What Makes it Memorable? – Mega Man 3 – “Title” (Yasuaki Fujita)November 22, 2010
For the final entry into “What Makes a Song Memorable”, I’m going to take a look at one of the most beloved themes from one of the most popular game series: the “Title” theme from Mega Man 3. Composed by Yasuaki Fujita (aka Bun Bun), the Mega Man 3 soundtrack was one of the crowning scores of the series. Mr. Fujita later left to work at SNK on Pulstar, but has since returned to work on Mega Man 9 and 10.
Mr. Fujita pulled out all the stops with this piece. “Title” combines a memorable, jazzy intro with a high-energy main theme, smoothly mixing both the series’ jazz roots as well as modern pop music. It uses a simple melody, but one that has plenty of call and response – each bar expands on a theme presented in the previous one.
Also note the piece doesn’t just use a single chord, but varies the two square waves to play slightly different notes (see 0:12, for instance, as well as the nice jazzy line at 0:42). The layering here is excellent as well, particularly when accompanied by punctuation from the drums, with a pounding club beat. It’s right up there with the Mega Man 2 theme.
Out of all the arranges for the theme, my favorite is by Project X, who also did a complete arrangement of the Mega Man 2 soundtrack. Sadly, Mega Man 3 wasn’t completed, nor was it arranged with as high a quality as the second game. However, the introduction is superb, using an acoustic guitar before jumping straight into rock. Though the drum kit is outdated by today’s standards, it is still high quality.
You’ll also want to check out the live jazz mix by Hungarian Pianist Zoltan Vegvari and the absolutely outstanding, high-energy, Linkin Park-esque “The Passing of the Blue Crown” by Sixto Sounds, Steppo, and Zircon. Finally, there is this hilarious lyrical version by Brentalfloss. It requires some badass artwork to go with it: