Track of the Week: Main Theme (Star Fox Assault)

A familiar piece gets an orchestral update in this week’s track!

By Marc Deschamps. Posted 08/10/2014 16:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

This week, Nintendojo is taking a look back at games that went wrong. Every gamer out there knows what it’s like to get excited for a game, only to discover that the end result doesn’t quite live up to what was expected. We’re kicking off this week’s theme with a track from Star Fox Assault, one of two GameCube games in the Star Fox franchise that could probably fall into that particular category! In 2005, Nintendo and Namco attempted to combine the beloved gameplay of Star Fox 64 with new on-foot segments. While those segments provided the game some added variety, they lacked the amount of polish and fun that fans were looking for, and Star Fox Assault‘s critical reception reflected that. As a result, the game exists as little more than a footnote in the legacy of the Star Fox franchise.

One aspect of Star Fox Assault that wasn’t lacking, however, was the game’s rousing soundtrack. The title featured brand new tracks and remixes of familiar favorites, and the results simply speak for themselves. For this week’s track, we’ve selected the game’s Main Theme, simply because it’s such a powerful recreation of one of the most familiar songs in the franchise. Composers Yoshie Arakawa and Yoshinori Kawamoto, along with the Tokyo New City Orchestra, provided the game with beautiful compositions that managed to surpass every previous title in the franchise. We selected just one track from the game, but it simply cannot be stated enough how strong the rest of Star Fox Assault‘s soundtrack is.

Perhaps one of the most exciting pieces of news to come out of this year’s E3 is the fact that the Star Fox team will appear in a brand-new title on Wii U. One can only hope that the title will sound anywhere near as epic in scope as Star Fox Assault did. Let’s hope that the gameplay is a little more like Star Fox 64, though.

What are some titles that you felt were games that went wrong? Let us know in the comments below!

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