Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Thoughts on the Rockman 25th Anniversary Soundtrack
Come September 19, the Rockcan Sound E Can will be released in stores in Japan. What is it? It's a collection of Mega Man soundtracks from Mega Man 1-10 in the package of an Energy Tank. That's pretty cool packaging, I must say. Also included are the arranged songs from the Rockman Complete Works games from the PlaySation. There's also the inclusion of the three exclusive Sega Saturn Mega Man 8 tracks, that weren't present when Capcom released the Rockman 8 Soundtrack. The music will be remastered from the original source, so hopefully the background noise heard in the Rockman 1~6 soundtrack will be gone. Let's also hope that those blemishes in Rockman 7's soundtrack are cleaned up. Want more? Capcom is also including the music from the Alph Lyla Rockman Special CD soundtracks that originally released in the 1990s. Sounds like a sweet deal, eh? Certainly not a bad way to celebrate Mega Man's 25th anniversary. But even with all that going for it, I can't help but feel disappointed.
Once again, Capcom is leg humping the Classic Mega Man series. No love for the X, Zero, Legends or Battle Network games at all. I know Classic Mega Man is many people's favorites and he's the one that started it all, but he's not the only Mega Man. And even then, the Classic series is still getting shafted here. Why not include all of the music from Mega Man I-V on Game Boy? What about the Wily Wars? For crying out loud, even Rockman & Forte is getting left out in the cold! Are console Mega Man games the only ones that count?
And finally, there's that price tag. You can import this baby from cdjapan, but it will set you back over $220. That much money for ten CDs is way too much. I'm a huge Mega Man fan, but I gotta draw the line somewhere.