Super Metroid on SNES is a masterpiece of a video game. Thus, Super Metroid deserves masterpiece art — and acclaimed artist Dave Rapoza has delivered it. With spectacular attention to detail and a thoughtful composition, Rapoza has created an ensemble piece including Samus and bosses Ridley, Crocomire, Kraid, Phantoon, and Draygon. It’s gorgeous, realistic art in the first place, but it also retains at least a bit of the dark, cavernous flavor from the original Super Metroid art in Japan. The design of Samus herself, meanwhile, draws from various different looks that her armor has had over the years.
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The longer I stare at it, the more there is to admire in the composition. I love how Crocomire’s hand leads you directly up into Kraid’s spines and how, despite so many characters with bizarre body shapes being depicted, none of it feels cluttered. Not just any artist can create art this good.
From Marvel comic book covers to Magic: The Gathering cards to, uh, unofficial Garfield hentai, (Don’t google it.) Dave Rapoza has done it all. In the gaming sphere, we have previously covered Rapoza’s extraordinary art depicting the entire cast of Final Fantasy VI, and this Super Metroid art is a nice companion to that. With amazing content like this, the legacy of SNES becomes greater all the time.