Friday, February 9, 2024

Zelda Orchestra Concert (Nintendo Live 2024)

Zelda Orchestra Concert logo

Today Nintendo has released a recording of the Zelda concert that was planned for Nintendo Live 2024 TOKYO, but had to be cancelled due to threats. So, this was without an audience, but still something for the world to enjoy.

It was very beautiful, I had one or two tears in my eyes at some point, especially around the Link's Awakening and Breath of the Wild parts, where I really would love to get the chance to attend such a concert in person again some day. But the Symphony of the Goddesses is no more...

Now, the concert lasted roughly 30 minutes and felt a bit one-sided, so the variety of Zelda titles featured was even less than I had expected. Here's the full program:

  1. Tears of the Kingdom: Main Theme (Reprise)
  2. The Ballad of the Goddess
  3. Zelda's Lullaby
  4. Link's Awakening Medley 2024
  5. Breath of the Wild: Main Theme
  6. Hyrule Castle
  7. Breath of the Wild: 2017 Nintendo Switch Presentation Trailer
  8. Ocarina of Time: Kakariko Village
  9. The Legend of Zelda Main Theme

The focus on the new games wasn't all that surprising and having the Nintendo Switch Presentation Trailer music in there was an absolute treat. That will always be one of my favorite pieces of music and it was great to see an orchestra performing it.

But with the rest it was very clear that they've restricted themselves to the games that are playable on the Nintendo Switch and where Nintendo has the music rights to them (so nothing from the Capcom Zelda games). With Link's Awakening they've used footage from the DX version and the remake, which are both playable on the Nintendo Switch. But with Ocarina of Time they only used the N64 original for the footage, and nothing from the 3DS remake, while games like The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess weren't featured at all.

Of course you can't have everything in just 30 minutes, but seeing A Link to the Past four times over felt a bit repetitive. And even with these restrictions they could have at least also put something from Majora's Mask in there, where for example the Termina Field music would have been a great addition to the "main theme" portion.

But I don't want to complain too much, because it was a lovely show and I was very entertained. I wouldn't mind getting something like this every year as what's basically a The Legend of Zelda new year concert.

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