I changed my mind. Or, I got distracted. All this thinking about Final Fantasy Adventure made me want to play that instead of Trials Of Mana. Sure, sure, there's all the nostalgia for me. I loved this game as a kid. And as a teenager. I remember playing this at the beach when I was like twelve, and I remember playing it during a free period in high school. Final Fantasy Adventure is awesome.
But I wondered if the nostalgia was clouding my memories? NOPE. It's still awesome. In fact, I'll go on to make a couple of maybe bold statements. First off, I think Final Fantasy Adventure is way better than its GBA remake, Sword Of Mana. And now that I've played at least some of its two SNES sequels, I'll even say that I prefer this original Game Boy game over those as well. There's something really pure and great about this first game. The combat seems more streamlined. The plot and progression as well.
Case in point, I played maybe two hours and had no trouble figuring out where to go or what to do next. Combat was easy to get used to. Grinding felt fun. I'm around LVL 12 now I believe, and am working with the dwarves in the caves to help me make some silver armor. Good times.