Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda has been delighting video game players for generations on a variety of different screens, but it’s a safe bet that this is the first time Link and his pals have appeared on CBS’ The Late Show. If Stephen Colbert wasn’t the most nerd-friendly talk show host coming into last night’s show, then inviting a 74-piece symphony orchestra to the Ed Sullivan Theater in order to play a medley of live Zelda music certainly helped his case.
The performance by The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses was in celebration (and in the name of product placement) of Nintendo’s release of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes game for the Nintendo 3DS system on October 23rd. The Late Show house band “Jon Batiste and Stay Human” got in on the action and played a bit of the theme song backstage before the big performance. You can watch both below.
Jon Batiste and Stay Human are a Triforce to be reckoned with. Or in this case: Quadforce.
Rejoice, nerds! This is the music that awaits you in heaven. “The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes” for the Nintendo 3DS System is available October 23rd. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is currently on a World Tour.
Those of you who appreciate video game music or live symphony orchestras enough to seek them out in concert venues should check out The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses at their website and follow along with their Twitter account.
— Zelda Symphony (@zeldasymphony) October 14, 2015
Or if it’s more than Zelda music you are after, definitely check out the touring concert Video Games Live, which showcases local symphonies who perform a wide selection of game music played to montages of video game footage. It’s an excellent way to combine the nerd love in your life with a little bit of culture.