You may have noticed that we’re doing a video game music festival while the summer months are still here, but you’re also wondering why we haven’t included the biggest music of all.
Fear not! I’m here to save the day by sorting through EVERY UNIQUE VERSION OF THE LEGEND OF ZELDA FAIRY FOUNTAIN. That is correct, it is a
slow news day very important use of my time, which nobody asked me to do, not even. We will start with the “worst” and move on to the “best.”
And please, before everyone goes into the comments and tells me I’m wrong: try listening (at the time of writing) to 22 different versions of the same song and come out the other side with your sanity intact. Also, tell me your ranking and we can compare our grades!
23. Fairy Queen (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, 2002)
The Wind Waker has two versions of Fairy Fountain, and this is worst. Fairy Queen is a strangely inspired take on carnival, to accompany the spooky and flirty child queen of fairies. Listen, I don’t like the Fairy Queen and I don’t like her song.
Don’t get me wrong, it does exactly what it is supposed to do. You have been led to believe that the Fairy Queen is a huge, matronly lady, only to find out that she is a girl. It is unsettling. That doesn’t mean I have to like it.
22. Choose your adventure (The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, 2004)
The Four Swords Adventures title screen is a version of Fairy Fountain that sounds familiar, but apparently completely hers. It’s louder than the original A Link To The Past, and it also has a different tone than Ocarina. I think this one is a bit subtle and unoriginal; It’s certainly a very small Fairy Fountain, but it doesn’t offer anything new for the tried and tested formula to set it apart.
21. Archive selection (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, 2011)
I’m being mean here, but I have to be to separate these issues – this one sounds a bit like someone playing the harp with a screwdriver and a date to be in five minutes. I really like Skyward Sword’s music, but this one just annoys me in the wrong way – it’s weirdly rushed, weird-paced, and kind of … sound angry? Somehow? I like the ropes that rise, but they arrive a little late; The rest has already scared me.
For a game involving the harp, I would have expected something a little more interesting from Skyward Sword. This, to me, is not. Sorry.
20. Lucky Lobby Ball fairy fountain (The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, 2015)
This is a secret, which is achieved by keeping the Lucky Lobby Ball in the air while you wait for new matches. Is not… great, and neither does Tri Force Heroes, but it’s a nice little secret anyway – it’s a shame that you have to include the noise of the sword sliding when you’re actually playing the game. On the other hand, I have grown a bit, like a little metronome. Bwep.
There’s also an 8-bit version if you wear the timeless robe!
19. Fountain of the fairies (The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, 2007)
Having to create a fairy font that can compete with the previous Zelda game Twilight Princess, but is still functional on the limited hardware of the DS, must be tricky, and the Phantom Hourglass fairy font doesn’t stand out as a result. . It’s a little too synthetic, a little mute. An average take, I think.
18. Fountain of the fairies (The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, 2013)
A link between worlds has Three versions of Fairy Fountain, and this is the one that is actually used as the fairy fountain theme. This is the worst of the bunch, but it’s still well… it’s a bit too fast, and there’s a strange off-beat harp in the background that makes it weirdly eerie, like there’s a song playing in another room. As far as Fairy Fountain themes go, this one isn’t nearly as magical as the others.
17. Archive selection (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, 2006)
We’re starting to reach out to the good guys, rather than the ones that are a bit out of place for some reason. The Twilight Princess version of the file selection screen is pretty simple, so there’s not much to quibble about.
However … I’m not 100% sold on this one, to be honest. The piano playing seems a bit blunt, and while I am well aware that I am trying to find almost anything to clarify the differences at this point, I think I am right. I’m finding that I prefer the smoother file selection screens.
16. Fountain of the fairies (Hyrule Warriors, 2014)
I guess it’s no wonder Hyrule Warriors didn’t do a totally wild version of a classic, but with the frank strange things they did to the Zelda timeline, I think they probably could have done it anyway. This shot is good, don’t get me wrong, it’s kind of boring!
15. Archive selection (The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap, 2004)
At this point in the Zelda series, Fairy Fountain has become one of the most recognizable tunes, especially for the file selection screen. Minish Cap’s file selection shot is nothing that surprises you, but it’s a lot more serious than the rest, making it look a bit more grown-up. It’s fine.
14. Great Fairy Fountain (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 2017)
This is so quick, but it really fits in with the fairy fonts in Breath of the Wild – they’re hard to find, a bit puzzling, and exciting. Your heart beats to the rhythm of this fast version of a giant woman coming out of a flower, screaming and then eating you; it almost feels like he’s trying to keep up with himself.
Honestly, the whole experience of finding a Fairy Fountain in Breath of the Wild is much more than the sum of its parts; the song itself takes a backseat to the absolute joy / terror of the great lady. It’s not a particularly exciting version (in my opinion), and the speed is a bit excessive, but in the game itself, the theme plays very quietly in the background.
13. Fountain of the fairies (The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap, 2004)
The Minish Cap fairies are a bit different than the usual ones. Instead of the average fairy queen, each one is based on insects: the great butterfly fairy, the great dragonfly fairy, and the great short-lived fairy, in keeping with the game’s “you’re really little” theme.
The Fairy Fountain version in Minish Cap is a little slower, a little warmer, and a little more sleepy than the others, but not by much. It is solid; but it is not reinventing itself.
12. Fairy Fountain / File Select (The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past, 1991)
The OG, the mold all other fairy fonts were made in, A Link to the Past version is used for the home screen and the fountains scattered across the map. It has a great tempo and manages to sound like scintillating harp music despite being 16-bit music. But I can’t give it maximum points for being the original – later versions, with more orchestral takes, definitely improved upon the excellent foundation ALTTP established.
I’m not saying it’s bad, without this version, I wouldn’t even have been able to write this article, I’m just saying we have to get started somewhere.