Upcoming DS Release - Heroes of Mana

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Post by Kassidy » Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:30 pm

Square Enix's revival of the Mana series continues with the announcement of a new isometric strategy RPG for the Nintendo DS called Heroes of Mana.

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The team working on it are:
Koichi Ishii serving as Producer
Masato Kato (Chrono Trigger fame) on scenarios.
Ryoma Ito (FF Tactics Advance) and Akira Oguro (FF X) providing character designs
Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts, LoM) producing the music.

Looks like Brownie Brownie are working on the title, people who worked on Sword of Mana (http://www.br2.co.jp).

The gameplay will take a different spin on things, with a feel more akin to Final Fantasy Tactics or Disgaea, or on the DS itself Lost Magic. You control a soldier of the Pedan Kingdom Army who must gather the resources to summon creatures to attack the enemy.

Screenshots in a magazine scan can be found here:
http://www.gamesarefun.com/games/ds/her ... can01t.jpg
http://www.gamesarefun.com/games/ds/her ... can02t.jpg



Further screenshots have emerged from Square-Enix's presskit, and are available here at JeuxFrance: http://www.jeux-france.com/news17556_he ... ur-ds.html

Note that there are SD3 screenshots. Now these don't appear to be taken from the SNES as the resolution is different. Could it be that SD3 will finally make it to western shores? There's another tie in. HoM takes place 19 years before SD3. There is suspicion that HoM is the backstory of darkness described in SD3's intro and such.

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The Mana series has always featured action-oriented combat, but for Heroes, Square Enix is making the move to real time strategy. Using an air ship as your base, you summon monsters to defeat oncoming enemy attackers.

Battles begin by players sending out a single monster to gather resources from trees and other resource points located on the battle map. Once you have enough resources, you build a facility for summoning a monster, which, once summoned, can be sent out to battle. Each facility can be used to summon one monster.

Once you’ve built up an army, it’s battle time. You first have to send out a single unit to scope out the battle area and find enemies. Once the enemy has been found, you take control of all your army members, giving out specific instructions that are then carried out automatically until either you or the enemy dies, or you enter new commands.

The genre for Heroes of Mana is Strategy RPG, so fans of the series can look forward to lots of story in addition to gameplay. The game’s main character is a fella by the name of Roger. A skilled sword combatant, Roger is a combatant in the Pedan Kingdom army. He also has a cheerful personality.

STORYLINE!!!!

Long long ago there was a tale that was much older than the birth of the Mana Goddess itself. It tells of one witch who brought Darkness upon the world in a distant dimension. Her name was Anith.

Anith was later defeated by the Guardians of the Tree but her spell of Darkness managed to travel through to many other dimensions, descending upon the worlds.

Following on, another legend is told…

When the world was once engulfed in Darkness, the Mana Goddess managed to defeat the Sacred Beast who was born to lead the world to its doom. With the aid of the Mana Sword, she sealed them in 8 keystones. Thus, it was so that Darkness was banished and the world was created anew. Afterwards, the Mana Goddess changed into a great ancient tree and settling herself in a sacred place that no one knows of, she continues to watch over the world together with the Mana Sword.

Now many years later the world has settled down in peace but, the terrifying shadow of Darkness descends.

In the old town of “Pedan” in the southern seas… Darkness was ready to tear its cold claws through the peaceful slumber of the world.


Move them pixels, boy!

As if all this weren't enough already, on top of all that, I have found an animated trailer, mainly showing FMV, but it does have a bit of gameplay!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=XXRNBsQjkLw
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Post by Kassidy » Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:31 pm

Sorry, I just noticed after posting this that there was already a news post announcing this, but hopefully this info will help expand on that.

Sorry, sorry, sorry... :( Been on holiday the past week or so, so I'm a bit behind the times and the news got me keyboard happy.
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Post by Duran » Thu Sep 21, 2006 5:37 am

Im so going to pre-order this when it comes out...

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Post by Dr. Sheexy » Thu Sep 21, 2006 6:04 am

Kassidy, you're awesome with this news stuff.
Thanks for the info man!

I am so excited about a Seiken Densetsu tactics game, how awesome can it get?!

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Post by Duran » Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:25 pm

Yeah, Im not one for Tactic/RPGs but this one seems appealing...

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Post by Kassidy » Fri Sep 22, 2006 2:15 am

It does seem appealing indeed. It appears that the Tokyo GameShow is, as suspected, providing some nice info. In particular, it appears that HoM may just be a double whammy, bringing the fans the desired SD3? Check out the screenshots from JeuxFrance and judge fer yerself. Is it unlockable? Is it a dual-game? Is it a joke?

Has to be noted that the game is currently 35% complete, so a lot is still to happen...

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Post by Tomnet » Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:37 pm

More Screenshots Here

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Post by Kassidy » Mon Sep 25, 2006 5:26 am

More? More? (/end Oliver Twist reference)

Then you shall have more! Check the main post for the TGS trailer for Heroes of Mana, with FMV action and a bit of gameplay to boot.

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Post by Dr. Sheexy » Mon Sep 25, 2006 5:49 am

THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY AWESOME THINGS IN THESE SCREENSHOTS AND VIDEO TO COUNT!!!

It seriously looks like you could use any enemy from any Seiken Densetsu game in this new one!!!
I saw a flippin' Du'Cate.
A DU'CATE! That thing was weird, and they're putting it in?!
GOLEMS!!!
LA FUNKS!!!

TOO MUCH AWESOMENESS!!!

I can't stop watching this video!

I've got one for you Kassidy:

-Sheexy, the admin who is lazy.

You're on the news crew now buddy, you can put your awesome news posts straight to the front page instead of waiting for Dekky or me to stop being lazy.

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Post by Deques » Mon Sep 25, 2006 7:18 pm

actually it was me who moved the topic to the news board :P

edit: oh, you have been added to news crew... forget what i said

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Post by Kassidy » Mon Sep 25, 2006 8:26 pm

Thank you for this honour. I shall be doing my best to keep the good news flowing. :) And this morning already brings you a new installment. ;)

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Post by The J Person » Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:11 am

Glad to see the insanity didn't stop while I was gone! :D

Well, this might be a little bit of speculation in the line of "We've heard it before", but after checking out the babelfish'd translation of the French page that had the SD3 images in there with Heroes of Mana, and reading the posts that were made on that article itself, it seems I'm not the only one who thinks so: It seems safe to assume that SD3 will be getting rereleased in tandem with this new game on the DS. The main reason? The image size.

Widescreen format didn't exist when SD3 was made, yet these images take up a particularly wider space than most screenshots I've seen from the game - as I recall it wasn't possible to see so much of the screen when I played through it myself, either. So, I'm pretty pleased with this find.

Also, I'd seen the petition for SD3 getting released here in the States quite a long time ago, it had upwards of 30k people on it at the time. I think I even posted on it somehwere, but I don't remember. But it's been around awhile, so perhaps petition FTW wasn't the wrong way to go?

I'm also pretty big on tactics games right now, so HoM = a nice surprise, if nothing else.

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Post by Duran » Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:41 pm

Of SD3 gets released with HoM, that would be so awesome!

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Post by Tomnet » Fri Sep 29, 2006 8:49 pm

I don't think so they will rerelease SD3 with this new episode. First they would said it before, or on TGS. I don't see Square release two games in the same Serie at the same time, and on the same console if it on the DS. And then Seiken3 begin to be old now (but always as good ) so why rereleasing just now ? (A project, or rather a rumor have said they will rereleasing The Seiken3 on the GBA, at the gba's epoch...)

So i don't think that, but can you give me your french page, just for read it ?

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Post by Duran » Fri Sep 29, 2006 9:57 pm

Yeah, seeing how its Square-Enix we're talking about (Who'd rather bombard us with Final Fantasy), I doubt they'd release SD3

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