“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 destroyed… often.
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.
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