Retro Gaming Weekends – The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Part 2)

And now we’re back to out discussion of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Last time we talked about some memorable moments that occurred in the game. Now it’s time to talk music. The Legend of Zelda had a soundtrack that resonated with many withing the Zelda community, and its tunes have lived on in later Zelda games. Here are 5 themes that I remember to this day from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Overworld

Ahh, now here’s an instant classic. Taking from the original Zelda game, the improved audio tech gave this theme life, and soon became ingrained in the minds of many gamers. Many remember ScrewAttack’s Top 20 songs countdown and the song that became #1. Many view this as the ultimate in videogame fantasy. While I personally wouldn’t consider this my favorite, there is no doubt that this theme deserves a spot in the echelons of videogame history.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Hyrule Castle

I love the way this song starts off. It’s like a commanding for the listener to stop what they’re doing and pay attention (like when a king enters a room). However, the song does become sinister sounding, which plays on the state of the castle being overrun by brainwashed knights. As now, Hyrule Castle does not belong to Hyrule, nor Zelda, but to Aganhim, and later Ganon. The theme has lived on in the series, and eventually became Hyrule castle’s theme, albeit with a less evil vibe.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Dark World

After hearing the Overworld theme for so long, it become a shock to hear this theme. It’s even more so when you realize that you’ll be hearing this on a regular basis. Its militaristic vibe definitely complements the mood of the world to as everywhere looks like a battlefield. Hell, even the trees are out to get you!

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Kakariko Villiage

Ah, now here’s one of my first earworms ever. Probably one of the most serene of town themes, I’m certain that many gamers back then stopped by just to hear this theme. To me, just hearing this takes me back to when I first got this game and stopped by. It was a nice change of pace to hear this instead of the boisterous Overworld theme (and it was definitely nice to hear this again after trekking the Dark World). Unbeknownst to many, this theme was actually remixed to create Windfall Isle’s theme in The Wind Waker. Took me a while to figure out (there’s even youtube comments realizing that).

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Zelda’s Rescue

And finally, here’s the theme that made you feel like a damn hero! Another version of this is used for when you get the Crystals in the Dark World. This is one of the view songs that makes it really feel like your saving a female, as others then to sound really hokey or obnoxious. Since this entry in the Zelda series, this has grown to become a theme just for Zelda. While it can clash with the way she’s portrayed now (she’s more battle capable), it does have that feminine charm that Zelda can still have.

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