Sunday Game Soundtrack: F-Zero X (N64)

I’m starting a new series of posts just to highlight some tracks I’ve had stuck in my head during the week.  I intend for this to showcase soundtracks we all know and love.  I hope it’s something good to listen to on a Sunday morning, really, and a break from the exhaustive research (for me) that it takes to highlight Lesser-known Video Game Soundtracks.

The Japanese cover to F-Zero X.

Today I figure we’ll start out with 41.5 minutes of pulse pounding racing music from Nintendo’s F-Zero X for N64.  The soundtrack to this game is easily one of my all-time favorites.  The emulated guitar is awesome and the compressed sampled drums are fantastic.  The composers are Taro Bando and Hajime Wakai.  It is interesting to note that F-Zero X’s OST is completely monaural due to N64’s cartridge size and compression.  I’ve never noticed that, to be honest.  It still sounds awesome.

Author’s personal note:  I’m really jealous of Japan and the F-Zero X Expansion Kit, which was released only for the Nintendo 64DD.  The expansion contains stereo-mixed versions of a lot of these songs, a race track editor so you can make your own tracks, a vehicle editor, and so much more.  It’s a real shame that we didn’t get this… and I didn’t buy a N64DD when I was holding one at a GameStop in Fairlawn, NJ for $50 in 2001.  I’m not bitter, I swear!

Alright, take a listen and brighten up your Sunday morning.

(credit:  Officer94)

Thanks again!  Coming up next week:  Research in Game Music:  Technique- Writing effective and non-repetitive game music, Part 2!  And some other little goodies!  So please check back.  Enjoy your Sunday!


About Classical Gaming

Steve Lakawicz holds an MM in Music Performance from Temple University as well as a BM in Tuba Performance from Rutgers University . His teachers include Paul Scott, Scott Mendoker, and Jay Krush. His love of video game music has lead him to form a blog, Classical Gaming, to promote discussion both casual and academic about the music of video games. He is the co-founder of the video game/nerd music chamber ensemble, Beta Test Music and regularly composes/performs chiptune music as Ap0c. He currently resides in Philadelphia where he teaches college statistics at Temple University. View all posts by Classical Gaming

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