Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening soundtrack ships as four-CD set

Eric on 2021-10-08
Record label Nippon Columbia published The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Original Soundtrack as a four-disc CD box set, shipping domestically from Play-Asia.

The fourth game in the Legend of Zelda series, and the first to be released on a portable console, 1993’s Link’s Awakening revisited the franchise’s mix of action role-playing and exploration, adding several innovative tweaks. Music for the Game Boy title is by Minako Hamano, Kozue Ishikawa, Koji Kondo and Kazumi Totaka.

The story finds Link shipwrecked on the remote island of Koholint, far from Princess Zelda, the Triforce, and the kingdom of Hyrule. His only hope of escaping the island is to track down eight magical instruments in hopes of awakening a mysterious creature, known as the Wind Fish. Link’s Awakening also introduces Link to ocarina playing, an activity that would take on great significance in Ocarina of Time.

Nippon Columbia's imported soundtrack publication includes 205 tracks—clocking in at nearly four hours—with both music and sound effects collected from the original 1993 Game Boy title and its 2019 Nintendo Switch remake. The four discs come in two jewel cases, whose covers are patterned after the two editions of the game, while housed in a cardboard slipcase decorated with an image of the eight magical instruments.

Music for the Nintendo Switch remake is by Ryo Nagamatsu, with brief excerpts streaming on zelda.com.

Zelda.com - Excerpts and commentary by compsoer Ryo Nagamatsu

Play-Asia - Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening Soundtrack [Limited Edition]