Nintendo-themed short film these guys have made, either. They have also created ones for other franchises, including The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., and more.
(Videos by devinsupertramp and TEAMSUPERTRAMP.)