Having spent the last week or so playing through Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, one of the best parts of the game is the stunning soundtrack. While Kingdom Battle was developed internally by Ubisoft, composer Grant Kirkhope's soundtrack captured that Nintendo vibe and made the game sound authentic from start to finish.
Talking to UK gaming magazine GamesMaster Kirkhope said that, while he enjoyed working on the music for a Mario game, his dream job would be with Nintendo's Hylian hero.
I’d love to get on to Zelda, I think. I’ve got to get to touch Zelda somehow. And I can’t imagine it would ever happen, but I would love to mess around with that… my favorite game of all time is Zelda: Link To The Past on the Super NES, that’s without a doubt my favorite game… the soundtrack to that is awesome. That little dungeon tune you have in there, it’s only like a 30-second loop, but you never get tired of hearing it, it’s just so fantastic. And the main theme is just the best in the world, right? It’s just like, I’d love to, that’s never going to happen, right? But Zelda would be awesome. To get to touch something like Zelda would be amazing.
Kirkhope's music in my mind will always be associated with Nintendo memories, not least the sounds of Banjo Kazooie. It's all pie in the sky but I would personally love to see a Zelda game with his score, and Kingdom Battle certainly shows he's up to it.