Secret of Mana (SNES)

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Secret of Mana
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Platform: SNES
Year: 1993
Developer: Square Co., Ltd.
Buy: Amazon
For other games in the series see Mana.

Secret of Mana (Japanese: 聖剣伝説2, Seiken Densetsu 2) is the second game in the Seiken Densetsu series. The game is a highly acclaimed action-adventure RPG that is ranked as one of the best released on the SNES. You try to get the three young heroes to stop the terrible prophecy that may very well destroy the entire world. The game allows three players to simultaneously control one of the three characters. Unlike many turn-based RPG's Secret of Mana uses a real-time movement and combat style like that of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) to keep the game fast-paced and exciting. That coupled with a very nice story line and exceptional graphics and music for the time allowed Secret of Mana to rise above many other games of the time.

The Wii and Wii U releases of this game emulate this version, so their music is the same.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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Registering a new character.

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Watching the introduction.

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An early scene in the game.

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We're into the thick of it now!

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Gaia's Navel with the full party.

Music

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The game features beautifully colorful graphics, well put-together controls and menus, and also some of the best music for the entire SNES platform. There are magnificent mood inspiring instrumentals throughout the entire game. Because the soundtrack was released in Japan over a year before it was released in America, many different translations can be found for the titles. However, the titles here come from the American release of the soundtrack. The order of the music comes from the normal order you'd hear in the game, excluding boss battles and fanfares.

Secret of Mana's music quality comes from a trick of the SNES audio hardware. The SNES audio chip has 8 channels that must be shared between music and sound effects. Many developers would divide these and dedicate some channels for music and some for sound, but the developers at Square decided to use all 8 channels for music, and just interrupt the music when a sound effect needed to be played. This allowed for a much greater music quality, and for the most part, the interrupted music is unnoticeable. However, there are a few places in the game where the interruption is obvious. For example, the song What the Forest Taught Me, which plays in Upperland, is noticeably paused when a monster is killed.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01.1 Fear of the Heavens Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:33
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01.2 Fear of the Heavens (With Whales) Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:42
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02 Menu Screen Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 0:27
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03 In the Dead of the Night Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:09
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04.1 Together Always Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:00
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04.2 Together Always (No Waterfall) Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:00
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05.1 Into the Thick of It Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 3:27
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05.2 Into the Thick of It (Echo) Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 3:27
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06 The Color of the Summer Sky Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:22
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07 I Won't Forget Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:31
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08 Spirit of the Night Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:45
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09.1 Whisper and Mantra Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:49
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09.2 Whisper and Mantra (Echo) Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:49
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10.1 Dancing Animals Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:22
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10.2 Dancing Animals (Echo) Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:22
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11 Phantom... and... a Rose Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:28
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12 Distant Thunder Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 3:20
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13 It Happened Late One Evening Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:03
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14 Did You See the Ocean? Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 3:55
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15 Fond Memories Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:45
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16 Eternal Recurrence Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 3:02
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17 Mystic Invasion Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:11
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18 Ceremony Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:44
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19 A Curious Happening Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:54
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20 What the Forest Taught Me Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:54
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21 Secret of the Arid Sands Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:01
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22 Monarch On the Shore Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:25
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23.1 A Wish... Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:47
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23.2 A Wish... (No Pop) Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:47
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24 The Little Sprite Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:30
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25 A Bell Is Tolling Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:49
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26 A Curious Tale Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:30
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27 Steel and Snare Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 3:09
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28 Flight Into the Unknown Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:43
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29 The Wind Never Ceases Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:08
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30 The Legend Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:45
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31.1 The Dark Star Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:19
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31.2 The Dark Star (No Echo) Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:19
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32 Prophecy Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:14
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33 Still of the Night Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 5:06
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34 A Conclusion Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:09
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35 Leave Time For Love Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:11
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36 Danger Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 4:13
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37 Calm Before the Storm Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 3:48
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38 The Curse Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:10
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39 The Oracle Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 3:02
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40 Morning Is Here Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:48
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41 One of Them Is Hope Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 1:46
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42 Meridian Dance Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 3:38
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43 Now Flightless Wings Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 2:11
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44 The Second Truth From the Left Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 4:39
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45 I Closed My Eyes Hiroki KikutaHiroki Kikuta 0:26
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46 Boss Defeated Yasunori Mitsuda, Kenji ItoYasunori Mitsuda, Kenji Ito 0:10
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47 Victory Theme Yasunori Mitsuda, Kenji ItoYasunori Mitsuda, Kenji Ito 0:03
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48 Orb Chime Yasunori Mitsuda, Kenji ItoYasunori Mitsuda, Kenji Ito 0:01
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49 Partner Joined Yasunori Mitsuda, Kenji ItoYasunori Mitsuda, Kenji Ito 0:05
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50 Got Weapon Yasunori Mitsuda, Kenji ItoYasunori Mitsuda, Kenji Ito 0:01
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51 Got Magic Yasunori Mitsuda, Kenji ItoYasunori Mitsuda, Kenji Ito 0:02
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52 Flammie Yasunori Mitsuda, Kenji ItoYasunori Mitsuda, Kenji Ito 0:05
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53 Got Item Yasunori Mitsuda, Kenji ItoYasunori Mitsuda, Kenji Ito 0:02
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54 Got Key Yasunori Mitsuda, Kenji ItoYasunori Mitsuda, Kenji Ito 0:01
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Credits

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Albums

Secret of Mana +

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1993-10-29

Game Rip

Format

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(Info)


The SPC logs were recorded during actual game play. The titles come from the US soundtrack. Most of the songs are ordered based on their appearance in the game, but some common music is placed near the end with several jingles. Numerous sound effects have been included in the rip as well, but a few other could be added like the health filled chime, the sealed seed chime, and the level up chime.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: 聖剣伝説2 (Legend of the Sacred Sword 2)
Platform: Super Famicom
Released: 1993-08-06
Publisher: Square Co., Ltd.
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Secret of Mana
Platform: SNES
Released: 1993-10-03
Publisher: Square Soft, Inc.
  EU.svg   EU
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Title: Secret of Mana
Platform: SNES
Released: 1994-11-24
Publisher: Square Co., Ltd.
  Australia.svg   Australia
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Title: Secret of Mana
Platform: SNES
Released: 1994-??-??
Publisher: Square Co., Ltd.
  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: Secret of Mana
Platform: Wii
Released: 2008-09-09
Publisher: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
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Title: Secret of Mana
Platform: Wii
Released: 2008-10-13
Publisher: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: Secret of Mana
Platform: Wii U
Released: 2013-06-26
Publisher: Square Enix Co., Ltd.

Links


Mana
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Notable Songs Fear of the Heavens
Notable Personnel Kenji Ito • Hiroki Kikuta • Yoko Shimomura
Notable Companies Square • Square Enix