The early 90’s was a fantastic time period to be gamer because there were so many unforgettable 2D role playing game titles that was released during the 16-bit era. One of the most rememberable action role playing games from the early 90’w was the Secret of Mana which was developed by Squate and released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1993. There were several things about the Secret of Mana that made it appealing including its high quality 2D graphics along with the multiplayer gameplay that is featured in this game. The Secret of Mana had allowed up to three players which was a feature that could be used if players had a Super Multitap. Along with having multiplayer gameplay the Secret of Mana had featured real time battles along with inclusion of Mode 7 during overworld travel. When it comes down to the development of RPG titles Square is probably one of the best video games companies world because they added so many features to the Secret of Mana to make it seem as realistic as possible despite being a 2D game.
Looking back at the Secret of Mana for the SNES some people would probably argue that the game was ahead of its time. In the early 90’s there weren’t too many popular RPG games that included multiplayer gameplay that could feature up to three people at once. Also, Square had decided to utilize real time battle system opposed to the turn based system which was popular in the early 90’s especially with the Final Fantasy games that were made for the SNES during that period. While the real time battle system did not start to get really popular until the late 90’s early 00’s some people can argue that the Secret of Mana could be seen as one of those games that helped paved the way for RPG games of the future. Along with having great in game features the plot for the Secret of Mana was also pretty interesting. The plot for the Secret of Mana starts off light and quickly becomes chaotic the Mana Sword was freed from a stone by one of the boys who was trespassing in a forbidden area.
Towards the end of the game the plot gets kinda dark during the confrontation with Thanatos. Not only do you discover that Thanatos sold his soul to the underworld but that he also wanted to transfer his mind into Dyluck who eventually destroys himself to prevent Thanatos from carrying out his plan. While the plot for the Secret of Mana was pretty good and the replay value for this game is probably better. Not only does the game include up to three players but the Secret of Mana had a great soundtrack with songs such as “Together Always”, “Mystic Invasion”, “The Wind Never Ceases”, “A Bell is Tolling” and more. On top having a nice soundtrack and multiplayer gameplay the Secret of Mana cartridge had included up to 16 megabytes of memory along with a battery back up that would allow people to save up to four different games. Other than the Final Fantasy IV, V and VI the Secret of Mana was probably one of the most memorable RPG’s of the early 90’s that many people still cherish to this day.