Mega Man 2 – “Title Screen” (rem. Project X)December 17, 2009
Ok, so today was Mega Man’s 22nd birthday, marking the launch of the original Mega Man game in Japan. Capcom-Unity just did a live blog talking with Keiji Inafune, the series’ creator, which is why I’m up so late! Mega Man’s got over 100 games under his belt, making this an incredibly prolific (and some might say repetitive?) series. Nearly all the games use the same formula of ‘beat the robot master, get his power-up, and use that to defeat the other robot master who’s weak against it’ in a rock-paper-scissors design. Now, if there’s one thing that has also been consistent, it’s the awesome music. I already did “Dr. Wiley Stage 1” from 20th Anniversary Rockman 1-6 Rock Arrange, so this time we’re going to do the “Opening” and “Title” themes as remixed by Project X – Mega Man 2.
I really love the opening of this piece. It’s got a nice, calm, music-box style that resembles the 8-bit sound chip a little. The opening screen featured this incredibly tall skyscraper that the camera would pan up. At the top was Mega Man, looking over the city that he was about to save. The wind SFX and guitar give a nice sense of tranquility before the storm until we have this fantastic build up of sound that culminates in the opening notes of what I like to call Mega Man’s Theme.
The “Title Theme” is one of the best tracks in the game, and has a strong melody that is instantly hummable. It sounds fantastic played back on guitar, and had the added bonus of coming to an ending (most title themes simply continue to loop). The original songs together total only about 88 seconds, so the Project X version has been slightly extended. The entire album is free for download and is a fantastic complete work, so be sure to check it out!
The original game was composed by Ogeretsu Kun, Manami Matsumae,Yoshihiro Sakaguchi (Yuukichan’s Papa). Inafune is a cool guy and a great cartoonist. Project X consists of two guys: Mike “Rok” Gintz and Nick “Rawk” Burgess. They also remixed the Mega Man 3 soundtrack, but that album isn’t as good (or complete). Then again, it was also made a year before the Mega Man 2 album, so they improved a lot. Anyway, check out the ridiculous ‘album art’. Nice aesthetic!