The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Remember the moment you first placed Ocarina of Time into your system, switched it on, and saw Link riding Epona over Hyrule’s hills, accompanied by soft piano chords and a haunting ocarina melody? That incredible opening is one of the most iconic tile screens in video games history, and it only got better from there.
Kondo is one of gaming’s masters of the concept of leitmotif, which is creating music specific to a character, setting or mood. Take a moment to recall The Lost Woods, Kakariko Village, Zelda’s Lullaby, or even the damn owl’s theme. Music also became a significant gameplay mechanic with Link’s ocarinas, pulling us further into the musical experience. We still catch ourselves humming the Song of Storms sometimes.