To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda series, Nintendo is releasing a music CD based on it. This CD will be released at the end of the month in Japan, and can be pre-ordered on CD Japan.
But what’s on the CD? What games are represented?
Well, here’s the list:
- The Legend of Zelda
- Zelda II: Adventure of Link
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
- The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords +
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
- The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
- The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- The Legend of Zelda: TriForce Heroes
As you can see, there are some strange choices here. Like the various remakes. Seems weird to have Link’s Awakening DX and the two 3DS games as separate entities here.
It also seems strange to omit quite a few lesser known titles. For example, you’ve got Oracle of Seasons, but not Ages? Four Swords Adventures but not Four Swords? Nothing from The Minish Cap at all?
Some examples of Minish Cap songs that would work really well on this CD
That seems like a really odd setup for a best of series soundtrack CD. Like there’s something weird going on in relation to Capcom’s involvement. I mean, that would explain the lack of Oracle of Ages and Minish Cap anyway.
It could also be a quality thing. After all, the description comments that some will be in CD quality for the first time. So perhaps GBA songs were too hard to clean up?
After all, the GBA is noted for its weak sound chip. It’s why the Donkey Kong Country remakes don’t sound as good as the SNES versions. Like this example:
But hey, at least we’re getting something for the series anniversary, and I’m sure the songs included will be fantastic none the less. Hearing some good Link to the Past music is almost worth the price on its own!
What do you think about the songs on this CD?