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.
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.
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!