Ok, maybe “real” is a horrible choice of words to use, but I couldn’t resist the GI Joe pun.

Anyway, debuting first on my LJ Friends list is a little project that I’ve been working on recently with Planet Mega Man’s [info]thenekomancer and Rockman.EXE Online’s [info]ryoneko.

I heard this song playing on the way home from taking Red to work one day, and thought to myself “this is it,” and set about pairing it with the opening from Mega Man X8.

Knowing that the Japanese version, Rockman X8, would continue the trend of using bands and singers from Japan to do the theme song, while we’re stuck with recycled music yet AGAIN(ok, it only happens about half the time, still), I felt like a mock-up of what could have been and perhaps should have been was in order.

So here are the fruits of our efforts. Hope you enjoy. I aim to get this posted on The Mega Man Network as soon as I can get ahold of someone with FTP access so EVERYONE can check it out, but in the meantime, exclusively for those on my Friends list, is the finished product.

Just please, PLEASE don’t link anyone else to this; I’m not sure how well the bandwidth would hold. Feel free to distribute it to anyone who’s interested, but not via this link.

I’m something of an idealist, but I’m also a realist. I like to think that maybe if enough people like this sort of thing, and even tell Capcom as much, maybe they’ll consider something more for the next Mega Man release. Of course, I don’t actually expect this to happen, but it’s a nice little thing to fancy…

But, in any case, for all those who might feel a little ripped-off by Capcom’s use of the title screen music for the X8 opening, while Japan gets a whole-new song, here’s a little something to help ease the pain.

Thanks, and hope you enjoy.

Oh, and huge thanks to Heat Man and Ryoneko for helping put this together, without them, it might have just been confined to my head, where no one would get to see it. ;)

LBD “Nytetrayn”