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The Song of Time is Secretly Hidden Within the Demo of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Nintendo stepped back from hosting a conventional press conference and their signature Directs for this year’s E3, opting instead to feature a handful of their upcoming titles through two days of Treehouse Live streaming from the show floor. Gamers were finally given an extensive look at The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild after over a year of silence since the 2014 Game Awards, and more secrets from the game continue to surface today.

YouTubers have discovered a familiar tune from the series hidden within the E3 demo of
Breath of the Wild. Longtime fans will no doubt recognize it as the “Song of Time” from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, though the song can’t be typically heard without speeding up footage. Check it out above!

The “Song of Time” reappears as the background music for the dilapidated Temple of Time, albeit it being a choppier, hollower rendition of the famous track in its original rhythm—fitting, considering the ruined state the Temple is in within the game’s setting. The music direction in
Breath of the Wild will make for a more minimalistic soundtrack for its overworld, rather than using traditionally composed themes for the various and diverse areas within the world of Hyrule like in previous Zelda titles, so it is nonetheless impressive to see fans recognize and identify these subtle audio cues from what little has been shown of the game itself.

This isn’t the first time Nintendo experimented with music from the
Zelda series in this fashion. A prime example of this would be the “Ballad of the Goddess”—the featured theme song of Skyward Sword—which was discovered to be “Zelda’s Lullaby” arranged in reverse.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches in March 2017 for both the Wii U and NX. Preorder it now via Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy!

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Jeffrey McDonell
Jeffrey is a writer for Gamnesia and The Sonic Stadium, and a pianist obsessed with video game music. Loves all things Nintendo to a fault, and enjoys long walks on the Green Hill Zone. Pretty much Gamnesia's resident Sonic fan, my dude.

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