Well... it's a depressing game. And Zelda was more puzzle-solving, this was faster action. Kinda following in the footsteps of Crystalis (NES) actually.
I played a little of Sword of Mana, the GBA remake. The mechanics were solid (taking the combat from SD3), but I hear the story and writing were pretty convoluted (your hero is a jerkass instead of a tragedy-ball).
Fighter: "Mr Pibb", "Dr Pepper".. I'm onto you.. Kaz Fact: Welcome to Version 2.0!