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Published on Oct 31, 2008
The ending of Lufia 2 is possibly the most depressing thing I've ever seen in a SNES game. Most RPGs have happy conclusions, where good triumphs over evil, but this one is incredibly bittersweet. I know a lot of you probably aren't familiar with the game, so I'll try to summarize what happens (this will be a bit of a spoiler for anyone who hasn't beat this game, so be warned.)
After finally defeating the 4 Sinistrals, Maxim and Selan (the main characters of the game and husband/wife) sacrifice themselves to prevent the Sinistral's fortress from destroying the town where their newborn son is staying. As the remaining party members remember and mourn them, the spirits of the two heroes float across the world, watching the scenes unfold below. Finally, they rest floating above the house where their child suddenly wakes up and calls for his mother. His nurse comforts him, saying that his parents saved the world and that they'll be back soon.
Such an emotionally powerful ending needs equally moving music to go along with it, and "To the Future" matches up perfectly. I love the almost mournful flute and guitar strumming, and how the piece builds toward the end (and yes, I realize it sounds like an 80's pop/rock song at some parts)
This video actually has both ending songs in it, but since I couldn't decide which one I liked better and they're essentially the same song, I put in both :).