(This review covers both the original and the remake)
I give one of the SNES era's most popular and well-liked RPGs...a 71/100 for the original, and an 82/100 for the remake.
Final Fantasy is one of the most famous and popular video games in the entire gaming industry, so much so that it spawned several spin-offs that eventually wound up becoming their own series. Such was the case with the Mana series. It first started off as a video game, Final Fantasy Adventure, an obvious side story for Final Fantasy that basically told its own story, not linked to any games in the series. But someone looked at the game and asked, "Hey, why don't we make this into its own series?" And thus, Secret of Mana was born. Made in 1993 (The year I was born) for the Super Nintendo, it really pushed the boundaries of what the SNES could do in terms of gameplay, visuals, graphics, interfaces, and the usage of multiplayer. I never gave this game a second thought during my childhood as I didn't own a SNES. From what I've heard, it was originally going to be put onto a CD add-on feature for the SNES, which could store far more content than a cartridge could, making it much more ambitiously expansive than any video game could hope to achieve at the time. Unfortunately, the partnership between Nintendo and Sony collapsed, so any plans to make the CD game were completely nixed. As a result, nearly 40% of the game's content was removed so the game could fit into the SNES's tiny cartridge space. Having played both the original and the remake, both of which I'll talk about here, I can say that...this shows. A lot.
(more to come soon)