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>.

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Episode 129 – Oh, U

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In this episode John and Ryan say goodbye to the Wii U with some of our favorite memories and games, but first plan our shopping carts for Switch launch day!

News:

Nintendo reveals Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC – new story, hard mode, more

TowerFall creator announces Celeste for Switch

No VC, but Shovel Knight and Fast RMX at launch

Switch Joy-Con desyncing issue examined/

Japan Launch Day Software Lineup Confirmed (NeoGeo, Blaster Master, Puyo Puyo Tetris, more!)

Music:

No Use for a Name – Hybrid Moments (Misfits cover) (*NEW* Unofficial Nintendo Fun Club Theme Song (through the Switch launch))

Fall Out Boy – Miss Missing You

Episode 126 – Imagine Dragon Quest

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News:

Pokken Tournament players raise $15k for the Make-a-Wish foundation

Nintendo’s First-Ever Super Bowl Ad Features Nintendo Switch, The Legend of Zelda, and Imagine Dragons, unforch

Splatoon 2 voice chat features future clarified – set play appointments, private battle voice options

Switch online service to cost roughly the equivalent of $17-26 per year

Games:

Fire Emblem Heroes, Dragon Quest VIII 3DS, Donkey Kong ’94, Pokemon Duel

Music:

No Use for a Name – Hybrid Moments (Misfits cover) (*NEW* Unofficial Nintendo Fun Club Theme Song (through the Switch launch))

Screeching Weasel – Pauline

Episode 125 – A Church in the Middle of Nowhere

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News:

Tomorrow Corporation Bringing Three Titles To Switch On Launch Day

Mario Sports Superstars And Tank Troopers Receive North American Release Dates

(Switch ports)

Dragon Quest Heroes I & II Is More Than Just A Port, Square Enix Says

NIS on porting from PS4 to Switch, why Disgaea 5 was chosen as first game for the system

I Am Setsuna Switch-specific PvP mode detailed

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers

Games:

Pokemon Moon, Dragon Quest VIII 3DS, Panzer Dragoon II Zwei

Music:

No Use for a Name – Hybrid Moments (Misfits cover) (*NEW* Unofficial Nintendo Fun Club Theme Song (through the Switch launch))

Propagandhi – Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes

Episode 124 – All the Right Moves

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Good Switch Takes: Nintendo Voice Chat, Nintendo Lovefest, 8-4 Play, Gamebuoy

Chris Scullion’s hands-on Switch impressions

Opinion: Switch Isn’t for Everyone, But It’s Definitely For Me (Jeremy Parish)

News:

Fire Emblem Direct

Games:

Mother 3, Style Savvy Fashion Forward, Trauma Center Second Opinion, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Bomberman 64, Pokemon Moon, Xenoblade Chronicles, Dragon Quest VIII 3DS

Music:

No Use for a Name – Hybrid Moments (Misfits cover) (*NEW* Unofficial Nintendo Fun Club Theme Song (through the Switch launch))

My Chemical Romance – It’s Not a Fashion Statement, it’s a Deathwish