Sometimes, all you want to do at the end of the day is go back to a time when you had no commitments, responsibilities, or anal retentive professors breathing down your neck (Grrr). For me, this usually means dusting off the ole gaming systems and going back in time to the early 90's when I was just a kid. Mom listened to me plead for an SNES or Sega System but only had enough money to buy a used NES and a few of the classics. I was disappointed at the time, but now I make sure to thank her whenever I remember how much geek cred owning one has gotten me. I'll give you a hint: It's a LOT of 'cred'.

As I was saying, the moment I slide that cartridge into the slot I'm 7 years old again and saving Princess Zelda or getting pissed off that Princess Peach is in another castle. But what brings me back more than the familiar story or gameplay is the music that accompanied the game. When compared to the music you hear in modern games it might not sound like much, but not only has it become legendary within the gaming community, it's become an iconic part of pop culture. Play the Super Mario theme for literally anyone and they'll tell you what it is at the drop of a hat or say 'That's the song about that plumber dude, right?'
Picture
Mario aka 'Plumber Dude'
It would seem that the composers realized how much of an important their work has been to gamers because the familiar themes have never really gone away. Over the years we've seen many new versions of the 'ground zero' games and while the soundtrack has been packed with new content, the melodies we've come to know and love keep coming back and sound better each and every time.

Here's the thing, out of all of the games that qualify I would have to choose the Zelda series as my top soundtrack. It's a super hard decision, but to me Zelda stands apart because it has evolved in such a way that it's become an entity standing apart from the game. This is especially apparent when you listen to the 25th Anniversary Special Orchestra CD. For the fan who's played every game in the series it evokes all the images and memories of their experiences, but for the casual bystander it may be the soundtrack to a film or an industrious television show. Some pieces may have even been written by classical composers, who are they to know? The songs convey the whimsy, adventure, and magic that the Zelda series is all about.
Picture
Cover
For the especially nerdy fans (aka Me) there's even more to appreciate about each new soundtrack hiding just below the surface.

In The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (one of my all-time favorites), we explore an alternate timeline in the Zelda universe where after the events of the classic installment 'Ocarina of Time' the Gods have saved the world from evil by flooding everything so that there are now nothing but islands everywhere. When you sail across the vast seas instead of riding across plains or fields, like you would have in previous titles, you get a particular 'Pirates of the Caribbean' feel to the adventures and the music reflects this. But amongst the new and beautiful compositions you can hear little nods to the original games and locations featured in them.

In Wind Waker, Outset Island is the home of the hero of the story (An incarnation of Link) and if you listen closely to it's musical theme there's a small part where a wind instrument plays the theme from the Kokiri Village which is the home of the hero featured in 'Ocarina of Time'. This subconsciously gives players who are familiar with the franchise an emotional tie to the island! In fact, Wind Waker's soundtrack is loaded with remixes and new renditions of the music of its' predecessors. This clever move by the composer and developers reels the Zelda fans in by their nostalgia nerve (That's a thing, right?) all while delivering an exceptional game that definitely deserves it's spot in Zelda lore.
Picture
It's just so freaking beautiful!!! Gah!
Something similar happens in one of the more recent Zelda games, 'Skyward Sword'. Now in Skyward Sword we're in what is believed to be the prequel of sorts to the Zelda franchise. But all you really need to know is that the dynamic of Link and Zelda's relationship is much different. To me there's always been something separating them emotionally, but in SS they have always been good friends and you can really sense that they care deeply about each other, maybe they're even in love.

Now this game has gotten lots of criticism for how the motion controls operate and general complaints about gameplay, but I happened to enjoy it. *Ducks flying tomatoes. Yes it has problems, but the story touched me in a way that I wasn't expecting. Zelda is captured (Of course) and Link goes to save her (Of course) but both of them go on a simultaneous journey to realize what they are destined to become and achieve. For Zelda this is to go into a deep sleep to keep evil locked away, something that breaks her and Link's hearts but she does it to keep the world safe. Link finds that there is another way to keep evil sealed away by getting the Triforce (Of course), thereby awakening Zelda from her sleep to be reunited with Link. The whole thing is quite touching and uplifting, really.

So, in nearly every existing Zelda game we've heard the track 'Zelda's Lullaby' played at least once. Ask any fan and they'd tell you it's become a staple of the franchise. This song can be heard again when she goes into her deep sleep, fitting right? Now, the main theme of Skyward Sword is called 'Ballad Of the Goddess' and it can be heard throughout the story, most notably when we first meet Zelda in the end credits after Zelda wakes up. If this theme sounds vaguely familiar to any Zelda fan that's because it is the melody of 'Zelda's Lullaby' backwards. So when she goes to sleep the 'Lullaby' plays but when she awakens we get 'Ballad'. Get it?
Picture
Yeah, I just blew your mind, right?
It's apparent that The Legend of Zelda franchise has a rich lore all it's own and I truly believe at least half of it is rooted in the music. The developers understand how instrumental it can be in keeping their faithful fans coming back for more of the epic story of The Hero all the while enticing newcomers to the franchise. You can almost see the story unfold as you listen to the soundtrack and that's a true mark of a talented composer.

If you're a fan of the games, chances are you've probably bought at least one album already, if not then you need to remedy that fact ASAP. If you're not a fan but enjoy instrumental music that kickstarts your imagination, I'd recommend buying one of the soundtracks, in particular the 25th Anniversary.

What are your favorite nostalgic game soundtracks? Think I made the right choice? Tell me in the comments below!
 


Comments

12/14/2015 10:23am

Zelda and Heroes of MM 3 is my favorite !

Reply
05/16/2017 4:13am

Nuvega Lash but in case you employ immoderate make up, you're certain to seem Nuvega Lash like a statue or a model standing tall in a showroom. in case you do Nuvega Lash no longer need to be all protected under layers of make up it's Nuvega Lash miles sensible to move in for the natural Nuvega Lash appearance as a substitute.

http://guidemesupplements.com/nuvega-lash/

Reply
01/31/2016 6:01am

Thanks for sharing "The Legend of Zelda" volume 2, we knew that nerdy sound tracks are always provide out class games with latest music as well. Find more about this through to quality written post.

Reply
05/17/2017 4:56am

Endurance Test X studies shows that it takes among 7-10 exposures for a Endurance Test X prospect to make a buy. because of this the affiliate marketer sending Endurance Test X site visitors to a website and hoping for a tourist to buy first Endurance Test X time round can be looking forward to too much.Endurance Test X so what's the answer the answer.

http://t-rexmuscleadvice.com/endurance-test-x/

Reply
06/23/2016 7:50am

I love soundtracks to Dark Souls. Dark ambient rule))

Reply
06/29/2016 11:22pm

Zelda is one of the most interesting and special videos games that i always enjoy to have fun. But i think mostly players need new version of this game to enjoy well because this version is old and we are getting bore now.

Reply
05/18/2017 3:50am

Bio Rocket Blast lyriana is a female $ex improving line of product most women Bio Rocket Blast are speak me approximately now. from women who have revel in Bio Rocket Blast alleviation from their intercourse issues they have expressed their Bio Rocket Blast gratitude and advocate the product Bio Rocket Blast to ladies who suffered.

http://www.healthsupreviews.com/bio-rocket-blast/

Reply
11/29/2016 10:57am

When you buy a sport at Gamestop and the cost tag said NEW, are you expected to get a new and not opened box or do they put a hard drive in the box that is on display?

Reply
02/28/2017 3:58am

Usually you can see and observe that the commitments are much important in the human being life. It deals with the best and high projections of the same ways. Some time you have gotten no commitments, responsibilities ladder on.

Reply
05/19/2017 3:42am

NO2 Core to making sure your muscles may be built robust and wholesome.NO2 Core moreover given their low calorie exceedingly useful homes greens NO2 Core can also be a splendid manner to pinnacle up in case your NO2 Core hungry and to help you shed pounds over NO2 Core the course of.

http://guidemesupplements.com/no2-core/

Reply

Pretty good post! I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

Reply
05/22/2017 1:22am

Epic Male Enhancement which allows a person enhancement as rapid as possible Epic Male Enhancement for long term. however general levitra can be a exceptional enhancement drug of them.Epic Male Enhancement in recent times whilst every man consume enhancement pills due to the fact Epic Male Enhancement he does no longer feel self belief.

http://www.healthsupreviews.com/epic-male-enhancement/

Reply
05/23/2017 2:43am

Bio Rocket Blast whilst a small level of dht is all proper and even wished when Bio Rocket Blast we re younger an excessive amount of whilst we become older can be Bio Rocket Blast a horrific component.dht makes it s manner via the body to Bio Rocket Blast the scalp in which it binds with hair follicles. Bio Rocket Blast at the beginning the facet results.

http://guidemesupplements.com/bio-rocket-blast/

Reply
05/24/2017 3:17am

Bio Rocket Blast currently the united states educational gadget is still seeking Bio Rocket Blast to re define itself in the new management and the post Bio Rocket Blast no toddler left at the back of regime wherein many children Bio Rocket Blast were nevertheless left in the back of. Bio Rocket Blast black male teachers can play a vital function in bringing.

http://t-rexmuscleadvice.com/bio-rocket-blast/

Reply
05/26/2017 3:04am

Right Pick Muscle whilst looking to construct muscle tone. having proper solid Right Pick Muscle muscle groups is the first step. now you need to put your muscle Right Pick Muscle groups on display you want to discover them from your frame fats. Right Pick Muscle the common individual has to twenty-five Right Pick Muscle body fat overlaying their muscle.

http://www.healthsupreviews.com/right-pick-muscle/

Reply
05/27/2017 3:23am

Power Boost XI building muscular tissues is depending on exercising Power Boost XI selection and repetitions because this is dictating how correctly Power Boost XI you are signaling your muscle mass to develop. but once Power Boost XI you done that it is all about reaction.response entirely Power Boost XI depends on right nutrients.

http://guidemesupplements.com/power-boost-xi/

Reply
05/29/2017 12:29am

Bio Rocket Blast the problems related to taking weight loss tablets to lose weight Bio Rocket Blast certainly are numerous. sadly many people do not comprehend Bio Rocket Blast the issues with weight reduction tablets so this text will point out Bio Rocket Blast the dangers that will help you decide Bio Rocket Blast what's right for you.

http://jackedmuscleextremeadvice.com/bio-rocket-blast/

Reply
05/30/2017 2:24am

Enduro Force to their workout applications.males are better capable of recognition Enduro Force on frame building due to their herbal constitutions. their muscle Enduro Force mass are simply waiting to be labored to the factor of toned as opposed to females. Enduro Force that no longer to mention that ladies aren't able.

http://t-rexmuscleadvice.com/enduro-force/

Reply
05/31/2017 2:52am

Bio Rocket Blast that ladies in top function help them to govern the very robust Bio Rocket Blast choice to ejaculate. this function is dramatically tested too Bio Rocket Blast it allows to reduce the sensitivity of penis evidently.Bio Rocket Blast masturbating earlier than $exual intercourse is a great Bio Rocket Blast manner to control untimely ejaculation.

http://glycematefacts.com/bio-rocket-blast/

Reply
06/01/2017 1:00am

Elevate IGF then you ought to exercising with 80 kilograms.it's far essential to Elevate IGF devour proteins right away after your exercises. that is one of Elevate IGF the biggest muscle constructing secrets. Elevate IGF throughout each exercising session your muscle tissue receives broken Elevate IGF and it needs protein to recover.

http://www.healthsupreviews.com/elevate-igf/

Reply
06/02/2017 11:42pm

Elevate IGF also probable show to be advanced in long term muscle advantage Elevate IGF because of a reduced damage danger and a primary cause Elevate IGF why bodybuilders are unable to attain their muscle constructing genetic Elevate IGF limits is because of joint and muscular tissues ache.

http://jackedmuscleextremeadvice.com/elevate-igf/

Reply



Leave a Reply