We've been covering a lot of Nintendo-related YouTube music news recently, and with good reason. From its copyright claims on beloved video game music YouTube account GilvaSunner to the entire Pokémon Diamond and Pearl soundtrack being uploaded to the video-sharing website, it's been a hot topic.
Fortunately, Square Enix is making the news today for the right reasons. It seems that yesterday, the company started uploading some of their most beloved soundtracks to the Square Enix Music Channel.
The official YouTube channel has a range of soundtracks to tickle your eardrums with, from the Final Fantasy series to Mana, SaGa, and even The World Ends With You games; the channel looks to be a hub for every classic soundtrack the studio has put out over the years. There are even some playlists to suit whatever mood or flavour of Square Enix music you fancy. We will certainly be using these frequently to write about Nintendo news for you!
There has been no shortage of legendary composers who have worked with Square Enix on their games, such as Nobuo Uematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda, Kenji Ito, and Yoko Shimomura (among many others). Many of these soundtracks are already available of Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music, but it's great to have them available for free on another widely-used platform.
Here's a selection of some of our favourite Nintendo Square Enix soundtracks that are currently on the channel:
Final Fantasy VI
Romancing SaGa 2
Secret of Mana
The World Ends With You
This list is nowhere near exhaustive, and there are some notable omissions, such as the fantastic Bravely Default II soundtrack — though that game only came out a year ago. But this list is from some of their most popular games, so we recommend you start there and then maybe branch out to some of their arrangement albums! Of course, you can always go and listen to the NieR series' music, too, which is just incredible.
What's your favourite Square Enix soundtrack? Let us know down below!
hot take: Final Fantasy 6's soundtrack is way better than Chrono Trigger's.
See Nintendo? It's not that complicated. If Square can do it, certainly you can too.
Its a weird time when Square Enix, who likes to milk people for merchandise and music does something like this.
And this is not a complaint. Its amazing to see them do this. And its some really damn good soundtracks they put up (ignoring Balan)
@CharlieGirl I’d say no, but the entirety of FFVI’s final boss fight music makes up for it.
This is just the right move to make. People will have access to these soundtracks regardless. It’s the internet.
As great as this is, I do have to say I hate that comments are turned off on the "Topic" videos. YouTube comments usually suck but there's something really heartwarming about reading a lot of people's positive comments about music.
Chrono Cross is probably my favorite Square Enix soundtrack. One of the best soundtracks of all times.
The Chrono Trigger opening is iconic to me, but the one that always ALWAYS gets to me, is that Secret of Mana opening. It has and always will be an absolute favorite of mine. I don't know what it is about it, but I just...love it.
@Samuel-Flutter Yeah, I adore the new-age vibe they went for in that game. It’s tough between that and Final Fantasy X for me.
YES. At this rate, Nintendo will follow suit in about 10 years.
I got a free cd of the music from chrono triggerwhen I bought it for the ds, I much prefer physical!
I need to know the thumbnail source. Looks like Bravely Default/Octopath official art
Edit- alright, found it. Octopath Traveler album art
How nice. I just download the entire OST and carry it with me.
For those that haven't sampled them yet, I highly recommend the Pixel Remaster versions of the FF1-6 OSTs, as they were masterfully done and an absolute joy to listen to.
Would be nice if NIntendo could follow this example.
They would have some ground to stand on instead of just crying over people uploading their OSTs on the internet without providing any alternatives.
@Samuel-Flutter Totally agree! It's my favourite soundtrack ever. I didn't include it here this time since I'm sure we will spotlight it way more prominently in the lead-up to Radical Dreamers Edition. I'll make sure of it anyway!
Secret of mana 4 life
Nintendo has proven themselves from time to time that they can upload soundtracks onto YouTube at no consequence. This should really set any further examples from SE that Nintendo should get on board.
@CharlieGirl I would also go as far to say that Celes' Theme is still to this day the best track ever to appear in a Final Fantasy game.
@Gitface that's a bold take! I think Terra's theme is the most brilliant on the soundtrack, because it works as a prologue theme and an overworld theme. but Celes' theme is absolutely gorgeous too.
Nier & Automata are my personal highlights. Can't deny the nostalgic glory of Final Fantasy though.
Good now give us the games Square. You had your free money with the pixel remastered from the phone and computer people, now give us the HD 2D remakes of those same games.
@Diogmites @CharlieGirl @Gitface
Throwing my hat into this FF6 OST discussion, I put forth Searching for Friends as the greatest entry in the soundtrack.
@CharlieGirl I disagree.
Hopefully other companies follow suit. What a lovely little project. Square is frankly the GOAT when it comes to industry defying music. Now just ditch the NFT plans pls.
It's a shame they don't have the Pixel Remaster's music because those are really good.
I gotta pick Chrono Trigger when it comes to best OST and To Far Away times as best song.
Terra's theme from FFVI is on another level - to me best JRPG song ever, it's timeless
@E-Man Okie dokie!
I do love Chrono Trigger, and Secret of Mana used to be my favourite... But Seiken Densetsu 3 has quickly risen to the top. The sound quality is top notch!
You heard that, people at Nintendo?, you should be more like Square Enix...
Coming next in the Direct for Switch, Metroid Prime Trilogy Cloud Edition.
@Yomerodes Implying I said Square Enix is a God amongst game developers and can do no wrong. smh
@CharlieGirl Opinions are like buttholes, we all have our own. Terra's theme is incredible and so is Magus'.
Also Kingdom Hearts, Nier and octopath traveler have much better soundtracks than any final fantasy.
The soundtracks are also available on Apple Music as well!
I would have agreed nearly, but then i remembered:
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