Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Secret of Mana is the bee's knees, isn't a secret that the music is fantastic
There are many wonderful video games on the SNES, which just so happens to be my favorite video game console, but Secret of Mana holds a special place in my heart. Well, I actually have a confession. I didn't play a game in the Mana series until the GBA remake of Final Fantasy Adventure, Sword of Mana. After that, I was hooked. I went to my local pawn shop to by a version of Secret of Mana, and left when then didn't have it. I looked all over the city trying to find myself a copy, and ended up buying a ridiculously expensive copy on ebay.
Luckily for me I was able to find the game, a multitap, and two friends to play the game with me, and had the time of my life. Squaresoft really had a handle on their franchises in the 90's when Japanese developers were king, and Secret of Mana was a prime example of how far ahead of their time they were. Drop in drop out multiplayer? Check. Customizable AI for computer controlled characters? Yup. Ring command menu for selecting everything from weapons to gameplay settings. Oh yeah, Secret of Mana had it all.
If you have a few Wii points to spare and are in need of an excellent action RPG, you really need to give Secret of Mana a download, no multitap required. One of the great things about Virtual Console is that lots of classic video games that would otherwise be too expensive to acquire are available for very little money. When you realize that a game like Secret of Mana can keep you occupied for 20+ hours, it is a steal to get it for under $10. Do it, you won't be disappointed.