Opening Stage - Mega Man X

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Opening Stage
Composer Setsuo Yamamoto
Released 1993-12-17
Title Origin Official
Loops Yes

Opening Stage plays in Mega Man X's first level, which precedes any of the regular Maverick stages. It was composed by Setsuo Yamamoto for the original SNES version of the game, which was first released in Japan on December 17th, 1993.

Title

Official soundtracks consistently use the title "Opening Stage" (usually written in English, even in Japanese releases).

Games

Mega Man X (SNES)

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Mega Man X (SNES)
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Mega Man X - SNES - Opening Stage.png
Released 1993-12-17
Format SPC

The original version of the song sets the stage for every rendition to come, creating a hard rock sound with a prominent electric guitar-like melody and constant drumming.

This song is track 01 in the game's sound test.

Mega Man X (DOS)

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Mega Man X (DOS)
Arranger Stephen Rozner, Michael Bowman
Released 1995-??-??
Format MIDI

The DOS port features a MIDI conversion by Stephen Rozner & Michael Bowman. It is noticeably higher-pitched and lacks some of the original song's richer-sounding elements - for example, the drums are significantly less punchy and impactful.

Mega Man Xtreme (GBC)

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Mega Man Xtreme (GBC)
Arranger Toshio Kajino, Saori Maeda
Released 2000-10-20
Format GBS

The opening stage is modeled on the first X game's equivalent, including its music. This arrangement is bound to the limitations of the DMG-CPU B's PCB, resulting in a sparser sound when compared to the original. That said, it remains very faithful to the original melody and key.

This version is called "オープニングステージ" ("Opening Stage" in katakana) on the 20th Anniversary Rockman X Sound Box.

Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X (PSP)

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Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X (PSP)
Arranger Kento Hasegawa, Seiko Kobuchi, Shinya Okada
Released 2005-12-15

Maverick Hunter X, a remix of the first X game, features a remix of the song in its opening stage. Its overall style leans towards techno, though it uses a guitar for the leading melody and sporadically incorporates drums & other orchestral sounds to support it.

This version is called "Opening Stage - Central Highway" on the 20th Anniversary Rockman X Sound Box.

Albums

Released Album Version Title Track
1994-03-09 Rockman X: Alph-Lyla with Toshiaki Ohtsubo Jazz-style remix Prologue - Awakening Road ~Opening: Highway Stage~ 1
2003-09-26 Capcom Music Generation: Rockman X1~6 SNES version Opening Stage 1.4
2013-12-18 20th Anniversary Rockman X Sound Box SNES version Opening Stage 1.4
PSP version Opening Stage - Central Highway 11.3
Xtreme version オープニングステージ (Opening Stage) 12.4
2018-07-24 Mega Man X Sound Collection SNES version Opening Stage 4
2020-09-?? Mega Man X 1-8: The Collection SNES version Opening Stage 1.4
2022-08-?? Mega Man X (Original Soundtrack) SNES version Opening Stage 4

Lyrics

A retro-styled, intentionally cheesy commercial for Mega Man 10 features a short remix of the opening stage's theme with lyrics, despite X being separate from the classic series.

Mega Man
Mega Man!
He's blue and he knows what to do
He's much more than a man
He's Mega Man!

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