A Pair of Upcoming Soundtracks to Feature Mega Man

megamanguitarWe've yet to hear of any new Mega Man soundtracks coming down the pipeline for 2013 (though I imagine they're on the way). However, a couple other albums are getting a head start by featuring Mega Man in their track list. The first is the 10th anniversary soundtrack for the Japanese TV show Game Center CX. The album features both tunes from the show as well as a handful of well known video game tunes. So you've probably guessed by now that the Mega Man contribution is the Dr. Wily stage theme from Mega Man 2. As far as I'm aware this is the original NES version, not an arrangement. The album releases in Japan on July 24th for ¥2,940.

The next is an orchestral arrangement soundtrack called Kiku Game, the first game album produced by Universal Music. I've yet to find info on what music in particular, but this two disc album is said to contain music from Mega Man 3. This album, too, releases July 24th for ¥3,150.

News Credit: CAP Kobun's Daletto Blog

Game Center CX Interview with Inafune Translated

Back before Keiji Inafune worked on games where giant spaceships wore his face, and magician's pulled their spines out of their mouths, he was a high up guy at a certain company called Capcom. One of the games he was known for was this game Mega Man. Maybe you've heard of it.

The above video is from one of the original episodes of Game Center CX back in 2003, when Arino focused more on game companies than game challenges. Inafune pops up pretty much from the start, and they get to talking about Mega Man right away. Topics are covered like how Inafune got started and moved up, inspirations behind Mega Man, and of course his love for Zero. The episode is split into four parts, and you can see the rest on Shady0311's channel, where Inafune goes into talking about what games are to him.

One of the most interesting things to me was, for the time, how much Inafune saw Mega Man as strictly a children's game, seemingly. Too bad this translation was a bit late; the staff of this site never got the memo.

Thanks for the tip, Magnet_Man!

Game Center CX Vs. Rockman: The End of Arino!?

arinomanAs I've mentioned before, Game Center CX is one of my favorite television shows about games. Starring Shin'ya Arino, a Japanese comedic personality, who does various game related segments such as talking to game developers and visiting game centers. But the most popular segment, which became the focus of the show, is Arino's Challenge, which involves Arino clearing a set goal in an old game, usually clearing the game and seeing its ending. While the show appears meagerly produced, its main draw, which I believe sets it apart from so much other gaming related programming today, is that it prominently features the responses of Arino, the player. He shows the sudden and impassioned joy and despair one feels while playing a game, especially a fun game. Arino constantly comes up against difficult struggles, which the show presents in a tight-rope walking, "will he make it?" style. This is what I think is so great about gaming, the fun of playing, and those sudden moments of not knowing if you're going to make it. Phew, rather than describing more, feel free to learn more about the show on Wikipedia. Anyway, challenging numerous "retro games" in the show's six year run so far, Arino has of course had his hand with Mega Man (Rockman, of course). He faced Mega Man 2 in the second season, the original Mega Man in the seventh season, and Mega Man 3 in the latest 11th season. Today I would like to share his challenges against Mega Man 2 and 3 with you (unfortunately footage of the original Mega Man is not currently online, that I've found). The episodes are purely in Japanese, so they may not be fun to follow along if you can't understand anything, but I think you still feel a very strong understanding with Arino's trials. Furthermore, TV-Nihon is working on subbing season 2, so the Mega Man 2 episode should be out before long (not to mention, you can always go on YouTube and see subbed episodes for other classic games). Anyway, without further ado.

Mega Man 2: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Mega Man 3 (a challenge so great, it takes two episodes!): Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Incidentally I also want to mention, Game Center CX has spawned two DS games, the first of which has been localized in the west as Retro Game Challenge. If you don't have it already I highly recommend it!

Much thanks to Auto for cluing me in on the videos.