In MOTHER 3, the player can perform combos by timing button presses with the rhythm of the in-game music. "Strong One" is the battle theme for, as the title implies, stronger opponents. The song has a time signature of 15/8, which makes combos somewhat tricky.
There is a variant of this track only used during the first battle against the Masked Man. It is basically the same, but at every approximate 8th beat the last end is cut off. So, the approximate time signature is 29/16. It does this by repeatedly changing tempos. Using the tempo cycle is the accurate method.
The tempo cycle for the Masked Man variant is:
- 126 BPM for 3 quarter notes
- 180 BPM for 2 quarter notes
- 236 BPM for 1 quarter note
- 126 BPM for 1 quarter note
- 102 BPM for 1 quarter note
- See also: Category:Strong One (Masked Man)
Due to "Strong One (Masked Man)" having such a wacky time signature, it has become a popular choice for high quality rips.
These rips are pretty difficult to do, so they are seen as impressive feats regardless of the source used. For example, the first rip of this song on the SiIvaGunner channel, "Strong One (Masked Man) - MOTHER 3", uses "Space Jam", a 4/4 rap that is usually too simple to be a solo rip joke, on top of being a disliked mashup cliché.
There are currently 9 rips of "Strong One (Masked Man)" on the channel. It was also used as a joke in the two largest medley rips on the channel, "Pause Screen - Wario World" and "Stage Select - Mega Man 3".
Frequently Ripped Tracks
|Donkey Kong: DK Rap • Stickerbush Symphony
EarthBound / MOTHER: Humoresque of a Little Dog (Buy Somethin' Will Ya!) • MOTHER 3 Love Theme • Pollyanna • Snowman • Strong One (Masked Man) • Unfounded Revenge
Jet Set Radio: Everybody Jump Around • Humming the Bassline
Mii: Mii Channel • Wii Shop Channel
Sonic the Hedgehog: Back 2 Back • Chemical Plant Zone • E.G.G.M.A.N. • Grand Metropolis • Green Hill Zone • IceCap Zone (Act 1) • Live and Learn • Mystic Mansion • Stardust Speedway Bad Future (JPN/PAL) • Unknown from M.E.
Super Mario: Athletic Theme (World) • Bob-omb Battlefield • Dire, Dire Docks • Grass Land • Ground Theme (Secret Course) • Hammer Bros. Theme • "It's a me, Mario!" • Koopa's Road • Merry-Go-Round • Overworld (Bros. 2) • Overworld Theme (World) • Slider • Staff Roll • Starman (Metallic Mario) • Steam Gardens • Underground
The Legend of Zelda: Fairy's Fountain • Gerudo Valley
Others: At Doom's Gate • Baka Mitai • BLOODY STREAM • Circus • City of Color • Corridors of Time • Emote: Dance Moves • Gadget Room • GO MY WAY!! • Konga Conga Kappa (King Conga) • Let's Practice! • Overdrive • Pursuit ~ Cornered • Redial • Take You For A Ride • We Are Number One
Jokes: Sans is Ness • Sens
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|Frequently ripped tracks||Humoresque of a Little Dog (Buy Somethin' Will Ya!) • MOTHER 3 Love Theme • Pollyanna • Snowman • Strong One (Masked Man) • Unfounded Revenge|
|Main series||EarthBound Beginnings/MOTHER • EarthBound • MOTHER 1+2 • MOTHER 3|
|Related||Albums: MOTHER 3+|
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|Fake games||Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories II|
|Similar||Direct: Oddity (Mother 4) • Halloween Hack • Alterniabound
Indirect: Yume Nikki (.flow) • OFF • Space Funeral • LISA: The (Painful • Joyful • Hopeful • Pointless • Ollieful • Doleful) • OneShot • Undertale • Hiveswap (Act 2) • Escaped Chasm • OMORI