Whenever someone first plays a Legend of Zelda game, he or she may be impressed with tons of things – the boomerang, the puzzles, the constant sword and shield. The fact that there are so many things just validates how amazing the franchise is. But wait, I forgot to tell what always fascinates me with Zelda – its music.
Over the years, the fans have heard Zelda’s theme over and over again in various formats and bitrates – that sound from the NES to the Wii. It goes without saying that the theme perfectly describes the adventure-ish feel of the game. Take for example Minish Cap. As Link was instructed by the King of Hyrule to go forth to find a way to defeat Vaati, that moment when you entered Hyrule field… that sound… you can feel as if everything was on your shoulders and there was an inkling feeling that you need to save the princess no matter what.
And doing that time and time again with every game is never tiring. Why? Because of the music that accompanies the setting – be it in the dungeon, or in Hyrule Field. I almost always max out the speaker every time I play a Legend of Zelda game. Because the music never gets tiring to listen to even though it is just a different arrangement of the theme.
And when you hear Princess Zelda’s Lullaby, there is always a heartfelt emotion that will always fill you, telling you that this princess is pure and needs saving, and you are the only one who can do that.
Perhaps, you also can’t even avoid music either in almost any Legend of Zelda game. Just like the Ocarina in Ocarina of Time or the Spirit Flute in Spirit Tracks, various musical instruments are always present in every game in the series and play a vital role in the stories. You either use them to do a number of things – to teleport, to beat a boss, to perform a task, the use of these instruments ranges from simple to complicated. One cannot simply avoid music in Zelda, you’ll be the one playing the songs most of the time!
If you are going to ask just how popular Zelda music is, just browse on YouTube and search for people playing Zelda music. Just ask the people who think Ocarina of Time has the best music in all of video games. Ask the hundreds, if not thousands of people that attended The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess Tour across North America, and those that are anticipating to attend it.
Koji Kondo, the Nintendo composer for the Legend of Zelda series may have had some wonderful thoughts right now about his music being performed with a symphony. We all give thanks to Shigeru Miyamoto for creating the franchise, but we should also give credit to Kondo-san for making the music and therefore bringing life to the Legend of Zelda series.
Just a quick note, we at Zelda Chronicles has a Zelda Music player on the lower right. You might want to check that out. I did while writing this post. And yes, I’m the new guy.