Nintendo kicks off symphony concert tour to celebrate 25 years of Zelda

How do you mark 25 years of the iconic video game The Legend of Zelda? But, of course, you kick off a symphony concert tour.  Nintendo, which first released the adventure game in February 1986, has chosen to celebrate the game with a 70-piece orchestra and full choir, which will perform new arrangements of songs from the game.

The first performance is scheduled for October 21 at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. Other concerts will be held throughout the country in 2012.

The Legend of Zelda has few peers in the pantheon of video game giants, and the games and their music have always shared a deep connection,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Through these concerts, fans nationwide will be able to gather and show their love for the quarter century of action, adventure and excitement that The Legend of Zelda games have brought to their lives.”

The company has set up a Web site to showcase some of the music from the game, originally composed by Nintendo’s Koji Kondo. (Close followers of the GeekWire podcast also will recall that it was the answer to one of our “Tech Tune” trivia questions).

It may seem a little odd to create a symphony around a video game. But, as we told you earlier this year, The Seattle Symphony earlier this summer performed music from 25 popular video games (including Zelda) while projecting images from the games overhead.

Here’s the Boston Symphony performing the Zelda theme: