Just when you think a Zelda shop theme can’t get any better (case in point: Ocarina of Time’s shop), Beedle’s theme comes along and steals the spotlight with its super catchy beat. Honestly, like the endless waves of the Great Ocean, The Wind Waker has a constant flow of upbeat music. One minute you’re sailing through the seas with a triumphant tune accompanying you, and the next you’re bobbing your head along to a bouncy beat while buying bombs from a seaborne business.
In fact, I’d forgotten just how much I love Beedle’s Shop’s theme until I came across ThunderScott’s reorchestrated version. It reminded me of all those well-needed
Medli’s Melodies is a series in which we choose our favorite songs from The Legend of Zelda franchise, or highlight a special piece of music from the perpetually creative fan community. Music has always such been such an integral component of Zelda games, and we’re here to celebrate that every week!
The variety of instruments in ThunderScott’s remix work well at maintaining the original, tropical tune while also adding more fullness to it. From the bongos and the guitar to the guiro and the cowbell, each one has a crisp sound that makes you appreciate how much creativity and depth this piece has, which is what makes it so memorable. But more specifically, I really enjoy the emphasis on the trumpet in this remix; it gives Beedle’s already-chill theme an even smoother, almost bossa nova vibe.
I talked about this a bit in my six favorite 3D Zelda shops article, but Beedle really is a joy to visit, and the music is a huge part of it. Not only is it fun to hum along to, but it perfectly reflects Beedle’s excitable, cheery personality. Whenever you visit him, he’s so thrilled to have a customer!
And wouldn’t you know it, I found a way to make the music even more entertaining. Whenever I browsed his store, I often found myself dancing along to the beat: I’d bob Link’s head up and down with the crouch animation, or sidestep with Z-targeting, along to the beat of the music. I usually ended up staying in the store way longer than necessary — no doubt to Beedle’s hidden annoyance — giggling to myself about how