Music as a Discoverable Reward in Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has proven to be a game so dense that it is many different things to different people. For many of us, BotW is a game about exploration and discovery. The game encourages exploration by doling out tiny, yet satisfying, rewards for every discovery. From Korok Seeds to shrines to materials, BotW offers plenty of incentive to venture off the beaten path.

As I continue to put hours upon hours into the game, I’m finding one of my favorite discoveries in BotW is music. Led by Animal Crossing composer Manaka Kataoka, the soundtrack here is excellent. From jazzy combat tunes to the almost Twin Peaks-esque piano piece that plays as you scale a tower, the OST is as unconventional (and high quality) as the game itself.

The music also fits with the sprawling landscape of the game’s world, as it’s used sparingly, only surfacing at specific moments. For me, finding a new place or triggering an event that has a music cue attached to it, even if it’s just a jingle, is just as exciting as discovering any riches tucked within the land of Hyrule.

As a huge fan of video game music, I will definitely be acquiring the BotW soundtrack at some point. But as for right now, I’m avoiding listening to any music from it outside of the game. At this juncture, hopping onto to YouTube and hearing a tune I hadn’t discovered yet in the game would be, for me, as big of a spoiler as <REDACTED>.

Episode 71.5 – Final Fantasy Music Spectacular!

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Welcome to our Final Fantasy music spectacular! In honor of the upcoming release of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call, we’re celebrating the legendary compositions from this long-running series.

Music:

Opening Theme (FF XIV)

Matoya’s Cave (FF I)

Eternal Wind (FF III)

Crystal Room (FF III)

Balamb Garden (FF VIII)

Bland Logo (FF Tactics)

Main Theme (FF V – Remastered Version)

Melodies of Life (FF IX – Piano Collection Version)

Rem Tokimiya (FF Type-0)

Fisherman’s Horizon (FF VIII – Distant Worlds Version) (I know, I said Dear Friends Version on the podcast oops)

Epitaph (FF VI – OST Remaster Version)

The Sunleth Waterscape (FF XIII Instrumental Version)

The Skies Above (FF X – Black Mages Version)

Qoopa Klub Episode 50: Fabulous Nova Crystallis (Final Fantasy XIII Special)

Special thanks to Tyler, Ian, Michael, Bradly, and Jeremy for sharing their favorite Final Fantasy tracks and memories!