TMMN Jukebox 2

It's time again for another edition of TMMN Jukebox! We don't have quite as many submissions today, but we hope you'll enjoy them just the same. First up is a submission from TadoOm and BZI MusicProd, a group of amateur musicians, featuring a cover of the ever-popular Dr. Wily Stage 1 theme from Mega Man 2. "We have modified the music in a hard-rock/metal style and we've shot a modest video," they explain in their YouTube video's description. Check it out:

And for those interested, credits for the fan art used can be found in the video's description.

The rest of today's Jukebox comes from PrincessLuna on YouTube, who has set out upon a massive undertaking: Remixing every Mega Man Classic song into a Mega Man 7 style. There are too many to include them all here, but following is a selection of choice songs from the collection, and you can find the rest she's made so far here.

You can download this version of the Mega Man soundtrack here, and the others are still to come.

Thanks to TadoOm and PrincessLuna for the tips!

TMMN Jukebox

We'll admit it: We tend to get busy, and while we do constantly check our inbox for tips, we aren't always able to get to things as quickly as we would like. This includes fan-made projects, such as performances and fan renditions of Mega Man music. We still want to give this stuff a spot on the site, but making time to do individual posts for each one can be difficult, and so we present them all to you here in what we like to call our "TMMN Jukebox*."

First up is the Mega Man 2 medley of Heat Man and Metal Man's tunes, appropriately called "Hot Metal!" by Ferdk16, a VG rock cover guitarist, and Laura Shigihara, a professional composer best known for the soundtrack to Plants vs. Zombies. Thanks for the tip, Tony!

Next up is a remix of Charge Man's stage theme from Mega Man 5, which Fin Leavell says he recreated by ear. It appears as a bonus track on his EP, "Nightswim," which you can download for free here.

We'd like to embed this next one, but unfortunately, the streaming host at Electrodreams.net isn't working as of this writing.

Called "Sugar Sugar Marathon 20XX," this compilation features 13 covers spanning from the ten Classic Mega Man games, and features The Plasmas, Nesmetal, FantomenK, and more. You can check out their forum link here, and-- if Electrodreams.net starts working again-- download the album here.

Courtesy of a tip from Michael, we have "Only a Fantasy ~ What am I Fighting For!" as a "musically tuned lyrical song" meant to be a parody of "the (infamous) scene" from Mega Man X4 by YouTube user CompleteWorkZ.

As part of their "Christmas Calendar" of 24 new orchestrations leading up to Christmas Day, The Synthetic Orchestra's Blake Robinson presented this piece the day before the 25th anniversary of Mega Man. You can also check out the rest, featuring numerous other video game themes from titles such as Banjo-Kazooie, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Mario, and more on the calendar page here.

Vicsanmusic's "Interactive Rock Tribute" to Mega Man, which you can see above (click on a Robot Master for his track) may be a year old, but he recently announced that you can now download the full album here or here.

Thanks for the tip, MegamanXstream!

LennartAlsing shared with us this rock/metal (how appropriate) cover of "X vs. Zero" from Mega Man X5. You can check out his official website here.

Finally, we have this: A "cover playthrough" of Mega Man 3 which features the original music edited out and replaced by cover versions of the songs. You can get the whole soundtrack, Mega Man 3 Remade by RushJet1, here. Thanks for the tip, Allan!

Thanks again to everyone who sent us a tip, and we're sorry it took so long to post these!

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* Not sure whether jukeboxes are really much of a thing any more, so for our younger readers: A jukebox was a machine which contained numerous songs by different artists which would play when you inserted a quarter, or whatever price the operator decided to jack it up to. But, much like any jukebox The Fonz chose to listen to, TMMN Jukebox requires no deposit on your part!

For more information, ask your parents or consult your local library. Or Wikipedia. Whatever doesn't date us even further.

What Do Our Far East Friends Think of Xover?

When Rockman Xover was announced about a couple weeks back, reactions to the news were... not terribly positive, to put it lightly. Not only fans, but even writers at gaming news sites like Destructoid and Kotaku put the game to shame. While little may be known about Xover so far, it's clear it's going to have an uphill battle to please fans in the West.

But what about in the East? After all, cell phone and other mobile games are much more popular in Japan, where less people drive cars and must make long commutes to get to where they need to go. Also, I think there's something of a perception that Japanese fans take things better - for example, there was certainly disappointment and disbelief with the cancellation of Legends 3, but not nearly the screaming of bloody murder from notable Japanese fans who were heavily invested in the game.

However, the perception may not be so distant from local ones. I've been monitoring comments and reactions to Xover on a few BBS style game news sites in Japan, and, with a certain degree of randomness, selecting posts to translate. You can look over a number of these comments after the break, and compare them to your own feelings.

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-Yes yes, fees fees.

-Eh? An RPG... The times are changing...

-A social game?

-I've wanted them to make a continuation of the X series or something... but I'm glad something like this is being released too.

-On top of Legends 3 getting cancelled, this just depresses me.

-So now we're getting into fees. Ho hum...

-I'm really not digging this.

-With how lame Battle Network, Star Force, Zero and such are, it's easy to see the dissent.

-I loved the Battle Network series back in my high school days. This is fine and all, but when're they gonna make a new Battle Network?

-This looks sooooo boring, hahahaha. A Mega Man that's not Mega Manish at all. At this rate a Battle Network for cell phones would've been good.

-Touch screen action games are the definition of crap games.

-This looks heavily based off the iOS Mega Man X. Make X2 already.

-Capcom is a genius at killing brands. DMC, Onimusha, Lost Planet, Monster Hunter, SF, Mega Man... Looking at the sales for Revelations, seems like portable Resident Evil is over too. If RE6 bombs, it'll be all over for Capcom.

-You can only charge, jump (slide?), and shoot; there's no button to move. And it has SKIP on the boss battle screen. This is pretty awful LOL

-If there's anyone who can play well on an iPad, they're a pro. I think people who can play action games on smart phones are pretty amazing haha.

-The Mega Man brand is officially over lol. Sheesh... Well, the Mega Man games up 'til now are still fun, no?

-Put out an HD Legends and Legends 2 for Vita. I won't bother waiting for any actual new games.

-I loved the world of this series; of Mega Man's suffering and struggle, living in a world where robots and humans coexist, and has such incredible caring that, to protect humans, he must destroy robots that are like his own kind. And now this series I love is dead.

-The logo is so lame it shocks me.

-If you're making new games for Mega Man fans, you ought to restart Universe and Legends 3, or continue the Powered Up series. How'd a project like this make the cut?

-RPGs are good themselves, and Command Mission was a fairly good game. And I think with cell phone games, putting out only abridged Legends titles and such is fine too. But, putting both sides together and making a series crossover and "creating your own Mega Man" is just... yeah. I only see a future of gathering series fans together for games with paid fees. I really don't know what to think...

-You can tell sprite artists dropped off after the SD era... These graphics are horrible.

-I'm an idiot for having expectations.

-No, this is just... Make Mega Man 11, X9 and Legends 3 instead of this thing.

-At long last, I've wanted the original Mega Man and Zero to be pit against each other. I've waited around 15 years now.

-Make me an online Battle Network game. I'd buy that.

-Capcom: Kill Mega Man and you kill your company.

-I sighed at those fan game grade graphics.

-Please make this for 3DS! I have friends who bought a 3DS for Mega Man! Please!

-We got this over Legends 3? They really are crushing Mega Man... I thought I heard in a report something about new games being made for Wii U? If this were made properly for Wii U, it'd be incentive to buy a Wii U...

-Smart phone games are fine by me, and I relatively enjoy them. But even to me, action play on a touch screen is just busking. Why are they making a genre unsuitable for that kind of hardware?

-I've been waiting... but Capcom has just been a disappointment... I bought a 3DS at great pains, and was really shocked when I heard Legends 3 was canned. (;_;) (Right now Mario Kart 7 keeps me patient...) Please Capcom!! Please make a game for us Mega Man fans that can satisfy everyone!! I wish with all my life!! Please don't let Mega Man end!! (>o<)

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Overall, the reactions are pretty similar. I did not have a very "scientific" method for picking comments - the majority are very quick notes of "What's this?..." or "A social RPG?" or "This sucks.", so I tended to focus on comments that had more meat to them. I also did omit some of the more harsh comments. Over the course of the week, I browsed at comments maybe a total of an hour and a half.

While I can't say this selection of comments represents the overall opinion of Rockman Xover among Japanese fans, I will say I was hard pressed to find ANY comment that exhibited any kind of excitement or interest for the game (posters with a "wait and see" disposition were pretty rare, too). There were initial cries on at least one site, but I think that was people reacting to just the image and posting before reading the whole thing.

Comment sources: Hachima Draft

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Capcom*Unity Reveals Next MM10 Promo Art, Mysterious Evil Man Appears (Update)

If you head on over to Capcom*Unity, you can work to get the next piece of Mega Man 10 artwork revealed. So far no pieces are up yet, but the fans are hard at it. Get your comments, Facebooks and Tweets ready! What will be revealed? We'll kep you updated as the image progresses. Wow, what a dark and foreboding figure we have here. Could this be Gerald De Jesus' interpretation of Bass? Or something entirely different? Also, here is the full mural. Click to enlarge!

Man, what is going on with this picture? What's the huge robot Mega Man is standing on now? I don't know, but I love it!

UPDATE: I just happened to notice. There's a little... bird-like creature on the mystery man. This could be a reference to Reggae, Wily's seldom seen pet. So perhaps this is Wily after all? If so, what happened to him!?