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Game music of the day: Ocarina of Time

Game:The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Song: Gerudo Valley

Composer: Koji Kondo

       
Above: Gerudo Valley from Ocarina of Time

Everything about Ocarina of Time is, suitably, quite legendary. From its character and enemy designs to its ingenious dungeon layout to its soul-crushingly awful water temple, nothing here is middle of the road. It's a game that was dubbed an instant classic when it premiered in 1998, and has since thoroughly earned that title; the fact its upcoming 3DS remake is one of the year's most anticipated games should speak volumes alone. But perhaps the most enduring thing about OoT, something that will never age with new 3D technology or HDTVs, is the stunning soundtrack that's become part of our collective conciousness.

Gerudo Valley is, I admit, kind of a gimme. Everyone loves this song. But there's a reason I'd highlight it even now - it's so completely NOT Zelda, a sign Nintendo was embracing new ideas and not relying entirely on recycled themes from its earlier Zelda games. The acoustic guitar, the inspiring brass, everything about this song is above and beyond what I expected from the series.


Above: Zora's Domain, probably the SECOND best water-themed music in videogames


Above: The Forest Temple creeped me right the hell out. Strangely, this song isn't on the US soundtrack


Above: The various Ocarina songs you'd learn throughout the game. Bolero of Fire FTW

Many (aka hundreds of thousands) of you noticed we didn't include Ocarina in our 100 best games of all time article. I made my argument there why Twilight Princess has replaced Ocarina when it comes to "recommendable 3D Zelda game" in this day and age, which several people either didn't read or don't agree with, which is fine. Opinions and all that. Since then several people have acted like I "forgot" Ocarina or "don't understand" why it's so great. Without resorting to "do you know who you're talking to?" levels of jerkishness, let me say the importance is not lost on me - Ocarina is a landmark game through and through, and its 7.6 million copies sold make it personally significant to just about everyone reading this site - myself included. But it's aged in ways that can't be nostalgia'd away, and I took that into account and suggested the GameCube TP instead.

That said, the 3DS remake appears to address just about all of the age-related issues, like clumsy menus, blurry textures and overly angular structures, so its status as a must-play game of the 21st century is likely to be reinstated soon.

 

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45 comments

  • Nanook - May 1, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    Ugh - the Forest Temple Music! That tune just screamed "somethings right behind you" every moment you were in there.
  • Chewrocka - April 30, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    I love the music in this game!!! especially the temples, specifically water and forest. I actually played this game so many times that have effectively memorized the water temple (after numerous frustration) and now strangely really enjoy the most hated dungeon in the franchise.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - April 29, 2011 11:13 p.m.

    What I meant was, the Forest Temple song wasn't included on the US soundtrack CD that was for sale in 1998. I bought it then and it has most of the tracks, but not all of them. And that was one of the songs I noticed missing.
  • essiy - April 29, 2011 5:14 a.m.

    I was waiting for the day this would make Game music of the day, I love the music to this game even though I only recently played it, I was a playstation kid so I missed out on this game, So I can't say it's nostalgic for me. But that's not a bad thing, it's not just nostalgia that makes it for me, that's a good sign of amazing musical skills. That, and I'm now the proud owner of a ocarina myself. Thanks Brett, you sir, have made my day.
  • Spybreak8 - April 29, 2011 3:39 a.m.

    Zelda music always gets me, maybe because a few of them I learned the note by notes using the Orcarina as gameplay!?! Eh eh food for thought.
  • meh - April 28, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    This stuff rules. One of my favorite game soundtracks of all time. I love the overworld music the most though.
  • WillisTron - April 28, 2011 6:50 p.m.

    I think the reason people were upset about you excluding Ocarina of Time was because you insinuated that the point of the article was the top 100 BEST GAMES, not best of each series. I get your point, but there are so many games that Ocarina of Time top on your list. I understand why you wouldn't want to include it because then probably half the list would just be Zelda Mario and Final Fantasy games, however you should have made that clear in the title, perhaps "Best games of each series" or something.
  • BoltActionRevolver - April 28, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    Brett Not understanding LoZ:OoT is like saying "I don't understand this whole breathing thing" He has it down to a tangible, art on the body way, sort of way
  • FortyVsZero - April 28, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    Bolero of Fire is probably the piece of music that I was humming the most when I first played OoT. That or Song of Storms, or the great fairy fountain music. Or the shop music. Or Saria's song. Or Epona's song. Fuck I love this game.
  • therawski - April 28, 2011 5:23 p.m.

    I know this music is amazing, but my friend here thinks that no girl being asked to dance would say yes to this music. What are your thoughts?
  • SausageLozenge - April 28, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    Koji Kondo in the MOTHER EFFIN HOUSE!!!!
  • gmknoble - April 28, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    I'm so glad GMotD is back!
  • Charlie_Fubar - April 28, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    Um- if forest song isnt in the US version how do i know it already? I KNOW it was there when I played.
  • perrytheplaid - April 28, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    @ Angry Scotsman I second that, the forest temple was MUCH harder than the water temple
  • EnragedTortoise1 - April 28, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    Fucking Forest Temple... that's the reason I never finished OOT.
  • 8bitBaby - April 28, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    wow. i just stayed up all night listening to talkradar and playing this very game. very memorable music. very good.
  • ithurtstopoop - April 28, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    Ah Brett Elston I think I love u
  • NdIGiTy - April 28, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    Classic stuff!
  • Hydrohs - April 28, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    Ocarina of Time's soundtrack is a very close second to Wind Waker's. As awesome as OoT's is, it just didn't arouse the same feeling in me as Wind Waker's did.
  • p0wnd - April 28, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    Wait these songs have been played by a guy in the forums for the past week or so..just a coincidence that you make a article on it now?

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