October 8, 2013
Gaming in Stereo: Tribute to The Wind Waker
It has been 10 years since the original release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. This past weekend saw the physical release of the The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, which has been available for download since September 20th. Almost being 30, I can still remember the hate the title received when its cel shaded visuals were released to the world. During Nintendo’s 2000 Space World event, they showed off a more “mature” Zelda demo, and everyone’s hope for a mature Zelda on the GameCube was justified. Then one year later, Nintendo crushed that hope with a cel shading, a younger Link, and a completely different direction. Though the hate was strong, Nintendo persevered and delivered one of the best, and most endearing Zelda titles of all time. I got my physical copy this past weekend, and have been loving every moment, including the sailing. The three songs that I have picked for your listening pleasure, have some reoccurring theme’s; but they pull together the feel of the title in their own ways. Though Gannon has returned and Hyrule, now rest at the bottom of the Great Sea, the game has plenty of moments that either want to make you laugh or tear up with joy. Though I typically prefer the more “mature” Zelda title, Wind Waker has a special place in my heart; making me feel for the world, the characters, and not having that impending doom hanging over my head. Coming off Ocarina of Time, I never played Majora’s Mask (sorry), there was a dark cloud over my Hyrule experience. In OoT, you play as young Link, but he is forced into a dark world and grows up too fast in this impending world to really appreciate that youth, Wind Waker fixed that issue. Wind Waker’s colorful cel shading, charm, and fantastic score capture that essence of youth you get when Miyamoto takes the stage at any press event. With the new functions of the Pictobox in the HD version, I have found several Tingle bottles that have had fantastic pictures, capturing that charm and fun of the title.
Since there is reoccurring theme’s through out all three tracks, and I have actually featured one of these tracks before, I am just going to give small descriptions and let the music take it from there. Let get to the music!
Here is a little bonus, to kick this off properly, some art of my favorite leaf violinist, Makar!
The Wind Waker Symphonic Movement – The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony
There are plenty highs and lows in this piece, at times it shows the brilliance of endearing world and sailing exploration. It clocks in at a heft 10:30, but has a lot to offer as it hits over many of the main themes from the game.
“Hoy, Small Fry” – HyperDuck Soundworks – Featured on the Over Clocked Remix album “25YearLegend”
On of the best remixes on that album, “Hoy, Small Fry” captures the title music in a Celtic folk music vibe. The track does a great job of radiating the joy endearing element of the game, just a warm, fuzzy feeling. This track makes me want to set sail for Outlook Island and join in on any festivities the small island may have.
Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker – Dragon Roost Island – Andrew Skeet/The London Philharmonic Orchestra
I have featured this track before, but it still is a beautiful composition and unique take on the first “dungeon island” theme. the various transitions from mandolin, to piano, to saxophone, to strings, to a trumpet finally taking hold of the melody. It is a great track that has excellent build. Enjoy.