May 18th, 2015 | Kassidy Kearey | Filed under Secret of Mana, Sideprojects, Soundtracks
While not strictly related to the Seiken Densetsu series, it has a connection to one of our favourite composers.
Unraveled is an adventure RPG game currently seeking Kickstarter funding (at 7.4k our of 15k with 14 days to go at the time of writing). As with the trend of many KS games right now, it has a retro feel to it hearkening back to the days of Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger, but not only that, the soundtrack will feature collaborations from Secret of Mana composer Hiroki Kikuta. The current draft for the main theme can now be heard here in the embedded YT video.
I for one am backing this project, as it does look interesting, so check it out and see if it is your cup of tea or not. Otherwise, simply enjoy the music.
December 24th, 2014 | Kassidy Kearey | Filed under Fan Stuff, Secret of Mana
I found this story of a tradition shared between two brothers playing Secret of Mana at Christmas, and wanted to get it out to a wider audience.
Merry Christmas, guys!
October 2nd, 2014 | Kassidy Kearey | Filed under Rise of Mana, Secret of Mana
While we still don’t have solid news on whether Rise of Mana will reach western shores, and adding to recent news that Rise of Mana will be expanded to the PS Vita platform, we now have video proof that the characters from Secret of Mana are due to be playable in Rise of Mana.
You can see some previews of the 3D models for the characters in this presentation video.
August 4th, 2014 | Kassidy Kearey | Filed under Android, iPhone, Secret of Mana
Between now and August 10th you can get Secret of Mana for iOS for about 50% the usual price, so go grab it if you haven’t done so already.
Not only that, but a number of updates have been made to the game, such as added MFi controller support, an improved virtual stick for those without controllers, new high resolution UI elements, a fix for the long-standing bug with the background music, and support for retina and 4-inch displays.
To top things off, for those with Android devices, we’ll see a version of the Mobile Secret of Mana hit Android OS this Autumn (only took, what, 4 years?).
Thanks to manaman for the heads up on some of these items.
April 5th, 2014 | Kassidy Kearey | Filed under Secret of Mana, Videos
StrafeFox over on YouTube does a very nice job of producing game reviews and retrospectives on his channel, and he has brought his most recent one to our attention on the forum. Very slick visuals and narration, even bringing to the table a little fact I wasn’t aware of (Nasir’s Visa woes).
Go check it out and subscribe to his channel for more retrospectives.
March 25th, 2014 | Kassidy Kearey | Filed under Secret of Mana
If you are the owner of a device that’ll support it (Requires iOS 4.3 or later, compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch), Secret of Mana is currently on sale over on the AppStore for $3.99 (or local equivalent).
The game features upgraded graphics, the same OST that you remember from the SNES classic, on-screen controls, and multi-language support.
January 5th, 2014 | Kassidy Kearey | Filed under Fan Stuff, Secret of Mana
Awesome Games Done Quick is a speedrunning marathon organised every year to raise funds for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. This year, StingerPA and Yagamoth will be running Secret of Mana as part of the marathon, and if you donate during the run you’ll also have the chance to win some Secret of Mana cast perlers, Spectrum of Mana artbook and CD collection, and Secret of the Spirits Giclee print.
The run starts at 15:20 GMT on January 8th (10:20 EST), and clocks in at under 3 hours (the current world record is 2:04:23 by StingerPA, one player using two controllers any% category).. Tricks used include switching weapons to overmax the charged attack, getting early GP by selling the magic rope, and, if I recall correctly, skipping the Mana Holyland.
You can check this run out and more on Twitch.tv, and you can find the full schedule of runs, which starts today at noon, here.
Since donations get read out live on air, why not give us a shout-out. 😉
If you miss teh urn, don’t worry, they will all be available for download and streaming after the marathon has finished.
Let’s help make cancer a thing of the past!
September 30th, 2013 | Kassidy Kearey | Filed under Mana Music Monday, Remixes, Secret of Mana
“Spectrum of Mana” is a remix album of the 1993 classic “Secret of Mana.” The entire soundtrack has been lovingly reworked and reimagined by a team of almost eighty musicians. From jazz to metal, symphonic orchestration to funk rock, “Spectrum of Mana” is sure to provide something enjoyable for every fan of the game.
Head on over to Spectrum of Mana’s page to stream or download the album, which has been split into 3 CDs. You can also order physical copy of the pack.
You know what I’m going to be listening to tonight. I’ll post some impressions at some point later.
August 8th, 2013 | Kassidy Kearey | Filed under Secret of Mana
OK, we’re a couple of days late, but I’ve had a rough couple of days, what can I say?
The 6th of August 20 years ago marked a rather historical moment in gaming history, when Seiken Densetsu 2 was released, and since then has become one of the most highly acclaimed console games in history. This was my introduction to the series, and I’ve gone back and played it many many times over the years since I first was introduced to it.
While we don’t have fireworks to set off for the event, remixer Melodious Punk has released a remix of the song Curious Tale from the game over on OCRemix. Until we get our review and such up, you can listen to it here via YouTube, or go download the remix at the OCRemix site.