Dr. Wily Stage 1 (Mega Man 2)

July 10th, 2008

This one has actually been sitting around on my hard drive for quite some time, and I’ve just been sitting around waiting for the most fitting moment to release it. Lucky for me, then, that Capcom announced Mega Man 9, a true 8-bit sequel in the vein of the NES masterpieces for the Wii’s WiiWare download service. It’s time to finish this one off and release it.

As I’ve mentioned before, there are certain tracks that as a game music cover band, you almost have to do – as a rites of passage, per se. Fast, awesome tunes that are built for rock instruments and are great fun to cover. The Decisive Battle is an example of this, and there’s some others which we intend to record in the future, such as FFVII’s Those Who Fight Further. Suggested by Lloyd who is a huge Mega Man fan, it was when he could already play the tune in full on his guitar that I knew it was time we recorded it.

There’s not a whole lot of synth in this piece. There’s some very low string backing to give the rhythm guitar a bit of support, and that’s it. Past that, it’s just guitar, bass and drums, and a few of Lloyd’s solos scattered in the piece to give it a bit of our own Red Wings flavor, seeing as almost everybody covers this track at some point in their VG Music career. We’re pretty happy with this, and we had a lot of fun arranging it, even if one particular part took hours to nail. I have no doubt we’ll be revisiting Mega Man’s music soon, too…

Did You Know?
Rock covers and remixes of this track are so widespread that a quick file-count reveals 25 different versions (or medleys containing this track) on my hard drive alone. We’ve just made that 26.

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14 Responses to “Dr. Wily Stage 1 (Mega Man 2)”

  1. age Says:

    this is maybe my fifth or sixth version of this song… but it’s sooo badass!

  2. Sensai Says:

    Great, just what I needed…another source of great videogame music.

    While trying to find the composer to Mega Man X, I stumbled onto your site somehow. Listened to a little bit of You’re Not Alone! (my favorite Final Fantasy song ever, honestly) and was hooked. Downloaded everything you guys have passed out thus far.

    Looking forward to more. 😀

    (Also, as far as Mega Man 2…how could you NOT do the Title Theme? I mean, seriously? It’s one of the most epic pieces of music out there, bar none. I’ll forgive you guys, but only because you did You’re Not Alone! and Gerudo Valley without me asking, haha.)

  3. joe thorpe Says:

    Hey guy! Love your work. Was wondering if you where gonna release the guitar tabs for the songs…

    thanks!!

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  5. Alan Says:

    Hey, love the song but I’m having a problem with downloading it; whenever I try, it shows up as an unspecified file instead of an MP3. Is this something on my end or is there a problem I don’t know about?

  6. APZonerunner Says:

    Have you tried it in a different browser? It works ok our end.

  7. PJ Says:

    When I play it in my Media Player, it says “Dr. Wily Stage 2 (Megaman 1)”.

    Yeah, ya might wanna fix that.

  8. Mike Says:

    I’m trying to click the MP3 link, to download the Dr. Wily song, but the link does not work, and I will simply DIE if I cant download this song… PLEASE message me back with a working link, or something.. please?

  9. APZonerunner Says:

    Try Right Clicking and saving as on the download link!

  10. MetalSnake Says:

    REALLY GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OKKUSENMAN!!!!!!GOOOOO

  11. jesus Says:

    i was wondering if i can have the tabs for this song its badass!!!

  12. Srejv Says:

    Awesome track! 😀

  13. Cerrani Says:

    Jesus this is an awesome track! Keep it up =D

  14. Brown the dog Says:

    Not much to say here- since this piece is made of awesomesauce- other that both guitars at the 1st part were a little bit off.

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