The newest Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, was recently released. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the franchise in North America. To celebrate these occasions, I’m dedicating the next several VGM Monday posts to Zelda, wherein I’ll be highlighting music from the franchise, starting from the older games onward. This week, I'm featuring music from A Link To The Past.
After the frustrating disappointment that was Zelda II on the NES, A Link to the Past on the Super NES proved to be a more worthy successor for the franchise and a much needed upgrade of it into the 16-bit era, with enhancements in gameplay, narrative, graphics, and especially music. While music in previous games were great, Link to the Past helped to better integrate it into both the overall gameplay and story, with special tracks for different areas and events such as boss battles.
My favorite track has to be for the Dark World. While the regular Hyrule overworld provides a sense of ambition and adventure, the Dark World theme contrasts that with a sense of sinister foreboding and danger. From the music alone, you can tell that the Dark World is much more dangerous that the regular overworld, thus warning you to be on your guard.
While I much prefer the Lorule remix in A Link Between Worlds, the original Dark World theme still remains impressive even to this day: