Stephen Colbert continues to show a love and admiration for the video game industry, having now invited the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses orchestra to perform on his late night US talk show. Their performance coincides with an ongoing world tour.
The orchestra performed a new arrangement written for The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, the new co-op game set for release on Nintendo's 3DS handheld. During the performance, clips were shown from the new game and from previous Zelda titles including A Link to the Past, Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, and Ocarina of Time.
In an excellent touch, conductor Amy Andersson uses a Wind Waker wand to orchestrate her musicians. You can watch the performance below.
Symphony of the Goddesses performed at the Barclays Center in New York prior to their appearance on The Late Show and are following that up with dates in Utah, Texas, and Oregon. They will then perform across Europe – including dates in Barcelona, Rome and Dublin – before returning to the US in 2016. Next April they will make their way to the UK to perform at Wembley Arena.
Colbert took over The Late Show in early September, replacing legendary host David Letterman, who retired after 22 years in the chair. Since he took over, Colbert has had YouTuber PewDiePie on as a guest, and Hello Games' Sean Murray, who showed off ambitious space exploration game No Man's Sky.
Colbert has been praised by those in the industry for the treatment of his guests, not belittling the gaming pastime or using their appearance as an opportunity to mock. He is an unashamed geek (famously he's a huge fan of JRR Tolkein) and a gamer. Last year he invited critic Anita Sarkeesian on to his previous show The Colbert Report during the height of the GamerGate controversy.