Nintendo revealed a lot of new titles for the Switch during their last Nintendo Direct, and many of them are up for pre-order at various retailers. Over on the Amazon side of things, it seems that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD caught the lion's share of attention from Nintendo Direct viewers.
On Amazon.com, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is the top game on the Best Selling chart. Digital code cards take the #1 through #5 spot, but The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is the first game to appear, taking the #6 position. The only other game in the top 10 is Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, which comes in at #7.
Over on Amazon UK, Zelda fans rushed the online retailer to lock in their pre-orders as well. It appears that things are going quite well for Link in the UK, as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD has shifted from open to closed pre-orders. Amazon UK has either already sold out of their allotment, or they've gotten too many pre-orders and aren't yet sure they'll have enough day-one stock to cover purchases.
A few more tidbits about titles revealed during yesterday's Nintendo Direct are sneaking out, all thanks to eShop listings. We now know that both The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and Miitopia are going to support amiibo in some way. Neither listing shares details on just what amiibo are compatible, nor do we know what they'll unlock. We'll have to hang tight for those details.
Nintendo is bringing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword to the Switch with an HD makeover, but just how different does it look when compared to the Wii version? Check out the videos above, which compare the Switch debut trailer to Wii footage.
Earlier today, Nintendo announced The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for Switch, and launching alongside that will be a set of new Joy-Con themed after the game. In the tweet above, you can check out more pics of the fancy design.
Modders continue to tweak The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in all sorts of interesting ways, and one of the latest pays tribute to a Zelda game that came before it.
Modder Waikuteru set his sights on The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, as he wanted to transport some of that classic experience to the open world of Breath of the Wild. The end result is bringing Skyward Sword's Skyloft into Breath of the Wild. As you can see in the video above, the results are downright impressive. Seeing this makes me miss both Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild!
As you might know, the GoNintendo Podcast has been going for a very long time. We cover a lot of topics throughout each episode, ranging from Nintendo to other video games, pop culture and more. Sometimes people don't have time for the full episode and just want the juiciest bits. That's where our new YouTube channel comes in!
We've just launched a GoNintendo Podcast Highlights channel on YouTube. Now you can tune in for specific segments from each episode. We'll do our best to highlight the most interesting/unique/funny bits from each show and upload them to the channel every week. Expect anywhere from 3-5 clips on the channel every week!
Our latest highlight is from episode 802, and it goes over a truly weird dream I had. The Wii U was a crucial piece of the dream, but I don't want to spoil the rest. Get ready for a wild ride!
What do you do while you wait for Nintendo to show off more of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2? You create custom content for Zelda: Breath of the Wild, of course!
A modder has managed to take Skyview Temple from Zelda: Skyward Sword and transplant it into Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You can see how the dungeon turned out in the video above. It even features custom background and battle music in shrines, as well as HD textures!
UPDATE - This listing has been removed, but we don't know why. That leaves us still wondering if this info leaked early, or if it was a complete mistake.
Let's be clear right up front. Amazon listings are sometimes spot-on, and sometimes complete mistakes. They have indeed given us early confirmation of new projects, along with giving false hope for titles that never existed. Please keep that in mind while taking on today's news.
Could Skyward Sword end up on the Switch at some point? It's certainly possible, but don't take this listing as proof positive. Switch's control scheme would certainly work well with Skyward Sword, and fan interest is there, but Nintendo hasn't shared even a tiny shred of confirmation on this topic so far.
What do you do when you're waiting for Nintendo to share new details on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2? You fiddle around with Breath of the Wild, of course!
Players have been performing all kinds of neat tricks and insane glitches in Breath of the Wild for years now, but today's content is quite a bit different. A new mod takes Breath of the Wild and marries it with a bit of Skyward Sword. As you'll see in the video above, the Sandship Dungeon from Skyward Sword has been plopped down into Breath of the Wild. It's not exactly the same as it was in Skyward Sword, but it's still pretty fun to see traveling around!
There’s no doubt about it: Nintendo titles consistently deliver some of the best soundtracks in video games.
And when you start to look into how they consistently meet such high standards, all searches lead back to one name, a man just as visionary and influential as Shigeru Myamoto.
That man is Koji Kondo.
Kondo is like a master chef in a fully stocked kitchen. He creates perfect themes regardless of what he has to work with — from the limitations of an 8-bit cartridge to cooperating with other composers who bring vastly different ideas.
His work has become a secret sauce for Nintendo’s tentpole franchises, something they sprinkle into any dish and instantly capture the magic we all expect from these games.
Sure, sound effects go a long way in establishing certain franchises or characters. But it’s usually the music that made these games resonate with us years or even decades after we played them.
Is Ocarina of Time as memorable without Zelda’s Lullaby or Saria’s Song? Does Mario become a global superstar without the Overworld or Peach’s Castle themes? Kondo earned his reputation, and it’s not hard to see why Nintendo would want him as a music supervisor on every major title.
This past decade brought big changes to Nintendo, especially in the form of new directors, programmers, and composers. But somehow, none of that is slowing Nintendo down.
Every new release raises the bar for its respective genre. Nintendo continues to imagine worlds, characters, and musical themes that create special memories for a new generation of gamers.
So, with that in mind, let’s spend some time paying respect to four of the best Nintendo game soundtracks of the decade.
#4. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Music composed by Hajime Wakai (lead), Shiho Fujii, Mahito Yokota, Takeshi Hama, and Koji Kondo (supervisor)
The Legend of Zelda is a founding father in the history of video games. It’s a major component behind Nintendo’s enduring success, and when you think of the Zelda games, it’s impossible to dismiss the role that Koji Kondo’s music played in this franchise.
You might be surprised to see Skyward Sword made the list instead of, say, Breath of the Wild. But it’s important to remember that while Breath of the Wild might be a better game, Skyward Sword took the franchise’s sense of adventure and “hero vs. villain” conflict to new heights.
After the resounding success of Twilight Princess, fans and critics have always been divided over Skyward Sword. But even with those debates, Skyward Sword brought us one of Nintendo’s strongest soundtracks of the decade.
There’s a lightness and optimism to the core themes, and that tone perfectly encapsulates the game. It’s a great — and traditional — example of Nintendo at its finest.
#3. Super Mario Galaxy 2
Music composed by Mahito Yokota (lead), Ryo Nagamatsu, and Koji Kondo (supervisor)
For almost a decade, Galaxy 2 was considered the best 3D Mario game ever made. And if you can manage to turn your attention away from the unique worlds, the gravity mechanics, and the sheer genius of the game design, you’ll get to enjoy an absolutely masterful soundtrack.
Originally, Galaxy 2 was intended to reuse music from its predecessor. But as the game continued to evolve and grow, the sound team (namely lead composer Mahito Yokota) realized that the project deserved new music to match the new worlds.
Unsurprisingly, Yokota was right — the soundtrack quickly became a favorite among fans. And while the music still pays homage to classic Mario games, it combines those tracks with an excellent original score.
#2. Super Mario Odyssey
Music composed by Naoto Kubo (lead), Shiho Fujii, and Koji Kondo
When you look at tracks like Shiveria Town, the New Donk City Festival song, or even the remastered version of Peach’s Castle from Mario 64, Odyssey’s soundtrack ranks up there among Nintendo’s absolute best.
Odyssey brought a very different (and in some cases “weird”) sound to the Mario franchise. The different kingdoms have unique sounds, and each one explores different music genres, time signatures, and instrument mashups.
And yet for all of that tinkering, the game still matches the joyful tone of the game. Odyssey managed to capture an almost childlike sense of wonder, and the soundtrack added to that.
It’s a special achievement for the Mario franchise and Nintendo’s poster child. And in any other decade it would be impossible to choose another soundtrack over Odyssey.
#1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Original music composed by Hideki Sakamoto (with help from dozens of other composers, including Koji Kondo)
Alright, this pick is a bit unfair to every other game released last decade. After all, how many other titles get the benefit of pulling songs from the best games of the past 30 years?
But in terms of ranking soundtracks, it’s impossible to ignore what Ultimate brings to the table. The game is a love letter to fans of every type of game, and it’s clearly something meant to celebrate the industry as a whole.
The soundtrack is so broad and expansive that you might as well think of it as an all-in-one Spotify playlist for the most influential songs of gaming history.
Series creator and director Masahiro Sakurai is an industry legend, and when it comes to developing a new Smash game, the biggest question is “Which fighters can we add to the roster?”
The current list of playable characters will reach an astounding 81 by the end of February 2020. Bringing that many characters and franchises together is an enormous (and somewhat terrifying) amount of work for a single game.
The roster size and the number of stages all play a part in choosing which songs to use, and Sakurai made a bold choice on how they would develop Ultimate’s soundtrack.
He took the list of games represented in the game, then reached out to the composers who worked on those titles. Then he asked those composers to determine how their pieces would be used in Ultimate. The entire process took well over a year before they had a final list of songs.
Developing Ultimate is the video game equivalent of assembling the Avengers. And the result is...well, maybe not “original” music, but it gave us an unforgettable mashup that represented our favorite characters, worlds, and songs.
The game’s 800+ tracks delivers a whopping 28 hours of music, and one of the most unique collections in the history of games. A soundtrack that special is just one more gift from Sakurai to us, and it easily deserves to be considered the best Nintendo soundtrack of the decade...if not ever.
Of course, 2020 kicks off a new decade. And while we saw big changes across Nintendo over the past few years, it’s clear that there are even more changes to come. Figures like Miyamoto, Sakurai, and Kondo are irreplaceable geniuses; they’re also mortal.
One thing we can be confident in — that we’ve seen for ourselves — is that the future of our favorite franchises are in capable hands. As much as I loved the games on this list (and the ones that didn’t make the cut), I’m already excited to see what the next decade has in store.
...and, of course, the soundtracks that will be stuck in my head for months at a time.
Drew Gula is the copywriter at Soundstripe, a royalty free music company that helps filmmakers and musicians do what they love. He's also a lifelong gamer who will happily debate why Ocarina of Time is still the greatest game ever made.