Opinion: Power Up! – Metal Blades (Mega Man 2)

Metal Blades (Mega Man 2) Sometimes in a game you get a weapon that simply outclasses everything else. Last time I wrote one of these I spoke about the Spread Gun in Contra (which absolutely qualifies), but Mega Man 2 takes the cake in terms of game-breaking attacks. Metal Man is one of the easier…

Music: Top VGM STKs #8 – Mega Man 3

Mega Man 3 is arguably the first soundtrack I heard that I fell in love with. That’s not to say that other NES soundtracks didn’t leave a mark, but as a child this was the origin of my fandom into the medium as something more than just backing compositions for what was happening on-screen; it…

Opinion: Five Ways – Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite

Maximilian recently put up a video on Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite lamenting its probable demise following dismal sales and appalling public opinion. I don’t think he’s entirely wrong, either. Capcom made many mistakes in generating hype for the newest entry in its storied franchise, some of which I chronicled myself. While the true story of…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Junko Tamiya

Junko Tamiya Tamiya joined Capcom’s Sound Team in 1987, where over the next three years she would be one of the leading musicians for their NES output, contributing soundtracks to Bionic Commando, Little Nemo: The Dream Master, Gun.Smoke, Street Fighter 2010, Sweet Home, and Code Name: Viper. She was also responsible for several key arcade…

Music: Top VGM STKs #3 – Okami

Okami is a behemoth of a soundtrack, with 176 individual tracks (a few are bonus pieces like trailer pieces and such). What makes it really stand out is its dedication towards recreating traditional Japanese music with some modern flourishes, and it succeeds beyond my wildest expectations. One of the reasons the game is so high…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Mari Yamaguchi

Mari Yamaguchi Yamaguchi was a member of Capcom’s Alph Lyfa team beginning in 1991 through 1993, and while her tenure with the publisher was fairly brief she did leave an indelible mark with several of Capcom’s legendary franchises, solely providing the soundtrack to Mega Man 5 and Super Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts, as well as contributing…

Opinion – Artistic Discussion: 2/20/2018

Mega Man is a casebook example of 1980s localization and its intense desire to eradicate any trace of Japanese artistic influence. I go into this much more over at P4, but regardless of Capcom USA’s intention with this box art it is undeniable it is one of the ugliest examples I can bring up in…