On Twitter, a user named @SoundCirclet pointed out a motif the user dubs as "The Mitsuda Lick", and put out several examples of its use in video game music.
For the last few months I have been OBSESSED with this phrase I call the 'mitsuda lick'. It's a specific melodic phrase that you can hear all over VGM, BUT is notably known for being the main melody of Secret of the Forest.— dante 🎶 (@SoundCirclet) June 19, 2020
I've put together this demonstration of my findings. pic.twitter.com/YEFrmaOwJQ
Many people responded to the thread with even more examples, which I will document here.
|Final Fantasy VII||Anxious Heart|
|Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum||Solaceon Town|