Jon got hands-on with the upcoming Zelda title, Skyward Sword, at E3 this month and came away very impressed. And at their conference, Nintendo had an entire orchestra lurking just below the stage, wowing the crowd with orchestral renditions of classic Nintendo tunes, including Zelda soundbites. Incidentally, Skyward Sword will feature more orchestral music than any Zelda title before it, and Nintendo have been discussing their work in the latest Iwata Asks column.
In a discussion with music producers Koji Kondo and Mahito Yokota, Iwata spoke at length about music in Zelda games. They reveal that the live orchestra employed at their E3 2011 was first planned for their conference last year, but Shigeru Miyamoto wanted to focus on how the game played rather than how it sounded. The call to include the orchestra this year was made pretty late, with Yokota brought in over the summer to help out.
Yokota also reveals that, looking back over past Zelda scores, he opted to stage orchestral homages for inclusion in Skyward Sword. "Actually, when listening to past music for the Legend of Zelda series, there were several songs that I wanted to arrange for an orchestra," he explains. "I chose some to my fancy and put them in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword".
Their discussion also reveals that an instrument will feature in Skyward Sword, similar to the titular ocarina in Ocarina of Time. However, the trio were reluctant to shed further details, although a harp has been spotted in recent Skyward Sword trailers. What say you, Dealspwners? Looking forward to hearing more orchestral music in Zelda? Or will you use the MIDI soundtracks of old? [Iwata Asks]