Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is one of the most interesting games in the entire Zelda series. The sequel makes some ambitious changes to gameplay systems and combat seen in the original NES game. While The Adventure of Link introduced some key ideas like the Magic Meter and the iconic Dark Link, the game’s difficulty and limited lives system have made the game somewhat unattainable for many players trying to complete their video game bucket list.

Despite being somewhat underappreciated within the Zelda series, some of this game’s music has stayed popular due to its inclusion in the Super Smash Bros. series. “Temple” (also referred to as “Palace”) is one of the music tracks for the eponymous Super Smash Bros. Melee stage, and the song remains a popular Zelda tune. This 16 piece brass cover by The Game Brass is an exciting arrangement of the classic tune. The arrangement uses a variety of instruments like trumpet, trombone, tuba, french horn, and other brass instruments to create a rich and smooth sound.

In the description for this video, arranger Daniel Romberger explains that arranging NES songs is a great experience because “there is so much opportunity to add color”. Overall, this arrangement does a great job of pacing the song and keeping it engaging for a full four minutes. There are a variety of changes in tempo and volume that make the song feel far more dynamic than the original version on the NES or the version first seen in Super Smash Bros. Melee. 

What do you think this arrangement of “Temple” (or “Palace”) from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link?  Let us know from the comments below!

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