Super Nintendo (1994)
On this day in 1994, the second of the Quintet trilogy of RPG games in the 16 bit era was released in North America. I remember that I saw Illusion Of Gaia for the first time at Toy Works in Hazleton when I was 14 years old. At the time, I had never heard of Soul Blazer and had no idea that this game was a sequel. It caught my eye because it was affordably priced (I think it was around $20) and it came with a free t-shirt. This was back in the day when I could actually fit in a one-size-fits-all shirt, so for a teenager with a limited amount of money saved up for a new game, this was an easy choice.
The best part of the game for me is the music - especially the Inca Gold Ship. I found this song to be so peaceful and soothing that I would keep one of my game saves at this point in the game so that I could lay back in bed and listen to it whenever I wanted.
If you enjoy The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past, this is a game that you must play. It's not particularly rare or expensive, and there are lots of walkthroughs available if you get stuck. Give it a shot.