Music: Top VGM STKs #9 – Secret of Mana

Secret of Mana delivered one of the most evocative soundtracks from the Super NES, full of diverse instrumentation, wild compositions, and tracks dripping with emotion and purpose. Hiroki Kikuta’s video game career as a musician began with this title, and he was given free reign in terms of how to create the soundtrack (with tracks…

Opinion: My Top 25 Gaming Box Arts

Box art is a key element towards a game’s marketing muscle; it was once upon a time a major indicator what a game might contain within, and is typically carefully designed to attract customers in through compelling artwork and strong character designs. Ideally. There are far too many examples of poorly executed box art, ones…

Music: The Top 10 of My Top 100 VGM

So now that I’ve wrapped up that Top 100 VGM list finally, I wanted to share the ten songs I adore the most in order! Home Sweet Home, Beyond Good & Evil, Christophe Heral, PS2/GC/Xbox/PC, UBI Soft, 2003 – Five Modern RPG & Action/Adventure Tunes from my Top 100 Stage 1/5, Batman, Naoki Kodaka, NES,…

Opinion: Artistic Discussion – 9/3/2017

Secret of Mana (SNES, Square Soft) I adore the box art for this game. It’s so delightfully lush and green and dripping with detail. It is the epitome of classy, beautiful illustration. And the logo just manages to fit in without being intrusive at all. In my book, there’s only a small handful of cases of…

Opinion: Let’s rank the SNES Classic line-up – Part 3

Secret of Mana Of all the games on the SNES Classic, this is the one I feel the most conflicted about. Secret of Mana is a fascinating game that has a lot of positives: an amazing soundtrack that still stands as one of the best on the system, great spritework, a compelling multiplayer component and…

Music – Five Great “Overworld” Themes

Time to tackle a few more of my favorite songs from my Top 100! This time I’ll share five of my favorite overworld themes, which I’m defining as a track that takes place in a game space not considered a town or an overall level theme from, say, Mega Man or Contra. Secret of Mana…