Posts Tagged ‘NES’

Dr. Wily Stage 1 (Mega Man 2)

Thursday, 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.