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Friday, September 26, 2014

Favorite Tunes #98: It's Dangerous to Go Alone

Well, the wait is over and Hyrule Warriors is out. I'd love to sing the praises of Zelda meets Dynasty Warriors but after bills, I'm outta moola so, I've gotta wait until I can get some more green to afford it. In the mean time, here's a selection of Zelda tracks to celebrate the latest game where the main character never gets top billing.

Opening Demo - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)

After Zelda II's side scrolling antics and brutal difficulty (ironically now fans whine that Zelda games are too easy), the third Zelda title returned the series to the overhead style of play but with a 16-bit paint job via the SNES! Princesses being held prisoner, an evil wizard about to leash unspeakable evils upon the world? That sounds like a good way to sum up the game's opening, but for an added touch of enthrallment, throw in Koji Kondo's masterful composition skills.

Sword Search - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (GB)

The first game in the series where Zelda never makes an appearance. And Link gets his name in the subtitle a second time! Link's first portable adventure tends to be the oddball of the series, much like Super Mario Bros. 2 gets it's black sheep status for being so different. But just like the aforementioned game, the differences in Link's Awakening are a large part of why those that have played it love it so much. Wart makes a cameo, a Chain Chomp dog helps assists you. Heck, there's even a Yoshi doll! It also has one of the most bitter sweet endings in the entire series history. Don't expect me to spoil it for you.

Spirit Temple - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64, 3DS)

This is often hailed as the greatest game of all-time. Whether you think such a claim is deserved or overrated is entirely up to you. I firmly believe Ocarina of time is a fine game but by no means the very best the medium has to offer. The soundtrack of this game still gives me chills. There are jovial themes for when you enter lively towns, forbodding music for those puzzle filled dungeons and atmospheric tracks such as this one. If only I had picked up the game and registered it back when the 3DS version released, I'd have my own soundtrack to this game.

Lorule Castle - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

Fans have been clamoring for a Zelda game in the vein of Link to the Past for decades. From my understanding, A Link Between Worlds is the game they've waited (im)patiently for. It has an overhead view just like Link to the Past but has a deep wall merging mechanic that greatly enhances the gameplay. It can also be played in a non linear fashion just like the original Legend of Zelda. All of this is a rich soundtrack as the cherry on top.

Kakariko Village - Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

I've heard several soundtracks from the Dynsasty Warriors series, which, despite the setting, uses lots of rock music. So I'm not too surprised to find that a great deal of the music in Hyrule Warriors also fits that same genre, though I do think this is certainly going to miff more than a few fans. But since this is a spin-off game, why not opt for a different style of music? And when it sounds this good, who cares if it strays from the norm?

Main Theme (Classic) - Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

What would the Zelda series be without this iconic tune? Had it not been for a copyright issue, Koji Kondo would never have composed this baby and a vital piece of the Zelda mythos might not even have existed. And he wrote the song in a day! This version in Hyrule Warriors sounds orchestral, but you can clearly hear some 8-bit tunes in there, a nice nod to the series NES roots along with Zelda's theme.

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