It’s a new year, and that means renewed anticipation for the next The Legend of Zelda game. Luckily, it looks like our waiting is going to pay off big time, with Nintendo hinting at the launch of their first ever Wii U Zelda (Hyrule Warriors was interesting, but not a mainline game). The new game looks to take advantage of the Wii U’s relative performance jump with a large, open map of Hyrule to explore.
To celebrate, it would be appropriate to take a look back at the last time a major Zelda game launched for the first time on a new console: Twilight Princess. Twilight Princess was interesting because, after a GameCube generation of games that tended to favor lighter takes on Nintendo’s franchises, it went down a much darker route that harkened back to Ocarina of Time or even Majora’s Mask.
As such, the music was designed to be more… gray then what Zelda fans had heard up to that point. An interesting note is that this soundtrack was not orchestral because the composer, Kōji Kondō, hadn’t seem the game early enough and thus decided that sequenced music would be better. An advantage of this approach is an adaptive soundtrack, which became more relaxed as players progressed through the game.
Whether or not we get a more mellow soundtrack for The Legend of Zelda for Wii U is yet to be seen, but passing the time should be easier because we can listen to the beautiful compositions of its predecessors.