Sunday Game Soundtrack: Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SFC/SNES)

It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for another Sunday Game Soundtrack.  This week, I spent a ton of time arranging for Beta Test Music and listened to many different OSTs.  I rediscovered an old classic in the process and thought I’d share it.

Though there have been many games in the Zelda series since A Link to the Past, I’ve always had a soft spot for this particular OST.  I just happened to hear one of the tracks on my iPod (“Dark World Overworld”) and that basically led to me listening to the entire OST from top to bottom for the millionth time.  Composer Koji Kondo really demonstrates the full abilities of the Nintendo S-SMP audio chip.  I’ve always loved the SNES’s ability to create brass instruments and Koji Kondo is one of the best at manipulating the SNES audio.  This game, as a whole, stands as a monumental achievement in the gaming industry.  It’s not just a game; it is art, plain and simple.

One quick unknown fact:  The original subtitle of the game is NOT A Link to the Past.  In Japan, it reads “ゼルダの伝説 神々のトライフォース” or The Legend of Zelda: The Triforce of the Gods.  Why the change?  The Nintendo localization team believed that references to “gods” would be considered blasphemous to a US audience.  Thus, the title and some game elements were altered.  For example, the instruction manual in the Japanese version labels Agahnim as a priest, perhaps sent by the gods.  In our localized version, this was removed and he is called “Wizard Agahnim”.  In addition, the Hylian language that appears in the game was actually depicted as something like hieroglyphics in the Japanese version.  Again, the localization team thought that may have a religious implication and again, it was removed from the US version.  It’s pretty interesting.

Anyhow, here’s the OST.  I found someone who posted the whole thing up there… except they are missing the ending credits music.  I’ll post that separately below!  Enjoy!

(credit:  SuperZelda60)

(credit: AramilsMusic)

Thanks again folks and enjoy your Sunday!


About Classical Gaming

Steve Lakawicz holds an MM in Music Performance from Temple University as well as a BM in Tuba Performance from Rutgers University . His teachers include Paul Scott, Scott Mendoker, and Jay Krush. His love of video game music has lead him to form a blog, Classical Gaming, to promote discussion both casual and academic about the music of video games. He is the co-founder of the video game/nerd music chamber ensemble, Beta Test Music and regularly composes/performs chiptune music as Ap0c. He currently resides in Philadelphia where he teaches college statistics at Temple University. View all posts by Classical Gaming

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