The Mega Man franchise is currently indulging in its 25th Anniversary celebrations with various goodies though yes, we know, no full game to date. For fans of the series, however, recent months have given a good opportunity to buy assorted trinkets to celebrate, with Capcom also gradually bringing the first six NES titles to the 3DS Virtual Console, too.
The latest range of extras to buy come in the form of official Mega Man soundtracks that were previously only available in Japan. Rather than the CDs enjoyed in The Land of the Rising Sun, these are DRM-free (Digital Rights Management) MP3 files that you can download for your various devices. So far Capcom has released the Mega Man and Mega Man 2 official soundtracks, though unfortunately they're only available in the U.S. Capcom store (for North, Central and South America), so if you're outside of that territory you won't be able to complete an order. We assume that this is due to a licensing issue, but is unfortunate for those of us in Europe and elsewhere.
These soundtracks are among the finest from the 8-bit era, of course, though it's worth noting that the Mega Man 2 soundtrack has some issues that the others avoid. According to Destructoid the tracks of this one album weren't converted properly, so there are glitches and hiccups that mar the experience — the others should be fine.
These are going for $8.95 each on the Capcom store, so are you tempted to pick either of the first two up, or the others when they arrive?
[source destructoid.com, via capcom-unity.com]
Stay classy, Capcom.
Good old modern Capcom
9$ for some chitune you can find everywhere on the web for many years and whatever tracks you want, ripped from the game or remake, you can find anything you want !
That's a bit strong !
Plus there are issues
Plus there're not available in EU !
So Capcom, you'll never have my money...
no CD? no thanks...
That's cute, how about a new Mega Man game?
Games that are 20+ years old. $9 For the soundtracks...for the anniversary.
sigh Oh Capcom, you just don't know what you're doing do you?
I'm baffled by some of the complaints. I mean, yeah, the music has been "available" for a long time, but this is the first domestic, legal release of these tunes. I'd rather pay for what I own (and so should everyone), so this is great news to me. I know that for certain fans, this gesture is “too little too late,” but I’d gladly pay $9 to support an official release of iconic music.
The only complaints I understand are those regarding the audio issues on the first two games' soundtracks, which there's really no excuse for. Capcom could and should have easily fixed that.
I don't own a computer so unless I can buy this physically in a store, I'm SOL.
A physical copy would be awesome.
IMHO physical copies with excellent album art that feature all the bosses would be heaven!
I was interested until I read the part about the crappy conversion. Why...? Why doesn't Capcom fix that? It can't be that hard.
"If you're in Europe, tough"
sometimes a direct approach is the way to go...its the way of a vampire hunter
No. You can get the soundtracks as mp3's for free from downloading off websites.
hm, yea soundtracks, especially to really old megaman games are nothing special. especially available only in mp3, not even any sweet packaging to make it more, well, actually collectible?
Even though I won't be buying them all, I'm glad they are now officially released and at a reasonable price. Mega Man music is fantastic, some of the best of it's kind; I'm just surprised it's taken so long to release them. If all the Mega Man music was out and affordably priced like this, I'd definitely capitalize on more if they had more albums released, such as the X and MMBN series. If it were cheaper, I'd buy it all, but for now I can be content with MM3 soundtrack )
And yes, I'm sure you could download these elsewhere on the internet "for free", aka via pirating capcom's intellectual property.
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