Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was the best GameBoy game ever made this side of Tetris, so it only made perfect sense that when the GameBoy Color was released, Nintendo would release a DX version. Link’s Awakening DX contains 79 songs (versus 67 in the original). The soundtrack has an amazing selection of music, with a unique song for each dungeon (something not even A Link to the Past had at that time) for over 1 hour of music in the DX version. Out of these, my favorite is the sad-sweet “Ballad of the Wind Fish”, here sung by Marin.
The Wind Fish which is – as the great sages of Koholint Island tell us – “neither wind nor fish” (oookaaay…) sleeps inside a giant egg at the top of Mt. Tamaranch. Waking the Wind Fish destroys the dream of the island, and everyone on it except Link and the Wind Fish fades into memory. Therefore, saving the island from the Nightmare comes at a bitter price, one that is foretold through the sadness at the heart of the “Ballad of the Wind Fish”. Was it all just a dream…?
Though played only on a single instrument (a square wave emulating Marin’s voice), the mournful calling of a siren across the endless waves is full of an emotion that is deep as the sea. Read the rest of this entry ?