Composer: Takashi Tateishi
System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Date: 1988

Mega Man II had it all. Incredible level design, hairpin controls, badass weapons (the Metal Blade is still the most broken item ever designed) – it all combined to make this the best installment of the Mega Man series. After fighting through eight, evil robot bosses, you finally stormed Dr. Wily's castle, armed to the teeth and ready for war. The accompanying song was something special – it repeated the core melody multiple times, but added layers to it with every refrain – a countermelody here, a call and response there. It was anxious, heroic, and 'carpe diem' – an epic conclusion to an epic game.