All these top 10 music lists made me remember what awesome songs we have on N64. So I came up with a list of 10 N64 games with music I think is awesome.
This was not an easy list to create, and I could have picked a bunch of other songs from these 10 N64 games, but I've narrowed it down to this while still giving a huge nod to tracks that aren't on the list. So I actually cheated a little bit.
Also, I created the list based on the songs in that game rather than any specific song, though I did pick one track from each game for the embed, a track that I particularly liked.
Few games in my life have had the same impact as playing SM64 for the first time. And the first time I heard this song while jumping into a vast pool of fresh blue water, exploring at will... it's overwhelming.
I think the N64 gets more appreciation than it deserves sometimes. Its old enough to be nostalgic, but new enough to be fresh in people's minds. I think the Gamecube will have a similar treatment in a few years.
Last generation, I distinctly remember a huge wave of SNES love. So much love it bordered on lust, and became an SNES gangbang. Or something.
hee hee, my comment above wasn't for any unnecessary love for the N64 - it was kind of an "inside joke" between me and Guillaume. He used a similar line when he thought I was hatin' on the Wii. (which I wasn't) I wasn't serious about my post above, just a joke.
And since we're on the subject, I liked the N64 fine. I don't know if I really *loved* it though. I think it ranks rather low on my list of favorite Nintendo consoles, honestly. heh, I guess now I'M hatin' on N64, lol!
Yeah, StarFox 64 had a janky soundtrack. Some of the songs were pretty good (like Zoness and Star Fox) but the sound samples were so "my first Casio" that I couldn't enjoy it much.
Especially compared to the awesome music of the first game! Check out the heroic space odyssey feel of the first game's main theme then listen to the comparatively unexciting and vaguely repetitive StarFox 64 theme that's stuck ever since for some bizarre reason. Even the sound samples are better on the SNES!
The N64's best music was in Banjo-Kazooie. That game made my ears so happy... :)
Enjoying the list and everyone's comments. Good thread, Roy. Dig the Kirby music, especially.
Personally, I was out of gaming back in the 64 days. Fresh in college. Making moves. Doing other stuff. So it's always interesting to hear from some of you guys a few years younger than me who have strong nostalgic feelings about the N64. I don't share the feelings, but I think I understand. (Looks lovingly at his sputtering old SEGA Genesis.)
I'd definitely put Banjo-Kazooie at number one. Unlike Mario, it had unique, memorable tracks for each individual level, and did more with dynamic music (like when swimming for instance). It didn't do anything over the top with the synth (it didn't try to be an orchestral score, for instance, and show the downfalls of the N64's sound). Just a great, memorable soundtrack, with a lot of touching pieces.