Author: Sean Gadus

Have you ever imagined what The Legend of Zelda would sound like if iconic guitarists like Jimmy Page and Brian May were performing the music for the series? Well, Helmarock: Zelda Metal Vol. II might give you some idea of how amazing it would sound! Helmarock: Zelda Metal Vol. II is an exciting new musical experience that translates some of The Legend of Zelda‘s most iconic songs into a rock and roll epic. Presented by Materia Collective, the album is…

Since its use as the Player/Menu Select theme in A Link To The Past, “Fairy Fountain” has become one of the most iconic and well-known Zelda songs. The song is so popular that it was even played live at The Game Awards by the band Imagine Dragons and Koji Kondo in 2014. Over time, the song has been covered countless times, with most of covers focusing on the serene sounds established by its original incarnation. This version by Michael Mac…

Twilight Princess is one of the largest and most sweeping adventures in The Legend of Zelda‘s diverse catalog, and its soundtrack is a key component of the game’s success. The game features arrangements of classic songs like “The Lost Woods”, “Zelda’s Theme”, and “Zora’s Domain”, which are coupled with thrilling and emotional news songs like “Hyrule Field”, “The Hidden Village” and “Midna’s Theme”. These different melodies and themes synchronize to create a diverse and iconic soundscape. This massive symphonic medley,…

Since the announcement of Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch earlier this year, the game been bathed in attention from the Zelda and video game community at large. This renewed interest has resulted in an increase in discussions, analysis, fan art, and musical covers. This “Ballad of the Windfish” cover by popular violinist Taylor Davis is one of the many wonderful covers to premiere since the Link’s Awakening announcement. This arrangement begins gently with a string introduction, before Davis’s violin cuts…

Last year, Japan was lucky enough to witness its own Zelda Concert series. This three-night symphonic event featured songs and medleys from a variety of Zelda games, with one of the biggest highlights being music from the massively successful Breath of the Wild. This thrilling video, released by Nintendo (on the eve of a CD release for the concert), highlights both the beautiful sights and sounds that Breath of the Wild contributed to the concert. In the video, the full orchestra…

The world of Zelda is truly its own character, an integral part of the experience. In each and every game, there are an abundant of breathtaking vistas and locations. For many Zelda fans, these locations often get stuck in their heads, reminding of the places we have visited in the real world and vice versa. With this in mind, what real life location remind you of locations within the Legend of Zelda series? While some us will not visit a volcano,…

“Zelda’s Lullaby”, also known as “Zelda’s Theme”, is one of the most beautiful songs in the Zelda franchise. The song, which is featured in a variety of games across the series, has become synonymous not only with The Legend of Zelda but also video games as a whole. This rich and layered arrangement by SuperTonic64 truly captures the spirit of the song. This symphonic rendition on the song includes lush instrumentation with the sounds of piano, strings, harp, and woodwinds creating a…

The recently announced Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch has been causing shock waves across the web, with a variety of Youtube channels and gaming sites examining the similarities and differences between the Game Boy classic and its 2019 remake. Even Nintendo itself has been throwing their hat into the ring, with Nintendo Minute publishing their own comparison of the two games on the official Nintendo Youtube channel. In the video, hosts Kit and Krysta compare Link’s Awakening DX (the Game…

Reggie Fils-Aimé, the well-known face of Nintendo in North America, is retiring. Announced in a press release by Nintendo and then confirmed in an official message from Reggie on Nintendo’s Twitter (embedded above), the long-time Nintendo of America president will be leaving his position on April 15th, 2019. Reggie, who has been with Nintendo for 15 years, released a statement through Nintendo’s PR saying: “Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever. It’s a part that is filled with gratitude —…

Music is an integral part of the Legend of Zelda experience. From the classic Overworld theme from the 1986 original, to Breath of the Wild‘s extensive five hour soundtrack, music has always been a key part of establishing the tone and mood for different moments in Zelda games. In this fascinating video, 8-bit Music Theory analyzes odd time signatures in video game music, including Ocarina of Time‘s iconic “Ganondorf Battle” by Koji Kondo (starting at 9:15 in the video).8-bit Music Theory does…