Game music of the day: Star Fox

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May 24, 2010

Game: Star Fox

Song: Ending theme

Composer: Hajime Hirasawa

Above: Ending theme from Star Fox

Everyone knows the Mario and Zelda themes by now. Hell they're practically part of mainstream pop culture, so easily recognizable that even someone who's barely played games in the last 10 years could pick them out. But for all their greatness, I truly feel like Star Fox has the best theme of any Nintendo game, one that sounds truly epic and deserving of a full John Williams-style movie treatment.

This particular track plays over the credits of the SNES original. It's essentially a three minute callback to the game's overarching theme, a tune you hear in the menu screen and during the level select, plus at various points throughout the missions themselves. It's one of the first pieces of game music that I felt was really striving for a cinematic feel instead of "video game music," a trait echoed in all the other songs in this first Star Fox. They sound less like Nintendo and more like Star Wars.

Case in point, this track from the Space Armada level, where you're attacking a massive invading fleet of ships. You fly above, below and even inside these hulking space craft while this intense barrage of drums beats down your throat. It's a feeling that even the superior N64 game couldn't replicate.

Above: The music has aged better than the game

It's strange how we're nearly four years into Wii's life cycle and still haven't heard a peep about a new Star Fox game, even when it's a series made popular by dogfights and air-to-ground action. Seems like motion controls could actually work in this case. Maybe we'll hear something at E3 2010?

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  • hatebreeder - May 25, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    Ah hell yes, This is almost the only game music I remember from the snes seeing as I didn't have one. Played this in a buddies and it always stuck with me. Nice work Brett.
  • fearunknown - May 25, 2010 12:05 a.m.

    Do a barrel roll fox!
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  • Cyberninja - May 25, 2010 12:12 a.m.

    all i need to know is can you do a barrel roll?
  • ssj4raditz - May 25, 2010 12:21 a.m.

    Mmm... sweet.
  • FlikNightshade - May 25, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    I honestly expected more barrel roll comments than this. The internet is asleep at the wheel today apparently. Regardless, I have the first stage of Star Fox stuck in my head.
  • lovinmyps3 - May 25, 2010 12:29 a.m.

    Star Fox 64 is the only one I played. That's some pretty cool music though!
  • RonaldRayGun - May 25, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    Great pick Brett. This song is so good. Personally, I associate it more with smash brothers than starfox, but that's just because I've played fox's stage to death. Anyway, I still love the song.
  • goochbiscuit - May 25, 2010 12:38 a.m.

    This music is awesome! I've only played Star Fox 64, so sadly I missed out on this one. At least I can still enjoy the music, so thanks Brett.
  • Ratsor - May 25, 2010 12:38 a.m.

    I like you. I like this. I like what you are doing here.
  • Modroneman - May 25, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    I hear music too. I tried to taste it, but it was not to be.
  • Imgema - May 25, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    The original Starfox beats the rest as far as music goes. Its so sad that the composer stopped working for videogames. Koji Kondo did a fine job with Starfox64 but the other composers didn't do such a good job with the newer Starfox games. If there's a Starfox game in the works, please recruit Koji Kondo again Nintendo!
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 25, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    Never having played it, it invokes nostalgia within me, the sort of which you cannot grasp. It reminds me of simpler times... Also, barrel roll.
  • Grif - May 25, 2010 12:57 a.m.

    I do like the Starfox theme, but I have never played the game so I think I'm missing some of the importance of it.
  • Tenfey - May 25, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    I remember way back before Star Fox 64 came out, and friend of mine got a CD containing music from supposed future N64 games. Star Fox 64 was featured on this disk, and it contained the most balling version of the Corneria music ever. Flash forward to when I actually get Star Fox 64, and the first time I play the Corneria stage. I was so disheartened to not hear said music. Almost made me stop playing (luckily I didn't since Star Fox 64 is among the best 64 games ever).
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - May 25, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    ^ I have the very CD you are referring to! Yeah that Corneria track was never used, nor was the next song (Black Hole). Oddly that Corneria track also has a strange one second of dead air. Never understood that.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - May 25, 2010 1:49 a.m.

    Ah, Starfox... remember playing it on my friend's 64, got it for the VC later. Contrary to popular opinion, Assault was awesome too.
  • squidhead442 - May 25, 2010 3:23 a.m.

    Dang, this is seriously good stuff. It sounds too good for SNES almost. And, you're right...why no Star Fox Wii game yet!?
  • Pyroco101 - May 25, 2010 3:35 a.m.

    Star Fox should be Nintendo's patron arcade-y shooter with Gears-style ground battles by now

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