Video Game Music of the Week - 102

Mega Man X (SNES)


Intro Stage, Chill Penguin, Spark Mandrill, Ending

Setsuo Yamamoto
Makoto Tomozawa
Yuki Iwai
Yuko Takehara
Toshihiko Horiyama

The SNES saw countless true reinventions of popular NES games and series, such as Super Metroid and The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past. These games, including Mega Man X, took the most memorable and unique elements of beloved NES titles and transformed them into a unique experience for a new generation.

Intro Stage
The Intro Stage in
Mega Man X was a new aspect of the series that helped show players that the game was not going to necessarily follow the general conventions found in the original Mega Man NES games. The track is a great opener to one of the SNES’s greatest action games.

Chill Penguin
Mega Man X featured a selection of 8 stages and bosses to begin with, just like the original NES games. Chill Penguin’s stage was often considered as the perfect choice for new players as it provided the easiest starting point. The theme to the stage is has a very jazzy bass melody, with the familiar rock feel found in previous Mega Man titles.

Spark Mandrill
Spark Madrill’s theme has a very guitar rock driven melody that has a very similar style to some of the popular NES Mega Man tracks. The track is fast, with a heavy bass and percussion sound.

All previous Mega Man games featured an ending theme and sequence that always felt like a reward for finishing the game. These ending sequences appear again in Mega Man X with an ending that is left with an opening for a sequel, which of course released a year later.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.
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