VGM Wednesdays – “Elec Man” from Mega Man

“Elec Man” from Mega Man, composed by Manami Matsumae and released in 1987

When I hear this tune, I still hear the theme song to “M.A.S.K.” from the 80s.  Classic show.

This takes me back to a better time, when games were so unbelievably hard for three reasons: 1) Level of difficulty was just different at the time, maybe because of the amount of memory on a cartridge being so small that the developers didn’t want the player to beat it too quickly, 2) the culture of difficulty was consistent – everything was hard (and beating a game really boosted your self-esteem and feelings of accomplishment) and 3) I was 9 years old.

Being born in 1983, the math doesn’t really work out on that last point.  My two cousins had Mega Man 2 and when we all got together at Christmas one year, we played it for hours.  Maybe I soaked in all of the knowledge and know-how from my older cousins and brother, but I could actually play this game and do reasonably well.

Then I got the first Mega Man and I got destroyedoften.

Those falling platforms in Guts Man’s level? Ahhhhhh!! I must have spent months on those.

I could beat Cut Man… that was a huge accomplishment.

That game whooped my butt.  Even playing it as an adult on the 20th Anniversary Edition for PS2 was not easy task.  Granted, I was better, but it didn’t make the game less hard.

Anyway, post your thoughts in the comments if you have solid memories with this game.

Also, retweet if you dig!

Thanks for reading,
Kenley

2 thoughts on “VGM Wednesdays – “Elec Man” from Mega Man

  1. Kenley,

    Ice Man’s level is still one of the most frustrating levels for me, my goodness. I hope Capcom continues to make games in the style of Mega Man 9 and 10, harkening back to the original Mega Man’s impossibility. Whew. Always good times, though, for sure.

    – Greg

    PS: The M.A.S.K. song is close, but not as close as this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVs4jDL-JBo

  2. Another great selecetions, Kenley. My first exposure to this particular theme was on the Gameboy series of Mega Man games. I still remember that catchy theme, working my way through the traps, and the dangerous sections where getting hit could cause a fall to death. A very good choice.

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