Water cooler moments are often what marks out a game as memorable, as opposed to merely fun, diverting, or technically brilliant. How many times do you find yourself compelled to tell your friends about that spectacular, emergent, anti-porcine collapse in Angry Birds for example, compared to the braggadocio multiplayer epics like Halo or World of warcraft inspire?

Then you have the inimitable Legend(s) of Zelda. In this case, those extra-game social moments of which I speak are often comprised of sing-alongs as much as spoken words, as much wistful reminiscing as examples of personal finesse. It makes perfect sense for a game that has valued, made central and even kind of traded on music and sound since its early days (when a few beeps and blips were all the NES could manage). Be it a conductor’s baton, the iconic ocarina, or in the forthcoming Skyward Sword a harp, Link relies as much on his musicianship as he does his swordplay or puzzle solving to win the day, and the hearts of millions.

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Nintendo’s favourite elfin heroes, the London Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra brought Koji Kondo’s motifs, themes and soundtracks to life before the ears of thousands of fans. A fitting celebration and barely self-serving in the slightest, it provided a rare opportunity for the unsung star of the series to take thrilling flight. Backed by a projection screen with animated landscapes that gave frequent way to segments of gameplay from the various games, and introduced by Zelda Rae Williams (Robin’s daughter, no Robbie’s...), the concert entertained plenty of context and fan service.

The programme was a cornucopia of delights, from old favourites to a sneak peak of Skyward Sword’s central theme. Highlights (hard to pick as every piece was uniformly stirring) would have to include the series of Ocarina of Time call and responses tied in with introducing each element of the orchestra itself, the galloping Gerudo Valley theme and and a heart-wrenching rendition of one of the original themes by Koji Kondo himself, who had, surreptitiously replaced the pianist without anyone noticing.

It was quite something to be part of so many people so excited to be at a concert. When Zelda announced, almost off-hand, that Majora’s Mask was her favourite game, the crowd went wild. After every pause producer Eiji Aonuma made whilst waiting for his translator, the crowd went wild (despite the majority, presumably, not understanding a word...but they certainly felt them). It was testament to the event itself that the fan-service was so so graciously received.

Eiji mentioned how videogames are unique in that you really live that character and attach strong feelings and memories to them, and now probably even body movements. Either way, the concert was an absolute triumph, evidently, and it was as much a transportation into the Zelda universe as it was back to one’s own memories and associations. Fittingly, a recording of the concert will be included with the special edition of The Skyward Sword, a poignant combination of a nostalgic reminder of Zelda games past and the fever-pitch excitement of a new, kinetic installment.