As part of my New Year’s Resolution to finally have more readers than I have college courses this semester, I’ve been driving down the Information Superhighway in search of video game-related sites worthy of becoming GameCola affiliates. One site that I’ve had on my radar for a long time is Secret of Mana Theater, and to be perfectly honest, I never expected that they’d wanna trade links with us.
Out of all the sites I’ve contacted about link-swapping over the past month, Secret of Mana Theater is without a doubt the most well-known. Since May of 2002 (which is actually about the same time that GameCola was founded), SoMT has been publishing webcomics based on, appropriately, mega-awesome Super Nintendo title Secret of Mana, at the rate of about two comics per week. The author uses actual sprites, animations, sound effects and music from the game to create original movies of about a few minutes in length. SoMT doesn’t completely follow the plot of its source material, but as the creator explains it:
“One of the reasons I chose SoM as the video game to parody, is that the character development were minute enough that I could fill them out as I chose, and because there was so little story development, I could round and fill out as I saw fit.”
So hey, after you’ve had your fill of pro-wrestling matches between video game characters, and Render’s quest to once again have a plot, check some of this guy’s comics out. I’d recommend starting from the beginning and working your way up to the present, but that could take a few decades. Still, it’s definitely worth it if you’ve got the time; the author has a great sense of humor, and he really lets it shine in his comics. Remember, I wouldn’t be promoting the guy if I didn’t actually like his site; trust me on this one.