The list of games that have transcended their pixelated selves is few and far between. Super Mario has become more pop culture than video game, Final Fantasy has spun 13 sequels and 2 movies but one game that every "gamer" will tell you is in their top 5, Mega Man, has remained relatively a gamers game. Mega Man's second adventure into the dark mechanical world of the evil Dr. Wily is a fucking blast. You blast your way through intricately detailed levels to defeat some of the most memorable and villainous villains in gaming history such as the hot aired Air Man or his evil brother the insane and watery Bubble Man.
Apparently bubbles can maim, apparently bubbles can kill.
One of the best parts about the game though (and I do urge you to grab a copy of it if you have an old Nintendo) is the music. Produced by Manami Matsumae, Ogeretsu Kun, and Yoshihiro Sakaguchi their 8-bit musings really have a very 2008 feel. Some tracks, such as the Flash Man stage have a decidedly hip hop feel to it. What I love is how the tracks can (and have, as you will hear) translate in both 2008 hip hop or 2008 rock. Below are two GREAT covers of the Mega Man 2 soundtrack. One is from Johan Agebjorn who remixes the track and the other is from the MiniBosses, a band that exclusively covers video game music.
Minibosses - Mega Man 2
Here is the video of the Johan Agebjorn remix;