This weekend saw the release of the newest Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the franchise in North America. To celebrate these occasions, I’m going to be dedicating the next several VGM Monday posts to Zelda. For the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting music from the Zelda franchise, starting from the older games onward.
So what better way to start off this new series than with the very first score from the very first Zelda game? What exactly is there to say about the Zelda overworld theme? It’s one of the most iconic video game scores, second only to the Mario theme. When you think of Zelda, you think of this music.
And why not? It’s simple yet epic, the type of music that gets you pumped up and ready to go on a grand adventure. The only other fantasy adventure theme that I can think of that’s more fitting for a would be the Lord of the Rings theme—and even then, you could make the argument that you could replace the music from that movie with the Zelda theme and it would work just as well, if not better. (In fact, someone seemed to have done exactly that. Twice!)
Such an epic video game score deserves an even more epic performance. So here’s the music as conducted by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in the style of John Williams: