Track of the Week: The Great Sea (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker)

Set sail with the first installment in our new musical feature!

By Kevin Knezevic. Posted 09/29/2013 13:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

We certainly love video game music here at Nintendojo, and we relish any chance we get to share some of our favorite tunes with you. That’s why we’re proud to present the Track of the Week, a new feature where we highlight some of the best video game compositions from the full spectrum of Nintendo history!

And with the retail release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD looming on the horizon, we thought it’d only be fitting to kick off the column with a piece from the original game…

Any track from The Wind Waker would have made a fine starting point for this feature (in fact, I had nearly settled on Hyrule Castle as our first selection), but none is as emblematic of the game, nor embodies the spirit of adventure quite as well as the Great Sea theme. As Wind Waker’s overworld melody, the Great Sea theme is your musical companion throughout much of your journey, accompanying you each time you set sail across the vast stretch of ocean separating the tiny islands that make up Link’s world.

And yet, even when you’ve charted every quadrant of the ocean and dredged up every last sunken treasure chest it contains, each voyage you take on the Great Sea is as thrilling and awe-inspiring as the first thanks in large part to this melody. The brass section, at once airy and commanding, sets the perfect tone for your high seas adventure, while the undulating double bass perfectly mimics the ebb and flow of the waves as you sail toward your destination. Other tracks in the game do a fantastic job of bringing Wind Waker’s vision of Hyrule to life, but none capture the sense of wonder and excitement you feel the first time you gaze out on its boundless waters quite like this theme.

Now that you’ve heard one of our favorite tracks from The Wind Waker, what are some of yours? Would you like to see more installments of this column in future issues? Let us know in the comments!

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