Posted on December 05 2018 by Sean Gadus
The Legend of Zelda has my favorite end credits sequences in video games and movies. Unlike most movies where I walk out a minute or two after the film is over, I always watch staff rolls in Zelda games right to the very end. Usually, these game’s credits/staff rolls include a new musical composition (or a combination of multiple themes arranged especially for the occasion) and the video/visual sequence take you on a trip through the different locations you have traveled throughout your long journey. These sequences can be incredibly emotional, as the player is saying goodbye to a world that they have spent hours exploring, along with the memorable friends and foes they have met along the way.
With this in mind, what game has your favorite end credits/staff role theme? There are an assortment of incredibly memorable themes, with many of them being upwards of 5-6 minutes long and include some of the game’s best tracks mixed in with brand new music created just for these finales.
It’s honestly hard to think of an end credits theme that doesn’t make me sniffle. While A Link To The Past, Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Skyward Sword all have unforgettable tunes to accompany their staff roll, the Twilight Princess’s staff roll is the one I gravitate to when thinking about this question. The theme (split into two parts by Midna’s goodbye) is over eleven minutes long. The track expertly straddles the line between being boisterous and epic, with intimate and touching musical moments that remind me of all the beautiful moments on my journey. It’s truly an incredible piece of music.
Spirit Tracks‘ ending theme is another great choice. The song captures the joy of Spirit Tracks, with a beautiful rendition of the Over World theme as the book end to your long journey.
Which of the end credits/staff rolls is your favorite or which one has left the most lasting impression on you? Let us know in the comments below!