A mix of good and bad, goodnight to the most short-lived Mana game.
Looking forward to receiving the art book. The art was certainly the best thing to come from the game. I also enjoyed the characterizations and interactions, and the story wasn’t the worst. Shame it was so rushed at the end, though. The gacha and grinding I will definitely not miss.
Echoes of Mana app service ended on May 15, 2023. We thank all our players who joined us on the #EchoesOfMana adventure. Our journey ends, but your echo lives on!
No, it’s not an April Fool’s, the Echoes of Mana Artbook is up for preorder at the Square Enix Japan Store. It also looks like they added a handful of other Echoes merch, including a t-shirt and some other random stuff (here).
It will likely come out in English as well, given that they mentioned it in the game notes when they talked about The End of Echoes of Mana. Just to be safe, though, maybe get the Japanese one first.
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The game will stay up for another few months, but will finally shut down on May 15th this year. They will finish out the story and add some new characters before then. You can check out that timeline here.
This was not the Mana Series’ first foray into mobile games, but it was certainly the shortest. The first was Friends of Mana, which you can read about over at the Archive of Mana, which lasted from 2006 to 2011. That’s a lifetime compared to the rest of the games. Then there was Circle of Mana, which lasted from 2013 to 2015. Finally, Rise of Mana made it from 2014 to 2016.
While I didn’t particularly like the game, I can’t help but feel a little sad by this news. I actually haven’t played much since early December, just jumping in once to see the Legend of Mana Manga crossover story. The stories were great, it was great to see the same familiar faces, but the game itself was just not that fun in my opinion.
Hopefully we hear about the next Mana game soon.
It’s from Secret of Mana, but I had Jammin’ Sam Miller’s most recent remaster playing when I read this news, and it just seemed fitting to add here.
Onto the next topic, the_lep has a video explaining what you can do with Memory Gems! These are the other type of drop you can get from a harvest, the first being Allies, and they can give powerful skills and some stats to your team.
the_lep came back quick with another video going into more detail about how to power up your Allies. What is ascending? What is unleashing? Who can you do it on and how? Get the answer to all of these questions here!
Another beginner guide from the_lep has been released! This time going over all the basics of what you need to know regarding the various allies you harvest or find in your adventure. If you only learn one thing from this video, make sure it’s to lock the allies you care about!
Once again from over at the Mana Series Discord the_lep has an Echoes of Mana video for you all.
This is a video explaining the basics of summoning, which may confuse some because a lot of the same characters exist in different forms. It’s over the very basics of gacha games, so it’s a good introduction for people who have never played them.
It’s obviously the first in the series, so keep checking back for more! Check the video out below, and you can get to the_lep’s channel here.
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