“… the SNES sound is extremely important for people who played RPGs in the ’90s.”
Hiroki Kikuta, composer of role-playing games such as Secret of Mana, Trials of Mana, and more recently the main theme to upcoming escape-the-room adventure game Last Labyrinth, has released a new album that’s inspired by his time working on games back in the Super Nintendo era.
With a runtime of 39 minutes, The Unbreakable Unity: Memory of Nostalgic S-NES Sound is a single-track album that revisits the 16-bit generation of video game music.
The album is available now from Kikuta’s Bandcamp page.
“The distinctive SNES sound was a result of hardware specifications,” said Kikuta via a press release. “To tell the truth, it reminds of the many laborious days I spent on this music in the past. However, I recently found anew that the SNES sound is extremely important for people who played RPGs in the ’90s. Many become happy when they hear this good old SNES sound. I enjoy it, too! So I decided to create new SNES music that is fresh yet nostalgic!”
To Kikuta, the album acts as the soundtrack to an imaginary folklore-based role-playing game of a bygone age. This notion was conceived after the composer saw The Slav Epic – a cycle of 20 large-scale canvas paintings by Czech artist Alfons Mucha.
As expressed in the press release, Kikuta “… envisions The Unbreaking Unity… as the theme for a dark natural dungeon or a confusing forest.”