Nintendo removes various soundtracks from YouTube, fans retaliate on Twitter

Nintendo removes soundtracks The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time YouTube

Nintendo is often relentless with issues surrounding copyright, regardless of if it is fan games, YouTube videos, or whatever else it deems damaging to its IP. The company has now decided to block the entire The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time soundtrack from YouTube, in addition to other Nintendo soundtracks from its library of games. This took place on Dec. 8, with YouTuber GilvaSunner reporting that Nintendo had blocked a variety of his videos. GilvaSunner is a video game soundtrack archivist and does not monetize any of his videos to avoid this kind of situation.

If you are like me, you probably enjoy listening to music from your favorite games while working on something. So The Legend of Zelda fans have decided to have a little fun with the Big N on Twitter. Nintendo occasionally likes to encourage engagement with its fans by imposing light-hearted questions through tweets. A tweet from a year ago was discovered where Nintendo asked Zelda fans what their favorite piece of music is from the game.

Zelda fans have started to reply to this tweet with screenshots of the “Video Unavailable” screen and saying things like, “This song is a bop.” Someone even created a comical edit of all the replies Nintendo is receiving.

Nintendo has been making some controversial decisions over the last month, as the recent actions it took against the Super Smash Bros. Melee and Splatoon tournaments, in addition to its C&D toward Etikons, were quite disappointing as well. Not being able to listen to your favorite Nintendo music is disheartening since there’s no real way to listen to them without booting up the game. Occasionally official soundtracks are made available for purchase, but they’re often hard to get a hold of.

A variety of Nintendo soundtracks are still available to listen to on YouTube, but who knows how long this will last?


Jaimie Ditchfield
Freelance Writer. Work seen on GGRecon, Zelda Universe, and BackToTheGaming. Studied Games Journalism and PR for three years, and is relentless at spreading his love for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.