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Game music of the day: F-Zero

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Game: F-Zero

Song: Silence

Composer: Naoto Ishida, Yumiko Kametani

       
Above: Silence from F-Zero

Nintendo knew it could successfully launch the Super NES with little more than Super Mario World to back it up, but rather than rely on proven franchises, the company kicked off its 16-bit era with a handful of brand new ideas that would eventually become mainstays in their own right. Most notable would be the Mode-7 powered F-Zero, which dazzled us with screaming speed, rotating raceways and an immediately classic soundtrack that has more than stood the test of time.

Which song to choose, even? Just about everything's good, but for my money I'd go with Silence, a pretty little tune that starts off rather somber and picks up halfway through (dig that bass guitar!). Honestly not the best racing music, but inarguably beautiful when listened to on its own. That opening also makes a great ringtone.


Above: Port Town strikes a perfect balance between intense racing music and melody-driven game tunes


Above: Big Blue is one of the most frequently remixed tracks on the internet - with good reason


 


Above: Here's a piano-only version of Silence from OverClocked ReMix. Classy!

F-Zero remains one of my favorite franchises, and I'm still baffled why we haven't seen a new entry since 2004's GP Legend on GBA. No DS game, no Wii game, nothing. I didn't get the sense that F-Zero had become some kind of sales liability, and now that Wii/DS have online capabilities it seems like the perfect series to update - especially considering how utterly brilliant F-Zero GX was without online play. Take that winning formula to the web and you've got a furiously good time. 30 hovercraft blasting down rollercoaster tracks at 60 frames a second? God YES.


 

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Game music of the day: Super Meat Boy
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Game music of the day: Wave Race 64
Main title by Kazumi Totaka

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12 comments

  • elpurplemonkey - November 2, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    I'd prefer 3DS version of F-Zero rather than something on the Wii. How the hell is that not being made?
  • philipshaw - November 2, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    You do love your F-Zero Brett, I do too and like you don't get why there hasn't been a new game since 04
  • CanadianBeaverHunter - November 2, 2010 12:23 p.m.

    Love me some Big Blue.
  • Tenfey - November 2, 2010 1:58 a.m.

    Never played an F-Zero game, and now that I only know of Captain Falcon as a super punching bad-ass I never can.
  • CH3BURASHKA - November 2, 2010 1:17 a.m.

    I'm detecting a disappointing lack of Falcon ballads. Still love the music. I really got to get myself an emulator. And all dem games.
  • batmanboy11 - November 2, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    To quote Dom from Gears: "Shit yeah!"
  • Redeater - November 2, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    Wow music from the original F-Zero. God this music was fantastic to listen to as I constantly got my ass handed to me.
  • 510BrotherPanda - November 2, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    But you said it yourself on the podcast, Brett: Because Miyamoto wasn't all that enthused with the Gamecube versions, and because they weren't franchises he started, F-Zero and Star Fox weren't all that important compared to Mario and Link. I found F-Zero at a used store for $10-15 last year. The AI racers are tough...
  • Aeshir - November 2, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    FUCK YEAH F-GUERO
  • tomthespesh - November 1, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    Must dig out F-Zero GX now! Or my N64 and F-Zero X.
  • Strangleme - November 1, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    I meant this is fuckin' sweet!!
  • Strangleme - November 1, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    Oh yesss!!!! Thai is fuckin' sweet!! You're the man Brett!!!

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