Capcom has started uploaded dozens of its game soundtracks to Spotify.
Those who haven’t picked up a controller since the days of the Atari 2600 would probably find this baffling, but the genre of video game music has become so transcendental and all-encompassing that it really deserves it’s own section in the Grammys. Capcom, a publisher responsible for some of the most memorable 8-bit bangers ever rendered on to an NES cartridge, would certainly agree given how they’ve recently ported a ton of soundtracks over to Spotify.
You can listen to it all here: Capcom Sound Team on Spotify.
Music streaming has come quite a long way over the past decade or so, and we are now pretty far removed from the days of Napster and the piracy-plagued days of the original iPod. That said, there really isn’t a defacto music service for those looking for video game beats. Sure, Spotify does have its own dedicated video game section, but a quick search of the platform for video games is more likely to come up with Lana Del Rey than Mega Man.
At least, that was the case until the company behind the Blue Bomber saw fit to port a truckload of their title’s soundtracks over to the software. Uploading under the name Capcom Sound Team, classic tracks like DMC’s Devils Never Cry or the jazzy stage select song from Mega Man 11 are now available on Spotify for fans to geek out over.
One major downside—and a major reason why so few people seem to be aware of this—is that a vast majority of tracks available on the service haven’t been localized for English-speaking audiences. While that isn’t much of a problem considering just how few of them have Japanese lyrics, this means that most of the titles are totally unreadable for those who can’t speak the language. Sure, dedicated Capcom fans will be able to suss out which track is which after listening through once or twice, but it’s kind of a bummer for less-knowledgeable listeners.
Still, this is definitely a step in the right direction for gaming, and there are a ton of publishers who definitely ought to jump aboard this trend. Sega’s Sound Team has been at it for quite a while, but there can’t be that many people interested in listening to Sonic R’s soundtrack on Spotify… actually, scratch that, it has well over half a million listens at this point.
The takeaway here is that we no longer have to rely on decade-old YouTube videos to rock out to some of our favorite chip-tune tracks. Though Capcom may be missing a few notable pieces of music, it’s nice to know that their overall exemplary work is now more accessible than ever.