[Originally published on Nintendojo on September 4th 2012]
Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the Kakariko Village well for the last twenty five years, I think we can all agree that The Legend of Zelda features some of the most beloved music in all of video games. It’s such an integral part of the series that Nintendo even put on a worldwide symphony concert tour to celebrate Link and Zelda’s 25th Anniversary last year. Whether it’s that famous main fanfare or the tiny tunes of Link’s ocarina, you can always count on Koji Kondo and his team of composers to put a smile on your face.
But as with any franchise, there comes a time when simple appreciation just isn’t enough, and our insatiable need to rank things in order from one to ten rears its ugly, Dodongo-shaped head. We start compiling certain lists, knowingly igniting flame wars the world over, but we just can’t help ourselves. Just like Ganon can’t give up on the Triforce, so too do we continue our quest to take over the internet via rage-fuelled fan implosions, and today we’re tackling what’s quite possibly the most hotly contested subject outside of the Zelda timeline wars– its music.
Now I know you’re probably not going to agree with all of my choices (and that’s fine– that’s why we have comments, after all!), but I hope you enjoy my chosen tracks nonetheless. So before this turns into the Farewell Symphony, let’s count ourselves in.
And a 1, 2, 3, 4…