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I always wondered something about Secret of Mana (Super Nintendo).

Remember those stones everywhere? They looked like :(

And when you hit them with your sword, they looked like :)

I always wondered if they were some kind of switch, but never could figure it out. Were they? Was there a trick there?

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A screenshot would be nice, because I have no recollection of smiling stones outside of casting Gnome's magic at level 8:99. Or maybe our resident of @Mana would know it anyway. –  Grace Note Mar 9 '11 at 15:20
    
I should have posted a screenshot you're right, didn't think of it (this was my first post on gaming.stack...). ;) –  user7662 Mar 9 '11 at 16:09
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Are these the stones you're talking about?

Totem stones

According to this page on The Seikens, the smiling totem stones were just an easter egg:

If you hit them with the sword (and yes, that's only with the sword), you'll hear the sound of a bush being cut down, and notice that the totem pole is now sticking its tongue out at you. Hit it again, and it will disappear. You can do this as many times as you like, and even try to action all of the totem poles in the forest to try and reveal some hidden secret, but you're just wasting your precious time.

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These are the stones I was talking about. I also remember the sound. Thank you for your confirmation that it had no secret result : I had been asking this myself for 15 years :) –  user7662 Mar 9 '11 at 16:11
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