The Legend of Zelda is just one iconic Nintendo franchise that's earned millions of fans around the world. The Triforce logo, the classic music, Link, Zelda - all are well known throughout popular culture. Baseball fans had a fun reminder of that this week.
It popped up in the World Baseball Classic semi-final this week between USA and Japan at Dodger Stadium in LA. The venerable arena is the closing venue for an event that's spanned multiple countries over the past few weeks as various nations have competed in mini-leagues and now the knock-out stages. Ryosuke Kikuchi, when coming out to bat in that match, had the iconic Legend of Zelda theme played on the stadium's organ; the result was captured by Adam Conover for all to enjoy, though as he was 'dying' we hope he's ok...
Being based in the UK this writer was watching bleary-eyed in the early hours of the morning - it was a fun moment when this music played, and there were a few other funky tunes given the organ treatment throughout the match.
It seemed like a terrific occasion, though tough conditions and quality pitching meant it was a low-scoring affair with Team USA winning through to the final in a 2-1 ball game. They'll play Puerto Rico in the final.
I'm sad the soundtrack for Breath of the Wild is so... limited and weird? I'm a huge fan of music in all Zelda games but the only themes that I actually liked were in Hyrule Castle, Rito Village and maybe when you solve the Divine Beast.
The music when you ride horse is super annoying, wish they'd go with classic Zelda theme instead
@mateq I actually agree. My main negative about BotW is the music. It's not bad, but nowhere near as memorable as the previous games.
Now that is how to make an entrance XD
Also I'm surprised people aren't in love the BOTW's soundtrack. I'm personally loving it since it really is standing apart from other soundtracks in the series and the use of the piano is just gorgeous. The soundtrack just creates such a calm yet somber atmosphere when in the wild and the songs in the villages help illustrate that each village is unique and has their own culture and etc. Idk, it just feels so different yet so familiar at the same time. It just feels like Zelda.
I watched the game and heard this. Even rewound it so my wife could hear it.
That's pretty cool, wouldn't expect to hear that.
At Staples Center, also in LA, during free throws at Lakers Game, if the shot is made, you either hear the coin collection noise from Super Mario Bros, the shroom power up noise from SMB or the noise made in SMB3 , when you transition from the overworld map to a specific level.
@mateq I think its good that they tried something new. But i wasnt happy with the result either. It kinda lacked character.
If the news didnt tell me i wouldnt have recognised its Zelda.
Still good and charming marketing. Hope Nintendo will be bigger in 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
That's a touchdown for the Legend of Zelda!
@mateq The music is okay. Most of the time I love the music, especially in Wind Waker.
@mateq my same sentiment. I miss the old Hyrule Field theme or the main theme playing when Link in a vast open field. The minimalist soundtrack is my one big complaint on the super awesome game.
@mateq Only gripe is that they could have references earlier Zelda music more. They had so many chances.
@RazorThin This. Not implementing Gerudo Theme in the game should be considered a sin! I really was expecting to hear my favourite tune as I was walking towards the desert
I enjoyed BotW's minimalistic use of music, as I think it fits with the general tone of the game, but I do hope Nintendo goes back to more memorable, bombastic tracks in the future. This is fine, once, considering the game is so different from other entries in the series.
I get why they went for that music style considering the gameplay, but it really is Breath of the Wild's most major failure. Past Zelda themes were just so much better! Aside from Hyrule Castle and a few of the villages, the music was definitely substandard.
Still an utterly spectacular game though.
I really liked how they tried to keep the world feel more environmentalistic by keeping the music down; but in larger, more populated locations, there should be more memorable music.
Baseball along with cricket have to be among some of the most boring sports in the world.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE That's why they invented beer.
@Eric258 I agree, the piano is fantastic.
@mateq @Moon I thought similarly to you, but the more I played, the more I found different music, and really got into it. Even though I had the music CD from the Collector's Edition, it still didn't have some great music (a real oversight was not including the Tower Theme, or any boss fight music). So, over to YouTube I went to get the OST music, and I'm listening to it right now!
@Moon I personally like ambiance which is what BOTW seems to use mainly but currently I do not own the game although I did enjoy the previous music sometimes listening to it too long gets annoying. For me, clock town gets old fast if you stay in the town for a bit
@mateq I agree. I like it a lot, but the old Koji Kondo music was some John Williams-type stuff (on an 8-bit device!) that sticks with you forever. I get that they intentionally went minimalistic for BOTW (to focus on the sounds of the environment), but an iconic theme song is something I sort of miss.
@mateq I'm quite the opposite; I like BotW's ambient musical choice. It's subtle and does a good job of expressing the sense of exploration and discovery rather than non-stop bombast.
I personally like the direction they went with music in this one. The point was to make an immersive open world that feels somewhat realistic.
I feel if they went for those huge orchestra tracks it would have overwhelmed some of the more subtle sounds in the game.
Pitchers should enter to Bolero of Fire if they want to bring the heat.
For me, Soccer is the most Boring and Unattractive Sport in the World because it's Too Mainstream, Too Overwhelming, Too Much Scandal.
Baseball is kinda Cool in my opinion. The gameplay is kinda Surprising so it depends on the players how do they hit the ball or catch the ball. Also, Baseball player appearance has the Most Handsome looking in my opinion.
The organist at the Saddledome in Calgary plays the Zelda theme at least once at pretty much every Flames home game and it's awesome!
And Hockey is the best sport in the world BTW! ;P
I personally think the music really delivers in BOTW. From the subtle piano to the full blown orchestral numbers, oh my goodness it delivers in spades with its considered presentation. The Rito theme in particular is one of my favourites.
What the hell, Nintendo Life?
He isn't OK, he's dying. Someone call an ambulance, this guy is dying!
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Baseball: Hyrule's national pastime.
@Anti-Matter I'm just glad that's your opinion and not a mainstream opinion.
@UK-Nintendo In the States it's as mainstream an opinion as it gets.
@PanurgeJr totally agree. As baseball is mainstream in the states so is football in Europe.
I just don't look at sports players that way.
I heard it during a visit to the mound in the Netherlands-Puerto Rico game. Awesome.
This is cool!
I definitely miss the great Zelda music in BotW, but there are some OK tracks when you disturb an overworld boss. I mostly like coming up on a stable and hearing Epona's Song.
Aww, Samurai Japan awesomeness out of the tournament.
Could Team USA win the WBC for the first time?
lol! What a funny coincidence. The Dodgers Stadium organist occasionally plays the theme regardless.
@mateq Well I loved it. The subdued but still present music fits the ambiance of this game perfectly. Oh, and Hateno village is probably the best continuous music in the game.
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