If you’re an enjoyer of JRPGs, then you probably have some history with Final Fantasy. Like many, my first experience with the series was with the much beloved Final Fantasy VII. I’ve since gone played nearly every mainline FF game, the eighth and ninth games being notable exceptions. Of course, the existence of this blog post can only mean one thing. I have completed my 253rd video game.
Adventures of Mana is a video game that has lived many lives. It was first released as a GameBoy game called Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden, a more action-oriented spinoff of the Final Fantasy series that would become it’s own Mana series. That GameBoy game was released in America as Final Fantasy Adventure and in Europe as Mystic Quest (not to be confused with the Final Fantasy Mystic Quest that I played earlier this year).
In 2003, the game was brought back into the Mana series when it was re-envisioned as Sword of Mana for the GameBoy Advance. If that weren’t enough, the game was once again remade as Adventures of Mana for mobile phones and the PlayStation Vita.
I’ve been feeling guilty for ignoring my Vita, so I decided I’d give the little device some love. Adventures of Mana would be the 252nd video game that I’ve finished.
When I first played Symphony of the Night four years ago, I knew that I had experienced a very special video game. I was equally surprised to see much of what was special about Symphony successfully (mostly) crammed into a handheld package with Circle of the Moon. I did not expect the follow up to that game to be noticeably superior. Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is the 251st video game that I’ve finished.