Changing The Music in Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 for Dreamcast

 If you’ve ever played Marvel vs Capcom 2 on the Dreamcast, you can’t deny that the music is lowsy. It’s incredibly slow and borning and does not fit the game at all. (Read PlanetDreamcast’s review of MvC2 for good commentary)

Because of this, there has been a number of people who have created their own audio mixes and customized a ripped copy of Marvel vs Capcom 2 for the Dreamcast.

If you would like to learn how to max your own mix, check out the following links.

I’ve talked to frequent RetroGaming reader, mozgus, who has worked on a number of similar remixes (like MvC2 Accurate Mix) and he is telling me there isn’t one perfect way of doing this. There are many different factors in the process that may influence how your project turns out.

Don’t get too discouraged, however if changing the music in games is challenging. If you are feeling adventurous and want to get into some Dreamcast game hacking, jump in and see what you learn. Just have fun with it. Or if you’re lazy like me, just wait for other people to make the cool mixes :)

Anyway, not every game is able to have their music changed — mostly just Capcom and SNK fighters and some other games like Crazy Taxi. Basically, the games you can edit are ones that have ADX audio files. I’ll see if I can dig up some additional guides/tips in the future.

If you have a tutorial for changing the music in Dreamcast games or a mix of your own to share, please let me know in the comments section!

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12 Comments

  1. Mozgus says:

    Some other games that this can be done for, though some may be more complicated then others:

    Capcom vs SNK 2
    Crazy Taxi 2
    Tony Hawk 2
    Power Stone 2
    Propeller Arena
    Cannon Spike

    And many more.

  2. racketboy says:

    I think I’ve also heard King of Fighters ’99 (can’t remember which one)

  3. Mozgus says:

    I would imagine that all the KOF’s could work. I haven’t poked around their files to make sure though. Just judging by the game’s structure, I would guess that they use ADX audio.

  4. dank says:

    Actually the music does fit in a Japanese context since they are a people who actually listens to a respects jazz music. You see this all over games in anime. Here is what i mean

    Fighting game = strong kickass characters = some kinda tough kickass music like rock or hiphop = makes sense to the american sensibiblty

    Fighting game = characters with precise surgical fighting skills = jazz music which takes years of training and precision like martial arts = makes sense to the jap sensibility.

  5. racketboy says:

    While your analogy might be valid, Marval vs Capcom 2 is one of the least “precise” fighters out there.

    And most importantly, it’s still want what I personally want to listen to while playing a brawler.

  6. Mgbenz says:

    MvC2’s jazz music isn’t terrible. In fact they’re actually quite good. The real problem is that they don’t fit with the game. The only music that I think that fits is Abyss’s battle themes.

  7. enrik says:

    I watched the Simpsons episode ‘Deep Space Homer’ last night and thought it would be amusing if someone could use the Star Trek fight music in a DC fighting game.

    Does anyone know if there’s a Crazy Taxi mix available yet? I like that game, even if it is rather shallow, but the music grates after a while.

    Also, I’d like to thank Mozgus for his unbelievably great Capcom vs SNK 2: The Accurate Mix. That version of the game is my preferred DC fighter — even over Guilty Gear X and SFIII: 3rd Strike. I especially like his choice of music for the Barentsburg and Osaka stages, though I have to confess that the end credits song doesn’t really fit. Nonetheless, I think it sets the standard and is much, much better than his Marvel vs Capcom 2 effort. I’ve seen the game on lots of sites, too (stevemv.com, mininova.org, meganova.org, snesorama.us, etc.), which is handy.

    “I’ll wager 400 quatloos on the newcomer”

  8. Incognito D says:

    Would a version of Jet Set Radio with the music from JSR Future be theoretically possible?

  9. racketboy says:

    I don’t see why not as long as you follow the directions well :)

  10. Anthony817 says:

    Error 404 Not Found on the Custom MVC2 link.

    We should ger some links up in here of more actual succesful moded games.

    Getting some Pantera or KoRn or something besides The Offspring in Crazy Taxi 1-2 would be so kick ass.

  11. Mozgus says:

    Anthony817, just go to my site. It’s got download links for all my DC projects.

  12. kc says:

    the music in mvc2 is spectacular