Video Game Music of the Week - 96


F-Zero (SNES)

VGM96

Tracks:
Big Blue, Port Town, Mute City, Ending Theme

Composer(s):
Yumiko Kanki
Naoto Ishida


F-Zero was a launch title for the Super Nintendo that helped showcase a new technique called ‘Mode 7 scrolling,’ a feature that was later used in many other SNES games, including, Super Mario Kart, Pilotwings, Chrono Trigger, and many more. There has not been a game in the series since 2004, with the series skipping the Nintendo DS and Wii.



Big Blue
Big Blue sums up the early era of
F-Zero quite perfectly. The iconic intro melody is completely reminiscent of the SNES launch period and its memorable chorus melody has all the action and speed that the game has come to be known for.





Port Town
Port Town begins with a mysterious intro filled with ominous chimes and a rapid beat. The horn-like melody then kicks in, playing yet another iconic F-Zero theme.





Mute City
Just when you thought that we were through with the iconic themes of F-Zero, here comes another tune just as memorable as the others. The original F-Zero had so much to offer musically and because of the games unique gameplay, which has yet to be truly replicated, it remains one of Nintendo’s most unique series’.





Ending Theme
F-Zero’s ending theme is a touch more light-hearted than some of the other themes in the game, but features many of the F-Zero sounds and musical stylings. The ending track is an upbeat and light-hearted theme that fits well with the other music in the game.







Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.
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