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Live A Live is still on my mind well after the latest Nintendo Direct. Of all the titles to get a HD-2D makeover, I’d never have expected a previously unlocalized title, let alone one with no ties to a more commonly supported franchise. This standalone SNES-era gem is more than deserving of the treatment, though. If you’re unfamiliar, there’s a dedicated trailer to pair nicely with the game’s Direct segment, introducing its cast in full and spotlighting more of its brand new voice acting.

These characters and their time period are:

  • Pogo – Prehistory
  • The Sundown Kid – The Wild West
  • The Heart of the Mountain Shifu – Imperial China
  • Oboromaru – Twilight of Edo Japan
  • Masaru Takahara – Present Day
  • Akira – The Near Future
  • Cube – The Distant Future
  • Oersted – The Middle Ages

Now, all of that is well and good, but what really seals the deal with this trailer is the presence of a little music track known as Megalomania. For anyone unaware, Live A Live was longtime Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura’s first credit with Square, and like many of her other earliest efforts it still stands tall today. This song in particular actually managed to make its way into Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call as DLC, and its title would inspire a certain recurring song from Undertale creator Toby Fox.

Live A Live will get its second chance in the not-so-far future date of July 22nd.

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.