Orchestra not needed in Twilight Princess, says Kondo

Would Twilight Princess have sounded better with orchestrated music? Kondo doesn't think so

Nintendo's game music guru, Koji Kondo, says that he "didn't see the need" for fully orchestrated music in Twilight Princess.

According to the highly respected composer, who's responsible for much of the music in Mario and Zelda games, the decision not to use an orchestra was not influenced by a lack of cash or time.

"In the end it was not about the time or budget; we had the time and the budget, and it wasn't a Nintendo philosophical stance", Kondo told IGN.

"Basically while we were working on the game and creating the music, we never really felt that this was a place that needed a full orchestra. We never got the feeling that 'Oh this would be a place that could make more of an impact with a full orchestra'. We just didn't see the need for it this time," he explained.

The only orchestrated piece in the whole game is the powerful score that backs the "attract" movie, which you can see if you leave the game idle for a few moments on the title screen (or watch it here on CVG). It's an awesome piece, too - which leads us to wonder how amazing the game would have sounded were it entirely orchestrated.

What do you think? Would TP have been an even more immesive experience with an orchestra? Let us know in the comments section below.