Play That Funky Ocarina, Hylian Boy: Zelda and Mario Songbooks Come Stateside

on January 24, 2012 4:00 PM

Oh, Alfred Music Publishing, you’ve just captured the hearts of many a Mario and Zelda music aficionado. The company has four songbooks for both Nintendo franchises available for the first time in English. Each of the four books — three for Mario, one for Zelda — contains more than 30 arrangements fans of the respective franchises can learn. The Super Mario Series for Guitar and its Easy Piano companion are available in print only and Super Mario Series for Piano and Zelda Series for Piano are available in both print and digital forms.

The Mario guitar and easy piano books retail for $18 and both regular piano collections sell for $20. Of course, avid fans of video game music don’t need no stinkin’ retailers to show them the ropes. The Nobuo Uematsu fan site has had sheet music downloads available for some time now.

The biggest difference between the Uematsu site and Alfred Music is that the latter has the official Nintendo seal of approval. That’s right, folks: These are officially licensed goods we’re talking about here. If you’re anything like me, you used to sneak into your high school’s choir room at every opportunity to learn “Zelda’s Lullaby” by ear.  Either that or you had parents who “cared” enough to buy you “lessons.”

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.