This 73-Piece Orchestra Playing Zelda Themes Is Absolutely Beautiful

by : Mark Foster on : 16 Oct 2015 15:09

What is it about 8-bit music sounding so fucking awesome when played by a full orchestra? Thankfully, we don’t have to understand it to love it.


Appearing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert a couple of days ago, the orchestra and a choir crammed into the Ed Sullivan Theatre to play some of the most iconic gaming music live, in support of Nintendo’s upcoming Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes on the 3DS.

The orchestra mixed music from the main Zelda theme as well as pieces of the new Zelda: Tri Force Heroes theme. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Godesses orchestra are currently on tour in the US and Europe doing badass renditions of series composer Koji Kondo’s original songs.


Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes will release on October 22 on Nintendo 3DS.

Mark Foster

Mark is the Gaming Editor for UNILAD. Having grown up a gaming addict, he's been deeply entrenched in culture and spends time away from work playing as much as possible. Mark studied music at University and found a love for journalism through going to local gigs and writing about them for local and national publications.

Topics: Gaming


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