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Mega Man II Music Improvement

Hack of Mega Man II

Description:

Mega Man II/Rockman World II is notorious as the black sheep of the Game Boy Mega Man games for many reasons. Perhaps the most glaring of these is its peculiar soundtrack, which is bizarrely high-pitched, off-key, and extremely grating compared to pretty much any other Game Boy game, let alone the rest of the series.

This hack attempts to improve the music by fixing two apparent errors:

1. The first is an objective programming mistake: the game’s note-to-frequency conversion table is wrong. Some values are correct while others are one higher than they should be, resulting in over a quarter of the notes playing off-key.

2. The more obvious problem, and the more subjective one, is that much of the music has the lead instruments set an octave higher than most people find pleasant.

Problem 1 is a simple fix: the frequency table has been regenerated with the correct values, fixing the out-of-tune notes.

Problem 2 has been handled, in most cases, by lowering the two square channels (used for leads) one octave and leaving the wavetable channel (used for bass) untouched. A few tracks have been handled specially; see the readme for details.

Note that the sound effects are unchanged, as they’re stored in a different format that directly specifies the intended frequencies instead of doing a note-to-frequency conversion.

Included in the download are three IPS files, one for each of the game’s regional variants (Japan, USA, and Europe).

ROM / ISO Information:

  • ===Japanese Version===
  • No-Intro filename: Rockman World 2 (Japan).gb
  • CRC32: C34D265E
  • MD5: C05B47DF8BDFE770BE228E51BC42DA84
  • SHA-1: 5D35BAA2FADD07796ED8B441F82ED5B136A999C7
  • ===USA Version===
  • No-Intro filename: Mega Man II (USA).gb
  • CRC32: E496F686
  • MD5: 7FE07271D04ED9E0BC0663DDE55A2AE4
  • SHA-1: 334F1A93346D55E1BE2967F0AF952E37AA52FCA7
  • ===European Version===
  • No-Intro filename: Mega Man II (Europe).gb
  • CRC32: 5E90CB48
  • MD5: B9CFEE05797BEB8FF7E259EE77EAF2FB
  • SHA-1: D19993A4630E7F9450FF6469115F4095F6F29667

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User Review Information

Something I don't like, but can recommend

Reviewed By: Plaindillo on 20 Nov 2021

Now this is yes right off the bat, I think this hack does a great job at what it sets out to do. Yes this game had a mistake where the music was unusually high pitched, this hack completely fixes that issue.

Yet… this is not a hack I would care for. I can recommend it, but I wouldn’t like it. Why? Because personally, I like how the original sounded. This was legitimately one of my favorite Mega Man OSTs because of how intensely emotional it sounded. For me, this hack completely takes that away for me. I played this as a little one on my Gameboy Advance SP, and even to this day, on hardware and on an emulator, the music never felt ear grating or unpleasant to listen to in the slightest. This hack doesn’t even fix the one exception which was the overbearing percussion on the level select theme, and with the much calmer main tune, it makes it even harder to hear the song. Ultimately this hack for me just turns the OST into another regular (good but regular) soundtrack along with the rest of the gameboy games’ soundtracks. Instead of a true hidden gem.

Just to clarify I can 100% recommend this hack, but this is PERSONALLY something I can’t recommend for myself.

Finally I can say with certainty that this is something you will probably like. I just have to say this is just not something I care for, perhaps I quote another reviewer here, Rustus. “No hate, no shade. Just not my cup of tea.”

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Something I don't like, but can recommendPlaindillo20 Nov 20211.0Yes
COMPARISON on the "ears"diablo66603 Sep 20211.0Yes
It's nice to listen to the soundtrack that it intended to beSuperfishMEMZ09 Feb 20211.0Yes
Exceedingly Off.Rustus09 Sep 20201.0No
Makes the Title Screen alone one of the best pieces of Mega Man musicSupergamerguy01 Aug 20201.0Yes
Turns a black sheep into a hidden gemPowerPanda18 Apr 20201.0Yes
Definitely Easier On The EarsEldrethor18 Apr 20201.0Yes
Fixes a game breaking bug with the soundhdofu17 Apr 20201.0Yes
Very hard to go back to the original after thisChewbatrij02 Apr 20201.0Yes
Your ears will thank you.Chronosplit02 Aug 20201.0Yes
The first Mega Man Game i ever beat.Mindflower25 Oct 20191.0Yes
Music made bearable, and in some cases, goodThirteen 135504 Oct 20191.0Yes
Spooniest Bard ApprovesSpooniest02 Oct 20191.0Yes