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Skyward Sword Confirmed to Have Orchestral Soundtrack

June 1, 2011 / 12:59 AM

By: Roger DiLuigi III

Wow, this has really been one heck of a day for Zelda fans. First, we get a great rumor: a Skyward Sword information leak from 4chan and ZeldaInformer. Then, we find out that we’ll be seeing some sort of new Zelda project at E3 to commemorate Zelda’s 25th Anniversary (my bet is still on a Zelda Compilation). And now, in perhaps the biggest Zelda news of the day, the latest “Iwata Asks” interview has confirmed one of the leaked rumors about Skyward Sword: the game is indeed going to have an orchestrated soundtrack by the guys responsible for Super Mario Galaxy‘s music.

Here’s a snippet from the interview that includes the confirmation:

Yokota: I’ve been steeped in The Legend of Zelda this past year.

Iwata: Stepped in Zelda?

Yokota: I only worked on The Legend of Zelda. Two games at the same time!

Iwata: Huh? Two at the same time? I didn’t know that!

Yokota: One was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and the other is The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Iwata: After development of Super Mario Galaxy 2 ended?

Yokota: Yes. That’s about the time. At the E3 last year, when we were going to exhibit The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the first time, we talked about using orchestral music. But (Shigeru) Miyamoto-san said it wasn’t necessary.

Iwata: We were going to have attendees of last year’s E3 try out the new game’s operability, so he said orchestral music wasn’t necessary right away.

Yokota: Right. Then, toward the end of summer break, they finally decided to put in orchestral music and I joined the development team.

Iwata: You’re sort of the orchestration director for the Legend of Zelda music, aren’t you?

Yokota: Yes. I was in charge of the orchestral songs for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess as well.

Well, there you have it folks! One rumor confirmed, eleven more to go. It’s great to finally have solid confirmation of an orchestrated soundtrack for Skyward Sword. Here’s hoping I get to hear a few of the new compositions during my playtime with the game at E3 next week!

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Roger is probably best known throughout the “interwebs” as the man behind TopHatProfessor in the Professor Layton Twitter viral marketing campaign. Roger is a Chicago-based actor and Theatre/English graduate at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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