First off I would like to do some house cleaning. OSTM is now OSTMonday. The reason being is that I use #OSTM with my posts and I thought that would be a little unique. It turns out there is another entity that uses that, the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (OSTM) and I feel we are stepping on each other’s toes. So anyway from now on it will be OSTMonday.
If you made it this far good for you! Now back to our regularly scheduled article….
Last week Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild came out along with the Nintendo Switch. Sadly I am not getting the new console, and I haven’t owned a Nintendo console since the Wii and Twilight Princess came out. The thing for me to get a new console is, like Zelda, I use the “rule of 3”. That means there must be 3 unique games to the console that I can enjoy before I get it. So I looked at the lineup and all I saw was Zelda (which is also on Wii U) and Skyrim (Which is on everything else). So with all the Zelda talk I went to go listen to Koji Kondo and the amazing soundtrack he would inevitably make for Breath of the Wild. But, he isn’t the main composer of this title. They gave the reins to Manaka Kataoka and Yasuaki Iwata. Both of these composers have had many titles with Nintendo, and they make another amazing score for the next installment of the Zelda series.
Like most of Nintendo’s music I can’t find it on any streaming service, but I would encourage everyone to buy the soundtrack as it is probably one of the best I have heard all year. It stays true to the old sound, while bringing in some new arrangements. I’m glad that the composers were aloud to be creative and not just be safe and have the same music as previous titles, though I don’t think they have done that in that past. We all know how much Nintendo guards their creations though, so it wouldn’t put it past me that they would babysit the composers.
I hope this Zelda game can live up to the hype as being one of the best games ever made, according to Forbes. I think most of it is nostalgia that we all long for because it has had a few hiccups since launch. I can’t wait to play it some day, probably on the Wii U since those are going to plummet in price soon.
Manaka Kataoka and Yasuaki Iwata
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
It looks like for now YouTube is the only place where this soundtrack is available to stream. I can’t even find it to buy anywhere other than the Special edition or the Master edition. Limiting the release like this just makes people either stream or pirate the music.
- Steam on YouTube
Let me know if anyone finds a way to buy this soundtrack outside of getting the game and I will update the article.
Do you like the new sound? Do you care that Koji Kondo isn’t doing the music anymore? What do you think of the game? Let me know below or on Twitter, Facebook, or where ever.