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Video of the Day: A close examination of the soundtrack for the ‘Secret of Mana’

As action-RPGs started to gain in popularity in the mid 90’s, many game companies began cashing in on this new trend. Square (now Square Enix) developed and produced possibly the 2nd best game of the 16-bit era: Secret of Mana. The sequel to the 1991 game Seiken Densetsu (released in North America as Final Fantasy Adventure) isn’t quite as epic as Square’s Final Fantasy series of games, but Secret of Mana is a visually stunning, and highly original, action-packed role-playing title that’s become one of the most beloved RPGs ever created. Unlike its 16-bit contemporaries Final Fantasy III and Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana is an active-time RPG — in other words, its battles take place in real-time. This unique battle system is just one of the many reasons Mana is still recognized today as one of the best games ever made. It also offered another major breakthrough for the genre; Secret of Mana allowed for up to three players to control your party members if you had the proper setup (the game cartridge, the system, three controllers and the SNES Super Multitap accessory). Each character is distinctly individual and all three of the characters must work together in order for the party to succeed. The game received considerable acclaim for its bright colorful graphics, expansive plot, its Ring Command menu system and the incredible soundtrack by Hiroki Kikuta. The fine folks over at iRetroGamer have put together a video which celebrates the musical legacy of this 16-bit release and highlights some of the best songs in the game. Squaresoft proved yet again that it is indeed one of the world’s master RPG makers. Watch the video below and see just how good the game looks and sounds to this day.

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