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Brand new Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest soundtrack reworks the classics

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Some people will tell you the music was always the best part of the game. They might not be wrong.

Retro games may be old news, but their music touched an entire generation. Now that generation is old enough to spend money buying digital soundtracks, or to take classic compositions and give them new life with modern arrangements and technology that lets old songs breathe new life.

Today, arranger Sean Schafianski released Final Fantasy Mystic Quest Remastered Soundtrack, which is a loving tribute to rock and fantasy tunes composed by Ryuji Sasai and Yasuhiro Kawakami for Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest on the 16-bit Super Nintendo. It's not a game a lot of people remember fondly, but for one element: its awesome tunes.

"The soundtrack to Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is a cult classic," said Schafianski. "The blend of rock, jazz, and delightfully cheesy synths was probably the best part of the game!"

Schafianski is putting together a whole series of "Remastered Tracks," and you'll find more information about it right here. He has worked to bring music from a variety of retro RPGs to life over the last few years, including Final Fantasy VI, Brigandine and Secret of Evermore.

Certainly, Schafianski has the skills and knowledge necessary to do the classic compositions justice. He has a degree in composition from Grand Valley State University, and apparently likes playing the saxophone. Lisa Simpson would surely find him a kindred spirit.

You can find and potentially purchase the Final Fantasy Mystic Quest Remastered album for yourself on iTunes, if you're so inclined. Individual songs are $0.99, or you can get the whole lot of them for the standard $9.99. It also is available on Spotify and Bandcamp.

If you're into retro music with a modern touch, maybe it's time to buy a little music?

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Staff article by Jason Venter (October 26, 2018)

Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.

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Masters posted November 04, 2018:

Oh sweet! I loved the FFMQ music. I was probably one of the few 'serious' gamers who loved the game too. To be fair, I was never a serious RPG gamer, so that probably explains it. Anyway, Bone Dungeon FTW!

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