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20: The Queen of Trees

| March 30, 2018
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I want you live in the 16-bit fantasy world you used to dream about, but giving you the soundtrack for that world is the best I can do at the moment. This is a mix of music that I can only call “medievalish” — dreamy, melancholy, wistful, adventurous and hopeful, and all of the tracks plucked from the best fantasies that video games have offered so far. Get lost, but in the good way.

0:13: The Place I’ll Return to Someday / Final Fantasy IX / Nobuo Uematsu
3:55: Cavern 1 / Shining Wisdom / Motoaki Takenouchi
5:08: In the Memory / Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished (for MSX) / Mieko Ishikawa
7:14: Nostalgic Song / Legend of Mana / Yoko Shimomura
10:33: The Quest for Rudra’s Mines / Treasure of the Rudras / Ryuji Sasai
13:41: Birth of People / Actraiser / Yuzo Koshiro
15:49: Heading West to Escape My Past / Treasure Hunter G / Mitsuhito Tanaka a.k.a. John Pee
17:35: Fortune Teller / Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen / Masaharu Iwata a.k.a. Rezon
18:36: Foresta / Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest / Yasuhiro Kawakami
20:41: Green Green Woodlands / Etrian Odyssey / Yuzo Koshiro
25:09: Castle at Night / Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen (for Nintendo DS) / Koichi Sugiyama
27:32: Lost Kingdom / Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand / Falcon Sound Team JDK
31:45: The Great Warrior / Final Fantasy VII / Nobuo Uematsu
34:58: Evergreen / Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse / Konami Kukeiha Club
37:00: Ancient Dolphin / Seiken Densetsu 3 / Hiroki Kikuta
40:51: White the Heart / Star Ocean: The Second Story / Motoi Sakuraba
42:26: Garden of the Gods / Chrono Cross / Yasunori Mitsuda
44:55: Lost in the Forest / Romancing Saga 2 / Kenji Ito
47:50: Crooked Ladder / Breath of Fire II / Yuko Takehara
50:17: Opera House / Golden Sun: Dark Dawn / Motoi Sakuraba
53:05: Deku Nut Palace / Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask / Koji Kondo
55:20: Icefire Mountain Cave / Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II / David Wise
58:09: Castle / Sword of Vermilion / Hiroshi Kawaguchi and Yasuhiro Takagi
59:30: Ship of Regret and Sleep / Xenogears / Yasunori Mitsuda
1:02:00: Dorga and Unne’s Pavilion / Final Fantasy III (for Nintendo DS) / Nobuo Uematsu
1:03:30: The Garden Where the Celestite Lies / Radiant Historia / Yoko Shimomura
1:06:20: A Cygnet / Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together / Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata
1:08:10: Fate in Haze / Final Fantasy V / Nobuo Uematsu
1:10:24: Misty Lake / Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand / Falcon Sound Team JDK
1:13:17: Shopkeeper / Secret of Evermore / Jeremy Soule
1:14:29: Princess Rescued / Wizards & Warriors / David Wise
1:15:19: Mysterious Tower / Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King / Koichi Sugiyama
1:18:36: Tanglebloom Forest / Golden Sun: Dark Dawn / Motoi Sakuraba
1:21:04: Hero’s Theme / Final Fantasy Tactics / Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata
1:22:09: Ancient Zodiac / Bounty Sword / Kohei Tanaka and Akihiko Mori
1:24:55: Stirring the Forest / Final Fantasy IX / Nobuo Uematsu
1:27:11: Between Two Worlds (Night) / Treasure of the Rudras / Ryuji Sasai
1:29:16: Theme of Lovers / Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand / Falcon Sound Team JDK
1:32:08: The Venerable Forest / Star Ocean: The Second Story / Motoi Sakuraba
1:34:42: Ancient Castle / Final Fantasy II (for PlayStation Portable) / Nobuo Uematsu
1:37:15: Rescued Princess / Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros: Visions of Power / David Wise
1:38:23: Atlena / Equinox / Tim Follin and Geoff Follin
1:39:54: The Girl Who Stole the Stars / Radical Dreamers / Yasunori Mitsuda
1:42:58: The Oath / Final Fantasy VIII / Nobuo Uematsu
1:46:23: The Wind Never Ceases / Secret of Mana / Hiroki Kikuta
1:48:20: Faraway Dreaming Days ~ Siren’s Song / Legend of Mana / Yoko Shimomura