The early Mega Man games were fun and slightly goofy adventures built around themed stages and strategic boss fights. Mega Man X, however, reinvented the formula for the 16-bit generation with bigger levels, better graphics, and a more serious storyline and cast. Though more “mature” reimaginings of beloved family-friendly classics more often than not end in disaster, Mega Man X was an example of this trope done right. The game struck a chord with the fanbase, and remains a fan-favorite despite its contrasting nature with its NES-based brothers.
Mega Man X still has the insanely catchy and energetic music of the earlier games, but here, the fast-paced beats and reverberating bass line feel far more appropriate. Right from the get-go, players are treated to the track “Awake Road”, which features a nice futuristic beat to establish the setting. “Stage Start” should be familiar to any classic Mega Man fan, as those who listen closely will discover that is is actually a remix of the boss introduction theme from earlier games. Another notable track is “Spark Mandrill“, which perfectly suits the high-speed action found in the stage’s brightly lit corridors with it adrenaline-pumping baseline and classic chiptune percussion.
Mega Man X showed us that it was perfectly okay to be serious once in a while. It still has that timeless Mega Man charm, and the soundtrack, as always, delivers spectacularly.
Chrono Trigger is a time traveler role-playing video game from the Japanese game developer Square (currently Square Enix). The game was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1995. The game is known to have one of the best video game soundtracks ever made. The overall music of the game is largely composed by Yasunori Mitsuda. However, he was also assisted by the famous Final Fantasy music composer Nobuo Uematsu for some tracks.
The music from this game inspired me to make a blend of orchestral, chiptune and “rock band” instruments. I hope to make the tracks stand even more out in a “1995 meets 2014” style of music production.
The album is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify and many other digital music stores and streaming services. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
The music from the Street Fighter characters has accompanied them for about 25 years now. Every (retro)gamer knows which tune will start if you fight Ryu in Japan or get flying kicks from Chun-Li in China.
One of the best YouTube virals still is the “Guile’s theme goes with everything” collection. So true! You should watch me eat my cereals in the morning with a grumpy sleepy face. Guile’s theme makes even this look like the start of another epic journey.
But to be honest, I still prefer the theme during a Guile vs Guile fight 🙂
Hearing the Street Fighter 2 theme and the player select music still make me feel as excited as they did in the early nineties.
I tried to make every song stand out in it’s own way. A rocking version of the opening tune, an EDM version of Guile’s theme, a jamming band version of Balrog’s theme and a kind-of deadmau5 style progressive house version of E. Honda’s theme. I hope it makes the album sound as diverse as the game characters are.
Please enjoy the Street Fighter 2 OST tribute, and I’m always happy to receive your feedback.
The original Donkey Kong Country video game was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1994. It was accompanied by one of the greatest video game soundtracks of all time.
The timelessness of the original Donkey Kong Country music is proved by the fact that most compositions from the original 1994 game have reappeared in the 2010 Donkey Kong Country Returns soundtrack for the Wii.
The Greatest Bits now shines a new light on the DKC compositions. They have been restyled into SNES remixes and Wii remixes that are retro and modern at the same time.
A lot of the lead melodies of the game have been ‘vintagized’; they have been performed with 8-bit style soundchips. On the other hand the songs have been remixed in styles of current dance beats and hip-hop grooves.
Retromodern versions blending the sounds of 1994 and 2014.
The musical styles vary from the funky beat treatment on the title theme to the dancefloor version of Fear Factory. From the chiptune ballad Aquatic Ambiance to the pounding drum ‘n bass beats on Mine Cart Madness. And from the eastern groove mix of the Cave Dweller Concert to the dark atmospheres of Northern Hemispheres.
All in the honour of a gorilla called Donkey.
“After a few seconds of the intro, it suddenly bursts into life as a full stereophonic onslaught of modern sounds, while retaining that retro feel. A score of 97%.” (www.theretrogamesnews.com)