Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Zelda Orchestra Concert Announced

Today Nintendo has announced via Twitter that they are going to release an orchestra concert for The Legend of Zelda on Friday, February 9th, where we will be able to watch the pre-recorded concert on Youtube. Well, that's certainly cheaper than visiting a live symphony, but I also wouldn't mind if something like the Symphony of the Goddesses were to return at some point.

This is giving me 25th Anniversary vibes in any case, because the corners of the artwork use the same design as the special 25th Anniversary Edition of the Nintendo 3DS, which was released together with Ocarina of Time 3D in 2011. This artwork was also used for the 30th Anniversary Concert album, which has been available in Japan in 2016, where this might be related.

We don't have a major anniversary coming up before 2026, however, where they may have simply updated their program with music from Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom, as a bit of advertisement. I'm not expecting much here, other than some lovely entertainment, but there is also the slight chance that this may tie into some upcoming announcement...

After February 9th the next Nintendo Direct should be just around the corner, maybe it's even the day before. And if we're getting some remake or remaster for the Zelda series this year, then that's where we will learn about it. This Zelda Orchestra Concert then could be the perfect opportunity to feature some music from the upcoming release, to get us in the mood.

I'm personally hoping for a remake of the Oracle games and a big question always has been how they will handle the music there, because music rights are somewhat complicated in Japan. It's probably part of the reason why the Capcom Zelda games never got featured at the Symphony of the Goddesses and similar concerts. But maybe the remake could be getting new music to make it happen and this is where we will first get to hear some of it... It's wishful thinking, I know, but I'm looking forward to it in any case.

Update: this concert was originally supposed to be part of Nintendo Live 2024 TOKYO, an event scheduled for the last weekend, which had to be cancelled because of some threats (source). So, this pre-recorded concert, where there will be also one for Splatoon, is simply a replacement. With that in mind, I wouldn't expect it to feature anything that is currently unannounced, of course.

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