The Greatest Bits is a Dutch DJ/Producer inspired by videogames from the glory days of the (Super) Nintendo Entertainment System, GameBoy and SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive. The Mega Man 2 album contains 13 compositions from the million-selling 1988 video game, performed with 8-bit style synthesizers and real 21st century drums, bass guitar, keys and other instruments.
Even 22 years after its release, the Mega Man 2 game is still the all-time bestseller of the Mega Man series. The NES game is critically acclaimed to have one of the best video game music soundtracks ever composed.
American magazine Game Informer listed the title theme of Mega Man 2 as “one of the five best video game openings of all time”. Gametrailers.com listed the Dr. Wily Stage 1 – 2 music as the “2nd best video game theme ever” (only second to the world famous Legend of Zelda theme). And Brandon Sheffield, Game Developer Magazine’s editor-in-chief, states that the music from Mega Man 2 should be an example to today’s game music developers because of its strong and recognizable melodies.
On the Mega Man 2 album The Greatest Bits honours the Japanese composers of the tunes by crafting full songs out of the (originally shorter) game loops. The Greatest Bits combines top class sound production with the unique sound and feel of the original “chipsounds” from the 80’s and early 90’s.
Special attention has been given to the bass sounds on this album. The original soundchips from the Nintendo Entertainment System were not able to produce low bass sounds. The Greatest Bits now combines real bass with 8-bit style chipsounds to create bass melodies that sound NES authentic but also have, well… bass!
The result is a retrogame crossover album that’s extremely suitable for today’s headphones and speakersets.
If you know and have enjoyed the music of this game, then this is your chance to relive the days of haunting Dr. Wily and his evil companions. If you don't know the Mega Man 2 game but you are a nerd for chiptune music, this crossover album is definitely worth checking out. And if you're new to the genre, this soundtrack is simply a great introduction to the video game music style of the fascinating 8-bit era.
In all cases, if you purchase this album you’ll soon find yourself humming retro-style video game tunes instead of today’s radio tunes.