Weekly Game Music: Wind Waker Unplugged (Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker)

New week, new music.  Late again this week, but I’m currently checking out SIGGRAPH 2012, and it’s quite a bit exhausting.  Anyways, lets go with something special this week.  Here’s Fredrik Larsson’s medley, Wind Waker Unplugged , which quite predictably blends together various tunes from Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.  It does great justice to the original compositions by Kenta Nagata, Hajime Wakai, Toru Minegishi, and Koji Kondo.

Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker begins with a common formula in the recent Zelda series: as a young boy named Link, you’re unsuspectingly thrown into an epic adventure when someone very close to him — his sister, Aryll — gets kidnapped by a gigantic bird.  Determined to save his sister, Link gets dropped square into the plot of a growing, evil force.

Sticking with the series’ tradition, Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker plays like an action-adventure.  Sword combat is executed through a simple control-stick, B-button combination.  New to the series is the introduction of countering and using dropped weapons against your enemies.  Wind Waker also strongly focuses on its wind physics, where gliding and sailing becomes essential.  Of course, no Zelda game is complete without complex dungeons and many creative tools to conquer them!

Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was published by Nintendo on the Gamecube in 2003.  No other port exists.


Extra!

Title: Hyrule Field Theme
Game: Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Remixer: Yutaka Iraha
Original Composer: Koji Kondo

Title: Saria’s Song
Game: Super Smash Bros. Melee
Remixer: Hirokazu Ando, Tadashi Ikegami, Shōgo Sakai, Takuto Kitsuta
Original Composer: Koji Kondo


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