Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions | Blasting Off at the Speed of Light

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For those of you who don’t know, this past weekend was my 25th birthday. I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do for such a milestone, but I wanted it to be memorable. I started thinking about it months ago when I found out the Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions show was going to be in the DFW area the night of my birthday.

Naturally, I ordered my ticket immediately.

Now, if you recall, I am a rather big fan of music, especially video game music, and hearing it performed live is an otherworldly experience. You’re almost transported into the game world when you see the conductor and hear the orchestra and watch the scenes from the different games play out on the big screen. That’s why I was so disappointed with the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert I saw last year. There was no heart, no charisma, from the producer or the orchestra.

Such is not the case with Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions.

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Not-So-Master Quest | The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses

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One of the greatest aspects of Nintendo’s varied and venerable franchises is the music. From Mario to Metroid, these melodies have managed to embed themselves into our collective consciousness (I mean, who doesn’t know the Super Mario Bros. theme by heart?). But I’d argue that the one franchise Nintendo has consistently composed the best music for is The Legend of Zelda.

Zelda is a special brand of video game. Each game is woven into an intricate, three-pronged timeline, creating a living, breathing history of legends that all tell the same basic story. The courageous hero Link must save, and then work together with Princess Zelda to overthrow the dark lord, Ganon. It’s a franchise that many other developers have tried to replicate, but none have been able to capture the essence of what makes The Legend of Zelda great — and that is largely thanks to the music.

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