I don't know what Nintendo was thinking with most of this, but I know what I'm thinking. "Why, dear God, why?" This isn't quite as bad as Sega's compilation CD, but it's not much better. This CD simply *screams* low quality. The inlet in the front of the case flops around when you open it, the plastic creaks, the CD scratches easily.
I suppose I should stick to the music. Well, personally, I don't think much of this is worthy of a soundtrack. It would be okay if it were with some other stuff. The F-Zero tracks are okay, one of them in particular is excellent, very much my style. Actually, two or three of them are. The Yoshi's Island stuff isn't bad. I sort of like it. I found the Griffy music to be very bad. It sounds almost as bad as some of the stuff on Final Fantasy Mix. I mean, it's barely music. Then comes the Zelda music. This, of course, is superb, but the recording quality is kinda bad. I mean, I made a better Zelda 3 sound track on my portable tape deck. They didn't really select the best music from each game, either. The Metroid music is all very good, and the recording quality seems acceptable. The Star Fox music is mostly sterling quality, although it screams Star Wars wannabe.
In retrospect, this CD is actually okay. All the Japanese music on it is good, but the American stuff (Griffy) stinks. The selection wasn't the best, another little Nintendo of America trait. If you like the music in at least, oh, three of the games on this CD, get it, but don't get it *just* for Metroid or Zelda. What's there is good, but if you ditch the crap this gets to be a short CD. Nintendo, why didn't you hire an orchestra with some talent and orchestrate the Metroid, F-Zero, Zelda and Star Fox music? *Then* it would be grand.