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Game music of the day: Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Game: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Song: Overworld Theme

Composer: Kondo, Minegishi, Tominaga and Ota

       
Above: Overworld theme from Spirit Tracks

You'd be forgiven for passing over Spirit Tracks. The touch-screen-only controls that turned a lot of people away from Phantom Hourglass return in full force, plus there's the whole "Link driving a magic train" thing. But, as the two million people who bought it know, there are several worthwhile reasons to see this one through to the end. And as you embark on this 15-20 hour adventure, one song will drill its way into your brain and come to summarize the entire experience.

Obviously the song in question is the Overworld theme playing above. Its rousing flute intro leads directly into a charging, full-speed-ahead overture that encapsulates the energy and spirit (no puns here) of a steam-powered Link. The Overworld theme is distinctly reminiscent of both Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass' sailing tune, which I'm sure is an intentional homage to Spirit Tracks' two storyline predecessors. No matter how many times I had to climb aboard and chug across the landscape, this song always jolted me back into an adventuresome mindset.

This song typically plays in various fields and overworld areas like towns and other small stops along the tracks. This has much more of a Celtic, Lord of the Rings feel to it, which seems appropriate given Link's green tunic and the general swords 'n' monsters gameplay. Despite its slower pace, the richness is still there, which helps keep you smothered in the Zelda atmosphere.

So yeah, if you skipped this one, reconsider. I recently finished it and felt compelled to share the Overworld theme, hoping it could persuade you to choo-choo-choose Spirit Tracks in the future (one pun!).

 



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35 comments

  • CH3BURASHKA - July 16, 2010 6:51 a.m.

    Fun fact: I was playing around with Spirit Tracks at PAX09. Never having played with a DS before, I became stuck on a single obstacle: there was a bunch of 'bad' fog and I was supposed to blow it away with my thingymajig. I got it selected and aimed at the fog, but couldn't figure out how to use it. I pressed every button over and over, and it still wouldn't blow the fog away. Finally, I asked one of the booth hunks(?) for help. He nicely told me I was supposed to blow into the DS microphone. I felt like such a dumb-ass.
  • Samuel71 - July 13, 2010 9:36 p.m.

    Spirit Tracks was better than Phantom Hourglass, but still... a sad game compared to its portable predecessors. That said, I loved the music, especially the overworld theme.
  • elpurplemonkey - July 13, 2010 4:45 p.m.

    Good selection. I need to beat this game already.
  • Mainman - July 13, 2010 4:12 p.m.

    I have zero doubt in my mind that Spirit Tracks is the greatest Zelda game since Majora's Mask, and may be the best game in the series overall. It fixed the problems of the Phantom Hourglass engine, it's astoundingly unique (and not just 'for a Zelda game'), and all of the key aspects (sound, graphics, story progression) balanced perfectly. It's also dangerously addictive; for the first time since the N64 days, I was spending roughly 8 hours per day on the darn thing, which consumed 95% of my free time over the Christmas holiday and well into January. If you dismiss this game without playing it, then you are a fool or trying to justify a reason not to buy it. It was the most important DS game of 2009, without a doubt.
  • Millikin - July 13, 2010 1:24 p.m.

    That overworld theme is a fantastic piece of music. Good to hear Nintendo music is still top notch, without rehashing the old classics over and over again. Makes me want to sail over to Dragon's Roost island and hang out with the postmen. I love these game music of the day sections, guys, absolutely brilliant, thank you very much. Keep it up! GamesRadar ftw
  • Modroneman - July 13, 2010 1:09 p.m.

    Oops, I skipped over the last paragraph of the article. :P
  • Modroneman - July 13, 2010 1:06 p.m.

    So did you finally beat this game Brelston? ReCaptcha: cipal heehawed
  • philipshaw - July 13, 2010 9:49 a.m.

    This game is great and I love the music,like you said it always makes you want to do the next quest even when you are not in the mood for it
  • somthing42 - July 13, 2010 9:12 a.m.

    oohh that song makes me want to play the game again.
  • MercenaryQ - July 13, 2010 8:16 a.m.

    Good choice. I love this song, it really does define the whole game experience for you
  • OldSkoolNinja - July 13, 2010 5:34 a.m.

    I liked the overworld theme quite a lot, but about 3/4 into the game it got obscenely annoying.
  • speno93 - July 13, 2010 3:06 a.m.

    i loved ST, espiaclly all the Restoration songs that were awesome. never grew tired of that overworld theme
  • frogfromchronotriggerisactuallyjesus - July 13, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    thanks for reminding me of this great song. can't believe i forgot about it. I especially love how when you approach a demon train, the track segways into that more intense track
  • BoondockSaint54 - July 13, 2010 1:27 a.m.

    I can't wait to play this. Wind Waker was probably my favorite since A Link to the Past and Phantom Hourglass had a couple of issues that really turned me off, mainly the reoccurring dungeon. I heard Spirit Tracks fixed that so I can't wait.
  • RamenDragon - July 13, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    Having never played Spirit Tracks and possessing roughly no desire to do so, these songs are great. I love how they have a distinct Zelda feel, but also feel unique to Spirit Tracks. Really love the GMotD, and keep going!
  • chainsawninja600 - July 13, 2010 12:18 a.m.

    good song. but i prob wont play the game.
  • camelfro - July 13, 2010 12:13 a.m.

    love the music and i ABSOLUTELY love the new layout of gamesradar too i was a big fan of phantom hourglass i think i might pick this one up soon thanks brett
  • Spybreak8 - July 13, 2010 12:10 a.m.

    There are some songs that I enjoy yet don't listen to out of game and sorry to say this game has those songs. I think it's due to the looping of the tracks or that you just hear it so much playing the game you're set. I liked Spirit Tracks even though it felt very similar to Phantom Hourglass and yeah it has good Zelda infused music. They could have done away with the blowing into the microphone music parts of the game though.
  • MaverickHunterAsh - July 13, 2010 12:03 a.m.

    So glad to see both Spirit Tracks and its music recognized for how wonderful they both are. Where Phantom Hourglass was merely good, Spirit Tracks is the best Zelda since The Wind Waker. Yeah, they're both better than Twilight Princess. I said it.
  • theemporer - July 13, 2010 12:03 a.m.

    Damnit, now I have to get this game...

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