Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, February 29, 2016

VGM Monday: Zant Boss Battle

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Remake will be released later this week. So what better way to commemorate the occasion than by sharing some Twilight Princess music for this week's VGM Monday?

The game had some awesome boss battles, and some equally awesome music. So obviously this week’s feature would be some awesome boss battle music from my favorite boss battle—that being the final battle against the main antagonist, Zant.

Throughout the game, Zant comes across as a dark, foreboding villain; however, upon your final confrontation with him, his air of enigmatic mystery is quickly cast off, as he reveals himself to have more than a few screws loose. Zant, for lack of a better term, is a mental basket case, and both his boss battle and battle music reveals that.

His insanity becomes unleashed at full force during his final boss battle, which is a boss rush of previous boss battle scenarios, with him playing the role of the previous bosses. With each boss battle scenario, the music becomes more and more demented, reflecting Zant’s quickly deteriorating mental state until the very last act, where both he and the music goes completely unhinged.

Zant’s boss battle music is split into six different segments, one for each of the five boss battle scenarios. As each boss battle scenario becomes more hectic, and Zant in turn becomes more unhinged, the music perfectly reflects the chaotic dissonance of the overall atmosphere. As far as video game music is concerned, I can’t think of a better example of “organized chaos.”

My favorite has to be the fourth and fifth installment, with Zant acting the part of the jungle monkey and the snow yeti respectively. Both of these musical segments both encapsulate Zant’s eccentric nature, as he leaps from totem to totem like a deranged ape in the fourth scenario, and later grows to ginormous proportions, only to be knocked down a peg and shrink to the size of the mouse in the fifth.