The Wonderful Characters of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

One of the things I’ve been enjoying the most about The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is the way Hyrule has been fleshed out with unique characters. From key players returning from A Link to the Past to shopkeepers borne straight out of the pages of the original Legend of Zelda’s instruction manual, the sheer variety of characters in the game makes this decades-old version of Hyrule feel lived-in, rather than just recycled.

One of my favorite new characters introduced in A Link Between Worlds is the bard, who, along with his little buddy with the flute, plays stunning renditions of dozens of classic Legend of Zelda tunes. It’s not a particularly innovative little Easter egg — RPGs have been doing this for decades — but for fans of the series’ excellent music, it’s just nice to be able to hear some new renditions of some of our old favorites.

Check out this brief video featuring the bard’s rendition of “Zelda’s Lullaby,” first heard in A Link to the Past and made popular in Ocarina of Time:

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds comes out next friday, November 22nd; our review will hit this Thursday at 10AM PST. Stay tuned!