Zelda Symphony – New Tour Dates Announced For ‘The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses’

Ad explains for itself, the wonderful Zelda orchestra is touring again!

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NEW TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 'THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SYMPHONY OF THE GODDESSES'
REDMOND, Wash., April 22, 2013 – By popular demand, "The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses" concert series is returning with "Season 2" to eight cities from last year’s tour and is coming soon to even more locations in North America. Based on one of the most popular and beloved video game series of all time, the tour features live orchestral performances of theme music from Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda franchise. The newly announced dates include:

  • Returning due to popular demand:

Newly coming to:

In cities where the tour will be returning, audiences can expect to experience breathtaking new material exploring additional chapters from The Legend of Zelda franchise, along with traditional performances of the show’s now-classic repertoire from last season.

The name "Symphony of the Goddesses" refers not only to the concert program but also to the four-movement symphony recounting the classic storylines from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The performance also will highlight orchestral renditions of music from other games in the series including The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, new suites chronicling the handheld adventures from The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, as well as a special arrangement from the latest entry, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Eímear Noone will conduct the full orchestra with arrangements by music director Chad Seiter, and the evening will be hosted by concert producer and lead creative Jeron Moore.

Guests will relish their favorite moments from the now-27-year-old series, carefully and beautifully timed with a gorgeous orchestral score approved by Nintendo sound director and Zelda franchise composer Koji Kondo. The concert is a festive experience for all walks of fans, many of whom attend "cosplaying" as their favorite characters.

"The demand for Zelda is amazing, and this special concert will deliver an unforgettable experience for fans " notes Jason Michael Paul, CEO of Jason Michael Paul Productions, which is producing the concert tour. "These performances transcend culture and geography and unite people through a common love for this venerable and legendary series."

Fans can view a complete tour schedule with ticketing information, and also sign up for a regularly updated digital newsletter, at http://zelda-symphony.com. Club Nintendo members can enjoy an exclusive 15 percent discount to the show by logging into their accounts and looking for the discount code on the Symphony of the Goddesses banner. Consumers that are not Club Nintendo members can join for free at https://club.nintendo.com/. Exclusive concert packs also are available at select GameStop locations.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4 billion video games and more than 651 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

About Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc: A pioneer and leader in the live symphonic concert industry, Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc. has been responsible for producing world-renowned concerts including events for The Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Dear Friends ~ Music from FINAL FANTASY, More Friends ~ Music from FINAL FANTASY and the currently touring and highly-acclaimed PLAY! A Video Game Symphony.

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More Details About Etrian Odyssey: Millenium Girl

Hit the link for full details, the most important one for me is the confirmation of having a classic mode. So in addition to having a new campaign/normal rpg style mode we also will have the original game included!

For those that have never heard of Etrian Odyssey (EO) I’ll give you a quick synopsis of the series. It’s essentially the digital, video game, version of tabletop rpg gaming. Think of the Parker Bros. Monopoly game. I hate playing the real game, even though I rock at it, because set up and clean up are such a drag. I like the video game versions because it streamlines or eliminates most of the tedium of playing Monopoly so that I can enjoy the actual game quicker that what would otherwise be available. The limitations of it being a video game are that I can’t place many custom rules or additions into the game like I can in the actual board game.

In EO you don’t have to set up the environment, roll dice or read through every description or work out many abstract things since a single experience is provided to players. You go into a dungeon with many levels, fight monsters, collect items/loot, map out the world and escape to save your progress. Your strength is directly measurable not just in your characters levels but also in how far you can safely make it through the labyrinth. Unlike a game like Final Fantasy XIII you have a great amount of freedom in how you may assemble your party and progress through the game. Your main goal is to just make it to the last level and create a map of the entire dungeon.

There is very little actual exposition or a main plot, at least not in how you may be conditioned to experience them in other rpgs or even Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). Unlike D&D, you can’t create your own missions or maps (just creating a map of an already created area). That would be a limitation of the game that I hope the series may eventually tackle. Even with that limitation it’s still a very rich and engaging experience. It’s actually one of the best not just on the DS or 3DS but period. It’s like the nerd version of a women’s Nike ad.

“Just you, your sword and the labyrinth. The monsters don’t care if you have acne, the npc’s won’t criticize your map making talents. You won’t have to argue about who’s paying for the pizza this session or where everyone is at. The game doesn’t make you set it up or clean it up. It can be called upon even at the twilight hour, on the bus or the porcelain throne. Etrian Odyssey, no bs – just fun.”