It’s quite rare that a new site dedicated to one of the Mana games crops up nowadays, so this is worth a shout-out, especially given the depth of detail that is available on the site for those interested in a deep-dive into Secret of Mana.
Secret of Mana: Redux is a site re-launched in 2021, and covers analysis, translation issues, and other reminisces surrounding Secret of Mana. Throughout the site, you’ll find Localization Notes that explain nuances of the Japanese source, as well as screenshots from Japanese guides and promotional magazines that have seldom been seen until now. A complete retranslation of the Japanese script was carried out just for this project, and it appears throughout the site.
Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of Secret of Mana, the game that really put the Seiken Densetsu series on the map. In honour of this, one of our long-standing members of the community, Manaman, has written an article on his blog remembering his introduction to the game.
It’s not a perfect game, but despite its imperfections, it retains some spark, some magic that results from happy accidents and limitations. It is a work of art that I enjoy to this day.
Square Enix have announced that Secret of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 2) will be remade in top-down view 3D (similar to what we’ve seen for Adventures of Mana on mobile) and released on PS4, PS Vita and Steam February 15 of 2018. You will soon be able to pre-order the title on the PS Network and receive free DLC costumes for your favourite characters:
You know you want that Moogle Suit!
As well as the 3D graphics, the remake will feature voice-acting, a re-arranged soundtrack, and local multiplayer for Playstation. The game will also have flexible language options to be able to experience the game with Japanese voice acting and subtitles.
And, of course, what would an announcement like this be like without a video.
Secret of Mana will be playable at PAX West from September 1-4 at both the Square Enix booth and the PlayStation booth!
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Thanks to Manaman for pointing this one out! The official Seiken Densetsu PR Twitter account recently posted a short video showing 10 seconds worth of gameplay of Seiken Densetsu 3 on the newly launched Nintendo Switch. Interesting to note the border round the screen in the form of the world map artwork from the game to fill out the space.
The big question is now whether this means we will see an official English port of the game!
You can check out more details about the game on the official website, which includes a series of videos giving you previews of the game’s control system. Some will even see the familiar ring menu system from Secret of Mana integrated into the game.
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In some fantastic news we learn that a remake of the original Seiken Densetsu game, released in the west as Final Fantasy Adventure, is going to be making its way to the PlayStation Vita, Android and iPhone smartphones. I’ve seen no dates yet, but we do get a glimpse into the art-style of the remake in the video released by Square-Enix on YouTube:
You can also check out the new website covering the new game here.
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.
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Rise of Mana, the latest installment in the Seiken Densetsu series which to many fans’ disappointment has been a mobile-only title, is now going to hit the Playstation Vita this May in Japan. Whether it will make it further west than that is yet to be seen.
If nothing else, you can at least enjoy the music from the announcement trailer.