Game music of the day: Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

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April 12, 2010

Game: Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

Song: Versus Mode

Composers: Nagao, Tsukamoto and Hikichi

Above: "Versus Mode" from Mean Bean Machine

You know how Sonic's so popular Sega can punt anything out the door with his name on it and it'll sell? That was the case in 1993 as well, when a popular Japanese puzzler (Puyo Puyo) was appropriated and transformed into a Sonic-soaked cash-in. Luckily, the twisty-turny puzzle gameplay was left alone and we actually ended up with a fantastic game that's unfortunately dated with its Sonic-cartoon license.

Above: Somehow a Sonic cartoon license made a puzzle game MORE boring

This specific song, played during the two-player versus matches, is pretty kickin'. However, it's also lifted straight from the Japanese original, only now it sounds even more like a Sega Genesis game (longtime players know the "Sega" sound). The whole soundtrack is surprisingly strong, and much better than Nintendo's lame-o Puyo clone, Kirby's Avalanche.

Holy SHIT this is a bouncy remix. It comes from OCR submitter Jivemaster, and takes the already up-tempo Mean Bean Machine music and injects it with an infectious disco-beat. Hard to tolerate if you hate silly-ass dance music, but I can't listen to it enough.


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  • RFswitchBlade - June 7, 2010 8:27 p.m.

    spam.......... on the GR, just pathetic.
  • philipshaw - April 13, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    I love this soundtrack Brett but it has bad memroires of trying to get a gold trpohy in Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine on the Sega Genesis collection on PS3
  • GearsofRabies - April 13, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    You should've done the options menu music
  • lymanzaar - April 13, 2010 12:16 a.m.

    probably the worst game on the Gamecube Sonic Collection, and it wasn't half bad!
  • Modroneman - April 12, 2010 9:36 p.m.

    Never was a huge fan of the Sonic Series, being a Nintendo boy for most my life. But this song was candy for the ears. Some of the notes went by blazingly fast which says one thing, "You can't f&@! with 8-bit music!"
  • JeffGoldblum1 - April 12, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    I love this game and its music. This one of my favorite features on the site. Keep up the Good work Brett.
  • ventanger - April 12, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    I beat the game on the Genesis Collection and man was it a BITCH! One of those old school games where all the satisfaction comes from besting an impossibly difficult game.
  • Strangleme - April 12, 2010 8:54 p.m.

    Holy Shit!! Brett that's fuckin' awesome!!! The OCRemix one is alright but that "versus mode"...that is one sick song. I love it.
  • Jacob816 - April 12, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    I think alot of people have a grudge against the game because of the difficulty of its achievement in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection. Still, good music.
  • richtaur - April 12, 2010 8:38 p.m.

    Brett do Lords of Thunder! SLASH flying in on fire! Throws the guitar cord and it detonates when it plugs into the amp!! BOOOOOOM /injoke
  • MidSnacker - April 12, 2010 8:23 p.m.

    Not my favorite game ever but I've played it before. Especially on my 360.

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