ReMix:Mega Man 3 "Cataclysmic Clash" 4:26

By Game Over

Arranging the music of 3 songs from 2 games ( view all )...

"Boss", "Game Start", "Top Man Stage"

Primary Game: Mega Man 3 (Capcom , 1990, NES), music by Harumi Fujita, Yasuaki Fujita

Posted 2004-07-30, evaluated by the judges panel

In the year of Our ReMix, 2002, Game Over released their epic Punch-Out!! ReMix unto OCR, and we saw that it was good. Or something like that. Non-sequitur faux biblical paraphrases aside, Game Over have ironically returned (think band title) with another track after a long hiatus, and better yet are working on more new material. You can check things out and keep an eye out at While this Mega Man 3 mix isn't QUITE as utterly classic as Little Mac's Confession, it's still a great driving rock arrangement, again featuring enthusiastic vocals, energetic lyrics, quick and dynamic guitar, and just a lot of what I would call "verve". Lyrics always mystify me because what sounds good sung can often seem relatively simple or unremarkable written; Wire McQuaid aka Elisabeth Pezouvanis does a great job of writing lyrics that truly WORK when sung, even if reading them before listening can sound strange for certain lines. The piece "consists of the Top Man theme from Mega Man 3 and the boss theme from Mega Man 2 plus the small jingle that appears when you select a boss from the boss map" in Wire's words, and thus has some medley action going on, but handles the transition gracefully. Actually, this was judge Oji's favorite bit:

"So much effort...yeesh! That was a hot transition at 2:41 into the robot battle theme, by the way. That was my favorite part of the track. The ending where they yelled "Cataclysmic Clash" and went into the death sound effect could have been pure cheese, but it came across very nicely. Props to Game Over with another winner here. I personally liked this one a lot more than "Little Mac's Confession" as well. Great stuff."

GO have a style all their own, and the addition of original lyrics and really very respectable vocals improves their pieces and makes them memorable - it sets them apart from bands doing covers/arrangements and achieves a different, distinct feel. In the tradition of their first, landmark submission, this Mega Man coverage is quite the shit, captures the same qualities, and should not be missed.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2013-06-18 11:17:40

Pure metal carnage. So deliciously intense. Game Over has often impressed me, but I have had much of a chance to express how much I love their work, especially this song. Even with the later changes, this is another great rocking ReMix that shows the constant quality of their work. Loved the transition to the boss theme and adding in the boss intro jingle.

Holy Land
on 2010-09-01 17:41:26

I guess turning Top Man's theme into a metal song was an obvious choice, but this a great version of it.

The only thing I don't really like is that the drums kind of mess up the sound, especially during the chorus. Are they using a drum machine of some sort? Because some passages feel overly-mechanical and awkward at times. But everything else is top-notch.

on 2009-12-22 10:25:21

I love the kick gallop and the vocals. Production was solid, and the transition to the second theme was pretty well done. Very rocking stuff, I love this track. Cute ending as well. ^______^

on 2009-07-11 03:13:35

Very cool indeed but i love the vocal sample near the end. I love it.

on 2009-07-11 00:35:16

Others have said it better than I, but excellent, excellent rock interpretation of MM3 tuneage.

on 2009-05-01 21:28:50

Game Over hemorrhage pure awesomeness. That's all there is to it. The amount of love for metal and for Mega Man 3 that they show off here would almost be sickening, if it weren't so goddamn fantastic.

Flawless arrangement of various Mega Man themes, classic metal vocals, solos to write home about... this mix has it all. Game Over may always be the artist to beat in the continuous quest for that perfect professional sound.

I am a HUGE fan of this.

on 2009-01-28 15:48:20

no bad but use a real drummer. Or at least better drum sounds. The drum beats are put together well but the sound quality sucks.

on 2009-01-20 20:03:58
They´re SWEDES!?8O

Didn't see that coming....

I don't really care for the intro; it plays tricks with my headphones and makes me feel like going deaf in my left ear or something.

Still this is fairly standard power metal, so if you like that sort of thing, check this mix out.

on 2006-01-07 04:06:46
Anyway i LOVE this song to death 8O:)!! Go Sweden go !! :mrgreen::wink:

They´re SWEDES!?8O

At first I felt uncomfortable since this remix had lyrics, I´m more of a dude that just wants the music with no voices that steals your attention. But now that I´ve listened to it quite a while, the lyrics grows on you and becomes part of the music, and that´s the point where i truly realizes how cool this remix really is. It´s AWESOME.

A great rockremix in the name of Topman, that´s some pretty neat stuff. The guitars actually fitted very well to the Topmelody, it plays with maximum energy and leaves noone unsatisfied. Well, maybe someone, but those people maybe just don´t likes thrashing guitar remixes.

Tack för remixen Game Over, är fortfarande ganska förvånad att det finns så många svenskar på OC. Ni gör oss stolta. Bra gjort!!!

on 2005-11-16 02:10:26

I'm at a loss. I actually don't know what to say. Um.....Awesome!! Um..This rocks!! Um..I want more. Go GameOver. After hearing that this band was from Sweden, I expected to hear lryics in Swedish. When I heard Timo (the lead singer) singing in english, I knew immediately that this would become one of my top 5 songs. I'm feeling much like djpretzel must've when he had to come up with an opening review for this track. If you haven't already, head over to and buy their demo disc. This stuff is amazing

on 2005-02-14 20:37:23

Check the MM3 manual - it says right there in the intro "Get to those mining worlds on the double MegaMan, and stop whoever's in charge!" or something similar. Hence, lyrics are justified.


Awesome song by the way. This gets the very special last place on any CD I burn that doesn't include A World Awaits Chrono (otherwise it goes 2nd last)

on 2004-12-10 23:56:26

Definitely a cool rendition of TopMan's theme. Great segue from that into the battle theme... Very nice. Vocals are cool, if not a tad hard to understand at times.

on 2004-10-14 17:49:30

I kept thinking as I was listening to this that it would be sooo awesome...without the vocals. The vocals are like the "cow bell" from the Christopher Walken sketch, very distracting. They work for maybe 5 - 10 seconds during the song but otherwise, I think they weaken the piece. This isn't to say that it couldn't work with vocals, it's just that the ones provided here really don't work. Vocally it needs someone like Robert Plant to work...

But everything else about this mix rocks.

on 2004-10-08 18:32:38

This is some great rock interpretation, IMHO on par with Game Over's previous great work (I have to buy their CD once it comes out). Definitely staying on my playlist.

Rumors say there's some Zelda: Any chance?

Well, since you asked...

on 2004-08-17 10:07:28

It seems like some of you (including the judges) have difficulties understanding the lyrics. Very few seem to know the real story behind Mega Man 3. If you did, maybe you would understand more.

Mega Man 3 is about robots in a mine making a revolt, just like in Émile Zola's "Germinal". The lyrics describe this revolt. They also try to be humoristic in the way they describe the wounds that only robots can get (for example "oil is staining on their hands" instead of blood). The chorus is, of course, about Top Man himself. It all ends with everybody killing each other.

Sources Arranged (3 Songs, 2 Games)

Primary Game:
Mega Man 3 (Capcom , 1990, NES)
Music by Harumi Fujita,Yasuaki Fujita
"Top Man Stage"
Additional Game:
Mega Man 2 (Capcom , 1988, NES)
Music by Manami Matsumae,Takashi Tateishi
"Game Start"

Tags (5)

Electric Guitar,Singing,Vocals: Male
Lyrics > Lyrics: Original

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[Lyrics by Wire]

Mining terror, eyes ablaze
Feel the power of insurrection
Robot blisters, metal wounds
Cyborgs heading for war section

Rebellion's pounding from below
Monsteropolis is on fire
Searching snakes and shadow blades
The evil doctor's desire

Dwelling in infernal mine of pain
Shoot and spin like a hurricane
Twist and charge, attacking is in vain
Fatal megalomaniac, he's insane

Boiling steel of man-made flesh
Put an end to the obedience
Oil is staining on their hands
And ahead lies their vengeance

Rusty bodies torn apart
Iron scattered in the night
Desert lies this future scenery
Dead is all the faith of Light


[Chorus 2]
Fading blackened smoke where they fell
Silent as if someone's cast a spell
From the ground this evil deadly smell
Cataclysmic clash in the name of hell

Enter annihilation
No turning back
Cataclysmic clash

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