The Mega Man X stage select theme is amazing

You probably already know that it is. I was actually trying to compile a list of some of my favorite character/stage select themes and I could only come up with a few that I really liked. For example, the Street Fighter II and Mega Man 8 are pretty great, but nothing matched the affinity I had for the X1 theme.

But, let’s start with the ones I do like. Street Fighter II. It progresses nicely, doesn’t get on your nerves when it repeats and prepares you mentally for the fight, as all character select music should do.

 

 

And the aforementioned Mega Man 8 stage select song is decent too. It pulses with a great dance beat and synths that are easy going. It’s also kinda upbeat and doesn’t over do itself by being too complicated.

 

 

Street Fighter III: Third Strike definitely goes for something different. It’s hip-hop, funky and just down right cool sounding. It might be the only video game rap song that doesn’t sound dumb as you listen to it. It’s straight dope!

 

 

Nothing hits harder than the Mega Man X stage select theme. And I mean nothing. Just listen to the guitar riff, the snare drum and driving bass… it gets you pumped and ready for battle.

 

 

This song is just begging for a great hard rock or heavy metal cover. And I found a few that are actually pretty good. What actually surprised me the most was how good it could sound remixed on a Sega Genesis. Still, not as good as the Super Nintendo original.

 

 

Basically, we’ve learned that Capcom makes the best character and stage select music, ever.

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Speed Demo: Super Metroid (00:32)

I have seen this twice now and thought I would finally share it. Though the video is almost an hour, the game clock is timed at just a little over 30 minutes. While this is the fastest run of Super Metroid I know, the author says it could be better. I can remember beating games like Mega Max X in a day but, I never imagined mastering Super Metroid and beating it in such a short time. The author’s comments are below as seen on http://speeddemosarchive.com.

This is a Super Metroid any% run done single-segment. I started to challenge this time attack in around June 2006, and this movie is the one recorded on 9th August.

Before making this movie, I gained many hints from some tool-assisted speedrun movies, especially Terimakasih’s any% run and Michael Flatley’s incomplete 100% run which are available at TASVideos. From Terimakasih’s run, I got ideas of faster boss fights and less items. From MF’s run, I learned the arm pumping dash and many sensitive movements. Also, I got a lot of good information from the website “NINTENDON!”, which has a good Japanese Super Metroid community and also is famous for its good SM rom hacking. I’d like to thank BananaOyaji who is the webmaster of NINTENDON! and Sippu who is a good SM speed runner. Also, I’d like to thank catnap222 for helping with my submission and giving me some new techniques like the “Torizo quick kill” or the “Super short charge”. Moreover, I’d like to thank SDA and Radix for giving me the chance for publication like this.

Some explanations are following:

– Ceres escape can be faster, but it’s very difficult.
– At the Torizo fight, Samus made Torizo skip his first arm attack by moving in front of him just after the boss fight begins.
– Kraid fight was completely well done.
– In the Phantoon fight, I badly missed the first attack. What is worse, all of his attack patterns were the slowest ones.
– At the top room of the Wrecked Ship, I played quite badly, like missing the shine spark, and so on.
– At the huge room before Draygon, I failed the horizontal shine spark, though Samus charged at the required position.
– Mother Brain fight was one of the quickest kills. I attacked him with Charge Beam in the first half, and with Murder Beam in the latter half. Before his Hyper Beam, I took the gravity suit off instead of taking damage intentionally.
– It seemed that 31mins was impossible, so I went to the bomb room and rescueed the animals.

In detail, there are nearly 100 mistakes in this run. If I had done well in the Wrecked Ship including the Phantoon fight, I would have gotten 31min. Using save points, I would make it even faster. Anyway, this run is almost my perfect. Enjoy!