Saturday, January 14, 2012

Top 50 Video Game Moments: Number 19

Today's moment comes from Mega Man 2. It's not a spoiler - are there any spoilers in NES-era Mega Man games? I mean, it's Dr. Wily every time. If you honestly believed that Dr. Kossack was the main bad guy, I don't even know what to say.

You've just killed the eighth robot master. Very cool. Time to press stage select and...

What's that? Dr. Wily is here? In a spaceship? Waggling his freakishly enormous eyebrows?

Wily takes the least direct path possible to his awesome skull-shaped fortress, and then the gamer learns the importance of video game music.

You are thrust directly into the first level of Wily's fortress, and suddenly that tune begins. "Dr. Wily, Stage 1" is almost certainly the best song to come from the 8-bit video game era - it's certainly the most urgent sounding. Without that track, this wouldn't even be in the top 100, with the track... well...

Yeah, top 20 seems just about right.

If you missed out, or don't remember it, hear you go.


  1. Ahhhhh. Like it was yesterday.

    Dude in the video's played the level a handful of times, it appears.

    You're talking about the music around the seven minute mark until the end, right?

  2. It's annoying that YouTube hasn't gotten the 'embed video at a certain mark' thing down, but yeah, I'm talking about the kickass music that hits when you start the first level in the fortress.

    I watched Megaman clips for about two hours after I posted this... then I tried playing it for a while. Loved it, as usual, but proved quickly just how not good I am at the whole Megaman series.

  3. I'm still pretty good at it, but I was never one of those dudes who played a single Mega Man so much that he could just fly through the levels like this lunatic. I mean, he sets up every weapon before he even gets to the screen where he needs it. Just wild.

  4. Good music, but not my favorite from the NES. There are several moments in Shadowgate that got my blood pumping, as well as the boss music in Ninja Gaiden.