In celebration of the Nintendo Switch and one of its phenomenal games, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the company announced that it's set to release a five-disc limited edition soundtrack containing hundreds of tracks of the game.
Nintendo and Zelda fans in the United States or anywhere outside of Japan won't be able to buy it, though. Also, it's pretty expensive.
While Nintendo has already released a "Sound Selections" soundtrack CD in the Master and Special edition bundles, the new package goes nuts. The boxed set will include each one of Manaka Kataoka's 211 tracks found in the game, in addition to tracks from the game's DLC, Champions' Ballad and The Master Trials. Plus music used in the trailers will also be included. The full track list can be found on this website.
Breath Of The Wild Soundtrack Boxed Set
Nintendo will release two versions of the boxed set, a special one and a normal, cheaper one. The special edition costs JPY 7,000 — about $66 — which adds a Zelda-inspired "Play Button" that's also doubles as a standalone music player. Songs cannot be added to the music player, though, but it comes preloaded with 15 tracks.
The normal edition costs JPY 5,000 — about $47. The boxed set will launch on April 25 in Japan. No word yet on whether Nintendo is planning for an international release, but that seems unlikely.
For most, the price seems a little outrageous, but spending $66 on five CDs seems like a pretty fair deal, especially considering that Breath of the Wild's music library contains brilliant, sweeping soundscapes that complement the game's lush sceneries and cinematic environments.
Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
Many critics have hailed Breath of the Wild as the 2017's best video game, and they're not wrong. The game has already become the second fastest-selling Zelda title to date, and it's been lauded as a radical direction in the whole series, largely because of its open-world exploration mechanics that's implemented ingeniously. The game is so excellent, in fact, that it's extremely difficult to imagine how Nintendo plans to follow it up. The next Zelda game has some big shoes to fill.
Most recently, the game won the top Game of the Year prize at the DICE awards, a prestigious video game awards ceremony. Earlier, in November, it also snapped up Game of the Year at The Game Awards, beating Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Super Mario Odyssey.