Awesome Music / World of Mana
Final Fantasy Adventure/Sword of Mana/Adventure of Mana/Seiken Densetsu
Secret of Mana/Seiken Densetsu 2
- Endless Battlefield, the overworld theme.
- In Search of the Holy Sword, the second, more desperate overworld theme.
Seiken Densetsu 3
- Danger, the boss battle theme. Fast-paced, segues from fast to dangerous to victorious to slow and about to burst and back again, and really gets a person's blood racing.
- The Oracle, used for the Dark Lich battle. Starts out with three ominous gongs and just gets creepier from there. Fun trivia: most of the sound from the song comes from the Indonesia chanting called Kecak. Kecak is comprised of 5 different groups chanting in different patterns in unison, which gives it its unique sound. And true to this form, 5 sound channels out of eight on the SNES audio chip are dedicated to the chanting.
- Meridian Dance. The final boss music. Words do not do it justice, just listen. And here's the orchestrated version!
- On the calmer side of things, Fear of the Heavens, the opening theme, begins with the distant cry of a dragon, and fully pulls the gamer into the ambiance of the game.
- All three Flammie themes qualify.
- Flight Into The Unknown is a happy affair, highlighting the sense of freedom the player gets from receiving a white dragon as a Global Airship.
- The Dark Star, however, is a heavy-hearted, somber tune. Appropriate, as it replaces Flight Into The Unknown after The Lost Continent, and the Mana Fortress, rise from the sea.
- And Prophecy, the theme that plays after the Mana Fortress rises, is a fast-paced, exotic-sounding tune, making good use of bells.
- The overworld theme, Into the Thick of It, never manages to get old despite playing very often in the game.
- A Curious Tale which plays in Southtown and on Gold City. This is one of the best town themes in all RPGs. Suffice to say - there's a reason that the composer is the 2nd credit listed in the opening.
- The incredibly soothing "Still of the Night", theme of Puritas. The song really conveys that the player set foot in a sacred place, untouched by humans. The Genesis version (from an Arrange album) of the song is even better.
- Both of the ice world themes are among the more powerfully atmospheric tracks in the game. "A Wish", the theme of the Crystal Forest, uses its haunting minimalist scoring to convey a real sense of the stillness of a cold winter's day, the snow thick on the ground. "A Bell is Tolling", the Ice Palace theme, opens with an even more eerie passage in which the player can practically hear the ice shimmering all around, then picks up the pace to give a sense of urgency to the dungeon.
- One Of Them Is Hope perfectly captures a sense of apocalyptic urgency.
- The Wind Never Ceases is hands-down the best theme you'll ever hear while mountain climbing.
Legend of Mana
- The Sacrifice, Part III, the final battle theme.
- Nuclear Fusion, a minor boss theme, pulls on the previous games' Meridian Dance to create a fast-paced theme which really gets you pumped for the battles and scenes where it plays.
- Meridian Child. It embodies experiencing pain and loss, yet pushing through it out of sheer determination, finding the strength to continue forwards and do what you can to right the wrongs in the world. The entire point of the song is the characters getting out of their funk after their early-game loss, and finding the strength to not only face anything that comes their way, but triumph over it. It's their optimistic attitude in grim circumstances giving them the strength to continue on no matter what's thrown at them, doing what they can to help others out no matter how painful it is to them.
- Decision Bell plays in the Mana Holyland. It's a mysterious and quiet, yet adventurous theme, perfect for such a place.
- High Tension Wire, an intense, heroic boss theme.
- The new opening theme, Where Angels Fear to Tread, every bit as sobering as Fear of the Heavens and then some.
- Innocent Sea, a soothing guitar ballad that plays over some of the game's calm and tragic scenes, most notably the battle against Heath in Carlie's storyline. It also gets a piano rendition, Innocent Water, which is just as beautiful.
- Delicate Affection plays as you draw the Mana Sword, with all the power and joy that comes with this event.
- Hope Isolation Pray. As the name implies, it's sad, yet sweet and hopeful at the same time.
- Farewell Song, a very cute tune that plays on "The End" screen.
- Legend. Shame it gets used so rarely.
- Frenzy features some of the soundtrack's strongest bass and percussion.
- The three final dungeons get three distinct themes:
- Swivel, the Golden Road theme. The title is what you'll be doing with your whole body while listening.
- Powell plays in the Rabite Forest and the Moonlight Forest.
- Splash Hop, the cheerful reggae theme of Booskaboo.
Continuing the venerable tradition of awesome music in the Seiken Densetsu
series, Yoko Shimomura's soundtrack for Legend of Mana
is arguably Shimomura's own, real-life Moment of Awesome
Heroes of Mana
- Song of Mana, one of the best opening tunes ever. The reprise of the song for the ending is just as spectacular.
While the game won't be remembered because of its glaring gameplay flaws, the soundtrack is once again composed by Yoko Shimomura, and includes quite a few powerful compositions: