Welcome to the start of SuperPhillip Central's work week! As is customary around these parts, we have SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs to share with our readers. If you like video game music as much as us, you're sure to enjoy the songs we have this week. Such titles included this edition are Secret of Mana, 3D Dot Game Heroes, and Persona!
v551. Secret of Mana (SNES) - Into the Thick of It
We kick off this edition of the Favorite VGM with a Super Nintendo classic, Secret of Mana. This game was released at the start of Squaresoft's golden age, where they kept releasing quality product after quality product. The music of the game fills us with such warmth, and perhaps that's nostalgia talking. Regardless, there's no questioning the greatness of this composition.
v552. 3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3) - Wilderness
3D Dot Game Heroes is a very retro-inspired Zelda-like for the PlayStation 3 that had all the old school charm one would expect. The music combined classic 8-bit sounds with more modern instruments to create a soundtrack that is still quite unlike anything else out there.
v553. Persona (PSP) - Let Butterflies Spread Until the Dawn
An overworld theme from the PSP port of Persona, Let Butterflies Spread Until the Dawn is a vocal pop song fitting for the urban world players explore in Persona. The series itself has had a lot of installments on PlayStation platforms, but Nintendo 3DS owners will have a chance, at least in Japan, to try out a spin-off in the form of Persona Q.
v554. Ar Tonelico (PS2) - Green Lands
Green Lands is a very Asian-centric sounding piece. The pan flute plays the melody as the accompaniment backs it up with lovely harmony. Ar Tonelico is as niche as you can get, at least here in the West. Still, if you haven't checked out the Ar Tonelico series, definitely do so!
v555. Crystalis (NES) - Wild Fields
Let's go REALLY retro with this last VGM of this edition. Crystalis was an NES action RPG made by SNK, better known for their work on series like Metal Slug, Fatal Fury, and King of Fighters. There's some similarities in control to The Legend of Zelda, but while Zelda had combat and puzzles as its focus, Crystalis was more combat-driven. The music of Crystalis is some of the NES' finest, really pushing the sound card of the system.