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Game music of the day: Wave Race 64

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Game: Wave Race 64

Song: Kazumi Totaka

Composer: Main Title

       
Above: Main Title from Wave Race 64

Few soundtracks are as relentlessly peppy as Wave Race 64. From its excitable opening to the '80s movie montage-esque credit tune, the game overflows with positive energy. Why not take a break from your day and dive on in?

I could have picked nearly any song from Wave Race 64, but nothing tops that energetic intro tune. Seeing those (at the time) dazzling water effects while this supercharged track played underneath was a magical fanboy experience, something we could run to the playground and hold over the newly forming PlayStation loyalists. Granted, the guitars are borderline grating, but the underlying melody and overall feel overcome the lack of CD-quality sound.


Above: Dolphin Park keeps the vibe flowing! Makes me want to cruise away from all my troubles on a Jet Ski made of church organs


Above: Marine Fortress is about as gritty as the game gets, and even it's still pretty slick

If I remember correctly, Wave Race 64 was the third game released for the N64 in the US. That fact sticks out in my mind not because of my usually freakish calendar brain, but because the first two games were out on launch day in September 1996, and Wave Race didn't arrive until November. Almost two full months on the shelves with just two games! Sure, one of them was Super Mario 64, but that's just bad business no matter how you look at it.

Composer Kazumi Totaka is known for hiding his "Totaka's Song" in just about every game he works on, but somehow Wave Race 64 missed out on this fun little bonus. However, considering how well the song is hidden, it could still be in there and no one's found it yet.


Above: How do people figure this kind of stuff out?

 

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12 comments

  • Hurricrane - October 20, 2010 2:47 p.m.

    I actually had forgotten about this music, it'd be awesome to have a faster version of that in a new Wave Race
  • philipshaw - October 20, 2010 10:53 a.m.

    I remember this game but not the music but when I started listening to the tracks it all came back, such a upbeat sound
  • tomthespesh - October 20, 2010 10:39 a.m.

    I haven't played it in nigh on 10 years but as soon as it opened I knew the song off by heart and love it. More N64 music please I loves it!
  • kit07 - October 20, 2010 3:31 a.m.

    Dead GR Please fix the spamming. onto waverace 64 yea i loved the game way back in the day. something tells me it hasnt aged well tho
  • goochbiscuit - October 20, 2010 3:24 a.m.

    Taking time on my honeymoon to comment on this and say YES. Oh how I loved this game, and still do. A very good N64 soundtrack as well.
  • shyfonzie - October 20, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    I liked the bit on Totoka's Song
  • TeaserTuesday - October 20, 2010 12:52 a.m.

    Yes! Waverace had my favorite soundtrack out of all my N64 games.
  • Crabhand - October 19, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    Oh man, it's been years since I played Wave Race 64, and yet I could still follow each song with perfect timing. I'm very fortunate my parents happened to buy this when we got our Nintendo 64 back in 1996 (as if there were many options =P). Damn captcha wasn't showing up, had to reload the page like 6 times :(
  • NdIGiTy - October 19, 2010 10:47 p.m.

    Ah, refreshing. There's a pretty good remix on OCR, too: http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01988/
  • G0D - October 19, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    Excellent. Would make a perfect end montage-song to any movie
  • batmanboy11 - October 19, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    YES!
  • fatdog12300 - October 19, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    ooh! A turbo!

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