Actually, haha, since my last post here, I've killed the maridian boss, gotten the beam combo, wandered about down in what i think is ridley's lair (with the gold space pirates that do like 50 damage a hit and take 15 missiles to kill (good lord!), but i can't find any other direction to go down there, in the vertical spot at the beginning, -three- doors are solid/closed and I've gone through and speed-jumped my way back to normal norfair three times now, and wandered about x-raying everything i can remember.
I'm totally lost now, as well, and only slightly ahead of you, Metroidfan212.
So, yea, the rumble opened the beam combo, and i can't figure if it got anything else open. I guess I'll crawl around the norfair spot and hope i notice something i didn't before.
UpdateEdit: OH MY GOD RIDLEY IS EATING ME LIKE A CORNCHIP. 7 energy tanks and 2 reserve tanks are only acting like a stick of butter to his lava covered knife! not to mention all the missiles i flung at him didn't even make him turn noticably red! D: This is madness! (in before "this is sparta") but good lord he's tough.
Another Update Edit: RIDLEY IS DOWN! Plasma beam aquired! Now i have no idea where i need to go... 4 more chozo guardian statues ... i have absolutely no idea where to find them. This might take awhile. :|