In celebration of the announcement of the new Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS, I thought we’d take a look at the Zelda themes from the past games. Mega Man and the Wii Fit Girl are new to the party, but Link and Zelda will always have a large spot in the Super Smash Bros series.
The new game will hopefully feature some great new takes on classic themes. Hit the jump to take a look at what Nintendo did for past games!
First up, from the original Super Smash Bros, a pumped up version of A Link to the Past’s Light World theme.
Next, Super Smash Bros Melee, with heavy brass and overall rich sound.
And the last like it, a more string enthusiastic main theme from Super Smash Bros Brawl.
All of these themes ultimately have their origins in the first Zelda title, and it’s amazing that those simple tunes have held up this long, and can foster so many different versions. I like to imagine that Koji Kondo, the composer, envisioned some these new thoughts on the main theme even though he originally composed for the NES (or Famicom). And, in addition to being great battle music, like in Super Smash Bros, the main theme is perfectly fitting for adventure.
The last bit of music I have for you is an Ocarina of Time medley, which was featured in Super Smash Bros Brawl. It’s set apart from most Zelda medleys because it’s designed for battle, so it’s more upbeat and intense.
The parts of the medley are as follows:
- Zelda’s Lullaby
- Sun’s Song
- Bolero of Fire
- Boss Battle Intro
- Song of Storms
- Epona’s Song and Lon Lon Ranch
- Saria’s Song and Lost Woods
I particularly like how the Sun’s Song was incorporated into Zelda’s Lullaby, and the themes are much more intertwined than in most medleys. The arrangement supervisor, Michiko Naruke, did a fantastic job with this piece.
What Zelda themes do you think the new Super Smash Bros will contain, and what themes are you hoping for? Also, should Nintendo add other Zelda characters, and if so, which ones? Let us know in the comments!