4.5 out of 5


  • Great scores
  • Breath of the Wild
  • Visuals


  • Rehashed visuals in some scores
  • “Dungeons of Hyrule” missing

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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is an entertaining concert with music and visuals that leave you wanting more.

The Legend of Zelda has been making memories for video gamers for just over thirty years, and to celebrate, Nintendo has created a symphony concert that travels across the world for fans to enjoy.

There have been three seasons of the tour so far, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Each season offers a new program with different scores and arrangements, keeping it fresh for fans. This year’s season, the Master Quest, brings in pieces from the latest Zelda game, Breath of the Wild.

The Master Quest season also brought pre-recorded footage of Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of the Legend of Zelda), Eiji Aonuma (director and producer of the Legend of Zelda series), and Koji Kondo (original composer of the Legend of Zelda series) that played throughout the concert. The three gave their perspectives on what it was like working with the Zelda series and,  in a great move to see, thanked fans for attending the concert.

The first score to start off the concert, “Overture 2017,” was a consolidation of the various Zelda series themes into one. Seeing visuals of each game from the original NES to the Nintendo Switch projected on the large screen gave me goosebumps and brought forth a cascade of great memories. It was a fantastic way to start off the concert.

The majority of the scores in the program were comprised of a mix of songs from one Zelda title that had been combined into one.

In the concert I attended, the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask’s piece called “Majora’s Mask Medley” was the first of these to be played and was immediately followed by “Breath of the Wild.” The score and visuals used for the latter was based on the original trailer shown at E3 2016. Admittedly, I was expecting something slightly different, but it was still great to see the new installment in the program.

Throughout the concert, there were three scores from Ocarina of Time: “Prelude”, “Ocarina of Time” and “Temple of Time Intermezzo”. Ocarina of Time is one of the most popular Zelda titles today. It was the first title to play an important role in the game Each race, area, and events throughout the game had unique songs. Previous Zelda titles did not need as many musical pieces compared to this one, so having three in the program made sense.

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker’s score, “The Wind Waker,” is another fan favorite, and even the conductor gets involved. In every concert I’ve attended, the conductor will pull out the Wind Waker wand to use as their baton–a  fun treat for the fans. The program also included a score from the game “Twilight Princess”, and while the music was entertaining, the visuals were rehashed a few times.

At the end, the audience is thanked by Miyamoto, Aonuma and Kondo, but they leave a hint about surprises in the concert–two additional songs for the audience’s enjoyment.

This season, it was “Ballad of the Windfish” from Link’s Awakening and “Goron City Medley” from Breath of the Wild. Both of these pieces were done really well, and the visuals had me glued to the screen the entire time. Last season’s “Ballad of the Windfish” had little in the way of interesting visuals–a generic graphic or random shots of the orchestra playing in lieu of gameplay footage–and I was glad to see an improvement on that. I’ve really enjoyed how the editing was done for this version. “Goron City Medley” was a song I was not expecting, and it was rather fun and amusing with the Breath of the Wild visuals playing with it. Overall, these last two scores made for a great end to the concert.

There is one score I was hoping to hear that was never played, though–a medley called “Dungeons of Hyrule” was missing in this season’s program. It’s one of my favorites, but as you add more songs, you’ll have to take some out.

I’ve attended three Zelda concerts–once per season in the three that they’ve done it–and the Master Quest season is my current favorite. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a great concert for fans. Even if you haven’t played all the games, if you’ve enjoyed playing Zelda before, you should attend the concert at least once.

About Seth Hay - Editor-in-chief / Webmaster

When Seth is not designing or developing, he spends time with his family and his occasional dose of anime, sports and video games.

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