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Watch: Super nerd Stephen Colbert hosted an epic orchestral performance of Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda”

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It goes without saying that Stephen Colbert—who once broke character on The Colbert Report to school actor James Franco in J.R.R. Tolkien trivia—is a humongous nerd.

The Late Show host took his love for all things fantasy-related a step further last night (Oct. 13) when he invited a full, 74-piece orchestra plus choir to perform music from Nintendo’s classic video game series, The Legend of Zelda.

The “Symphony of the Goddesses” orchestra played famous Zelda cues, as well as themes from The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, a new Zelda game coming out Oct. 23 for Nintendo 3DS. The orchestra is performing in select US cities through October, after which it will tour across Europe and return to the US in January.

Before the show aired, CBS teased the performance with a more stripped-down Zelda rendition by the Late Show house band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human:

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