Rockman EXE Transmission OST Announced! ... Wait, What?

We're getting soundtracks galore for Mega Man's 25th anniversary, so why not toss another into a mix? And while we're at it, how about make it an original soundtrack for a GameCube game released back in 2003? Yes, for whatever reason, Rockman EXE Transmission (Mega Man Network Transmission to us in the west) is getting its own soundtrack nine years after the fact.

Actually, the context might make this a little more understandable. The soundtrack (full name "Game Music Discovery Series: Rockman EXE Transmission Soundtrack") is being released by SuperSweep's own label. SuperSweep is the company Capcom contracted to compose the music for Transmission. The listing on SuperSweep's shop says that the album is the result of fans requesting an official soundtrack for a number of years. And heck, I won't lie, I really do love Transmission's soundtrack.

The 28 track album, containing the music by Shinji Hosoe, Ayako Saso and Kosuke Yasui, will release on November 2nd this year for ¥2,625 (roughly $33.50 US). As far as I can tell right now, SuperSweep's online store is the ONLY way to buy this soundtrack (which is seemingly being released with no connection to Capcom), so it may turn out to be a pretty rare item before long. Good luck to you music fans!

News Credit: CAP Kobun

Guess Who's Who on MM10 Stage Themes, Tiny Sneak Peek at OST (Updated w/ Answers)

Over at the Spiceman blog, Inti Creates sound producer Ippo Yamada is holding a little quiz. This starts off with a small shot of the Rockman 10 OST, pictured to the right here, which is releasing in Japan next week! As for the quiz, Ippo gives this information. The eight main stage themes in Mega Man 10 were composed by a musician from an earlier Mega Man game (except for 9). These include:

1 - Blade Man 2 - Pump Man 3 - Commando Man 4 - Chill Man 5 - Sheep Man 6 - Strike Man 7 - Nitro Man 8 - Solar Man

The eight composers who worked on these songs are as follows:

A - Manami Matsumae (Mega Man, 2) B - Yasuaki Fujita (Mega Man 3, 4) C - Minae Fujii (Mega Man 4) D - Mari Yamaguchi (Mega Man 5) E - Yuko Takehara (Mega Man 6, 7) F - Makoto Tomozawa (Mega Man 7) G - Shusaku Uchiyama (Mega Man 8 ) H - Akari Kaida (Mega Man & Bass)

All you have to do is match the number of the song with the letter of the composer you think made the song. There's no prize or anything involved in this, just the fun of trying to get them all right. Go ahead and post your answers here, as I'll be asking Ippo to take a look here from time to time. The answers will be revealed on March 22nd. Good luck!

Incidentally, I've been in a betting pool with a few friends myself on who did what song, but we were all certain Solar Man was by Inti Creates' Ryo Kawakami, so I guess we'll have to go back and rethink...

Update: And the answers are finally out. Let's see how everyone did.

Blade Man's Stage is by Akari Kaida (1-H) Pump Man's Stage is by Yuko Takehara (2-E) Commando Man's Stage is by Minae Fujii (3-C) Chill Man's Stage is by Shusaku Uchiyama (4-G) Sheep Man's Stage is by Mari Yamaguchi (5-D) Strike Man's Stage is by Makoto Tomozawa (6-E) Nitro Man's Stage is by Manami Matsumae (7-A) Solar Man's Stage is by Yasuaki Fujita (8-B)

After moving Fujita out of Solar Man's spot, I got every single one wrong. I'm probably going to quit the site now.