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Game music of the day: Mega Man X

Game: Mega Man X

Song: Spark Mandrill

Composer: Tomozawa, Yamamoto, Horiyama, Iwai, Takehara

       
Above: Spark Mandrill from Mega Man X

Just as the hype train for the NES Mega Man series was beginning to slow down, Capcom re-invented its ability-stealing mascot for the 16-bit era in the form of Mega Man X - a futuristic, "serious" take on the usually quite silly franchise. The characters, from X to newcomer Zero to the large cast of enemy Reploids, all sport their unchanging angry faces from beginning to end. And to further this somber, angsty mood, Mega Man X busted out a rippin' soundtrack that was just as catchy as the NES days, yet far more appropriate and fitting for the setting.

In fact, the soundtrack is so strong I can barely choose one track to highlight... but seeing as I must, I'll go with Spark Mandrill. This song rocks more in the first 15 seconds than 99% of all other game music on the planet. Listening to this while dashing through brightly lit corridors, blasting enemies into disintegrating pieces was one of the Super NES' finest moments. As was mentioned earlier, Mega Man was starting to taper off after part three. X came along and really surprised a lot of us, in no small part thanks to its kickin' soundtrack.


Above: Another top track, Storm Eagle, summarizes the entire Mega Man X experience. Timeless song


Above: The villain Sigma has a bass-happy piece of music that I'd love to hear played live


Above: Want to slow it down a bit? The Password screen shows the lighter side of MMX

After Mega Man 9 and 10 successfully re-birthed the NES series, I have to wonder if a 16-bit style Mega Man X9 could be on the way as well? It's an easy way to make some quick money, as nostalgia for MMX remains powerful to this day. Why, even just writing about it makes me want to dig out my SNES cables and give it another go...

 

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31 comments

  • killorabbit - February 24, 2011 3:33 a.m.

    <3 Storm Eagle
  • CancerMan - January 12, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    I'm already familiar with the Spark Mandrill theme but I fell in love with the password screen music. I've listend X4 and I must download it!
  • BornToLose3 - January 11, 2011 9:47 p.m.

    god, I lvoed this game when i was younger, really makes me wanna go back and play it now. good stuff, good stuff.
  • HowdyCowboyCheesesBurger0911 - January 11, 2011 8:24 p.m.

    michael grimm can be ofensive and hilarious when he wants to. He should be on talkradar more often
  • pastycaucasian - January 11, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    Such a good soundtrack and also are really fun game to play.
  • philipshaw - January 11, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    I didn't play this when it came out but I did play the PSP remakes and the music stood out for me,great choice
  • Kage_No_Shi - January 11, 2011 12:50 p.m.

    Megaman X was my fave game on the SNES. I meant to get X-2, but it never happened ~_~
  • CoktorBloktopus - January 11, 2011 9:25 a.m.

    recently got MegMan X on my emulator and I have played the living daylights out of had it for a month and I have beaten it like 4 times at least. Thank you for the 2 in the morning trip down memory lane it was wonderful.
  • gmknoble - January 11, 2011 4:01 a.m.

    I love this game, the music is the best. Brainsick Metal from OCR is an excellent mix of a few tracks from this excellent game!
  • Valcrist - January 11, 2011 3:09 a.m.

    Dammit Brett!!! How can you say you love megaman if it took you this long to mention this song!!! Definetly this one has the Best overall soundtrack of the series, all the songs are amazing, unlike some latter games where only a couple are good (Im looking at you X3, I like guns n roses, but that music and megaman dont mix) Would have been nice if you had included 1 song from the game boy color remake, just for us 8-bit old school lovers Really really love this series, too bad with their wrecked up continuity with the zero series, elf wars, megaman zx, megaman legends..... it would seem this story is doomed by all its plot holes. Still, if capcom managed to squeeze megaman 9 and 10 in 8 bit style, wonder if they would release an X9 in 16 bit style... think you could pass that suggestion to capcom? +*wink, wink, nudge, nudge*
  • FauxFurry - January 11, 2011 2:59 a.m.

    I've always been partial to Chill Penguin's Abandoned Missile Base stage music. There wasn't another piece of music in gaming quite like it,a uniqueness that still largely holds to this day. Ah, the mark of a truly great soundtrack is the possibility of nearly any track found within it being someone's favorite.
  • CanadianBeaverHunter - January 10, 2011 11:55 p.m.

    Love everything about Mega Man X. Great choice for GMOTD.
  • NdIGiTy - January 10, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    Ah, finally!
  • BlackElement17 - January 10, 2011 10:19 p.m.

    I'm happy that X is finally on GMotd.
  • AdonisX82 - January 10, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    oh, and gta4 OK I'M DONE
  • AdonisX82 - January 10, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    ok, LAST note, i swear. any movie producers / people that know movie producers out there. my dream is to make a movie of this gae (among others) and unlike other game movies, it won't suck. I want to make the Dark knight equivelants of Megaman, megaman x, final fantasy 2, zelda OoT, and Metroid. I also wanted to do resi, doom, gor of war and bioshock, but those are in progress / already out and shitty. Hook a brother up, you won't be disappointed lol
  • AdonisX82 - January 10, 2011 10:10 p.m.

    one last note... anyone remember POGS? well, there was a game store near my place that would make custom slammers, and that exact image from up top ( except, of course, round) was one i had made up. costt me 5$, but SOOOO worth it lol, still have it to this day
  • AdonisX82 - January 10, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    couple extra notes megaman 2 was the FIRST videogame i'd ever played. crshman was the first level i ever played (great song there too) other suggestions for soundtracks - contra 3 (level 3 is so awesome), contra hardcore, castlevania bloodlines, killer intinct / gold, sonic 2 / 3 (ballon park, one of my fav) / knuckles (i'm sure they've already done sonics), ninja turtles 3 for nes, and ninja turtles tournament fighter for genesis (which, besides top gear 2, is THE only game i preferred on genesis compared to SNES) ok, i'm done. i tend to write a lot lol
  • AdonisX82 - January 10, 2011 9:56 p.m.

    Megaman X is to this day my favorite game. I have so many fond memories of it, I won't even go into detail. Short versions are fine though :D - First time I played it, my friend brought it over for me to play on my birthday. I snuck upstairs, was in a dark room, and when I first saw the title, with the rockin guitar, with the golden lines swooping done in sync to the music, gathering, and with a "ka-ching" and aflash of light, forming into the X (which, for years I had planned getting a tattoo of, but for other reasons besides it's coolnessnessity, which I'll explain later) i was in AWE. - Megaman X is very much responsable for a major event in my life. There was a guy at school that was an acquintince from playing soccer at lunch. I was in the video store one day, and saw him checking out games to rent. I was like "hey man, you should rent Megaman X, it's awesome (90's talk, boo-yah)" He did, and he invited me over to play it with him. Long story short, we became friends, and some time later, his mom got together with my dad. It was'nt the ideal family, but it was better than what I'd had, hence wanting to get the tatty. - The entire soundtrack is great, but for me, it's Launch Octopus that is the best track. Great level too. Storm Eagle's great as well. Not to mention the stage select and Vile / Sigma convo music. - Showing my kids the awesomeness that is Megaman X... X2 has a great OST as well. I remember not caring for it when i first heard it, but it grew on me. Magna Centipede, wheel alligator, Bubble crab, Dust Moth, Flame Stag, first level, I still listen to all these songs on my computer to this day. I agree with Scoob. Capcom had TONS of great soundtracks back in the day. But more on megaman. 2's wily stage one (EPIC is the only word that can define it. True "hero fighting the important battle" music). 3's hard, magnet, shadow (AMAZING song), snake, spark (again, like wily's stage 1 from 2, just great hero song), and wily stage 3 (same thing). 4's diveman, drill, dust, pharao (amazing, i love it), ring (same thing, absolutely awesome song), wily stage 1. 5's charge man, star and stone. list goes on. Chip and dale had a great OST too... Anyways, I wrote far more than I'd meant to, but yeah, capcom is and probably always be (well, that's debateable now i guess :S ) my favorite developer. Their OST's rock, their games kick ass, their franchises are some of the best. that is all
  • infernox - January 10, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    the first megaman game i played since i didnt have a NES.

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