Top 30 NES Soundtracks #02: Mega Man 2
By Bucky Monday, 29 Jun 2009

#2 – Mega Man 2 (125 Votes)

Developer, Publisher: Capcom
Year: 1988 (JP), 1989 (US), 1990 (EU)
AKA: RockMan 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo

Yesterday, Mega Man #3 was revealed as the #3 entry in our top 30 list. What I failed to mention was that it actually tied Mega Man 2 with 125 votes, and it was only by an arbitrary decision that they were to be divided in a tie-breaking round along with the rest of the ties. Take into consideration that the #4 spot only claimed 74 votes- It’d be one thing if all the top entries were neck and neck, but with Mega Man 2 and 3 tying with such a wide gap around their position, I think the voters’ overall opinion is clear. They’re both equally awesome.

Mega Man 2 offers some of the catchiest, most lovable tunes out of any NES game. It opens up with an introduction that recycles the first half of the Mega Man 1 ending, likely pleasing players who made it through the original, but then kicks into a new title theme that is much more anthemic and energetic.

The strong, galloping rhythm heard in the title screen music is an important characteristic of the Mega Man 2 soundtrack, appearing in a couple other tracks that are often considered favorites as well. Take the Wood Man and Dr. Wily Stage 1 themes for example. While I’m not sure that the composers have ever come forth and divulged their thoughts and influences on writing Mega Man 2, many fans will cite Iron Maiden as having had to be influential.

Some of my other favorite stage themes include Bubble Man, Metal Man, Quick Man, and Air Man. This review would be incomplete, however, without mention of the ending prologue music (skip to 0:41). The realization that Mega Man is saddened by fighting and wishes to stop is a bittersweet closing to the game, accompanied by the most sombre composition in Mega Man’s history.

Mega Man 2 is simply one of the most cherished and iconic titles of the 8-bit generation. It rests easily in most top lists as having some of the best video game music of all time.

The music is composed by Manami Matsumae, Ogeretsu Kun and Yoshihiro Sakaguchi (aka Yuukichan’s Papa).

Listen to a selection of tracks on youtube here.

2 Responses to “Top 30 NES Soundtracks #02: Mega Man 2”

  1. Zach Patterson Says:

    I admit I was one of the people that voted MM2 over 3, but honestly it could have gone either way depending on my mood that day. I picked 2 at the time simply because it was another one of those soundtracks that initially got me interested in vg music, but I can pick songs from 3 I love just as much.

  2. shawnphase Says:

    i believe that at the end of the day, 2 barely nudges out 3. but i can also admit that its because i enjoyed 2 more than 3 all around. i think that some of the songs in 3 that i dig can account for a little more in the grand scheme of things, but i feel like 2 is just a lil more solid overall.

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