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 4

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars   Square delivered a rather intriguing spin on Mario with their RPG effort, setting into motion other efforts by Intelligent Systems and Alphadream in the future. However, both Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi don’t entirely follow the blueprint Square laid down for their origin point, letting SMRPG…

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…

Opinion: Let’s rank the SNES Classic line-up – Part 2

Final Fantasy III While I haven’t finished FFIII (aka VI) quite yet, it is absolutely a crucial piece of SNES history and one of the best RPG’s on the system. Of course, I would have nominated Chrono Trigger if I had my way, but I’m afraid Final Fantasy has the branding recognition AND the first…

Opinion: Enemy Encounters – Metal King Slimes (Dragon Quest)

Metal King Slimes (Dragon Quest, Square-Enix) Dragon Quest came up with a kooky idea for an enemy; one of the run-of-the-mill slimes but coated in metal. This increases their defense tenfold, but managing to slay one would net a heavy chunk of experience. Unfortunately for the player, metal slimes of all types tend to be…

Music – Chrono Trigger’s “Outskirts of Time”

Have you ever had a talk with somebody who somehow manages to make something you couldn’t quite piece together on your own suddenly collide together? I had such a chat today with a friend that managed to fill some of the gaping holes I had generated regarding my life the past couple years. It’s pretty…

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…