Video Game Music of the Week - 44

Mega Man (NES)


Cutman, Bombman, Dr. Wily Stage 1, Ending.

Manami Matsumae

Mega Man for the NES was received extremely well when it was initially released and even to this day remains one of the most unforgettable NES games. It was extremely ahead of its time in terms of video game music and really introduced some of the most influential video game music ever.

Cutman’s Stage
Cutman’s theme is one of the original tracks in the Mega Man series and it has since become one of the original games more iconic themes. Cutman’s stage in Mega Man acts as a great starting point to the game for players.

Bombman’s Stage
Bombman’s theme has a slower feel to it than some of the others on the soundtrack. It’s a really easy to listen to tune that has a great melody, which is something that’s present in so many tracks in Mega Man’s musical history.

Dr. Wily Stage 1
There are many tracks in the original Mega Man series that accompany those final stages in Dr. Wily’s castle. Dr. Wily Stage 1 from Mega Man is the first instance of this, and it’s a tradition that remains even to this day, with the latest release of Mega Man 10. These tracks usually have a very emotive or powerful overall feel to it, as they should because of the gravity and difficulty of the final moments in each game. Dr. Wily Stage 1 had a really strange and sombre melody to it, that had this deep emotional feel connected with it that even young people were able to capture.

The ending theme to Mega Man is just perfect in many ways. It not only closes out the game in a very deserving way, but it also introduces players to the next game in the series, even though the game had not been developed yet. A variation of this theme is the opening theme to Mega Man 2 and you can check out a previous VGM of the Week that featured that game HERE.

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