Even if this week’s 1UP cover story (the Essential 100) were loaded to the brim with junk writing of no merit, it would all have been worth it strictly for this beautiful piece of Secret of Mana art one of our illustrators provided:
Seriously. Look at that.
Since kicking of four cover story initiative, we’ve invested a fair amount of money into reviving the forgotten magazine concept of original artwork for feature whenever possible. Things like this give me confidence that we’ve made the right choice.