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Death Queen City Lives Again

September 24th, 2022 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Final Fantasy Adventure, Merchandise, Secret of Mana, Seiken Densetsu 3, Trials of Mana

So over on the Japanese side of the web, there was a great site called “Death Queen Ward” that unfortunately went down back in July. The site started out as a “Village” in 2002, upgraded to a “Town” in 2009, later a “Ward” around 2013, and now it is back in “City” form as of 2022. When the site went down, I reached out to the owner over Twitter and that seemed to have spurred them to rebuild the entire thing to bring it back.

So, what is it? Well it’s a great repository for all things retro Square, mostly within the Famicom and Super Famicom era. So Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and the original Trials of Mana fall right in place. The owner of the site, the Mayor Queen, has an extensive collection of merch and print media from that era along with a very impressive Phone Card collection. Trials of Mana in particular has some very rare and very expensive phone cards that I have opted out of collecting, just to save my sanity (and wallet).

Check out the merch Death Queen Mayor has picked up for these Mana games:
Final Fantasy Adventure
Secret of Mana
Trials of Mana
and even the Mana game that never was, Seiken Densetsu: Emergence of Excalibur
Also head over and see all the other goodness at Death Queen City.

It’s a very cool site, the new layout is particularly stylish, and it will be critical in helping me with my own rebuild of the Merchandise section here on Seikens whenever I can find time to get around to it!

I wonder where Death Queen City will go in the future… Death Queen District? Death Queen Metropolis? Maybe someday we’ll even see a Death Queen Ecumenopolis.

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Secret of Mana: Redux, Monsters and Bosses

April 17th, 2022 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Affiliates, Secret of Mana


Over at Secret of Mana: Redux you can read all about the Monsters and Bosses in Secret of Mana.

Not only will you find the most detailed data sheets out there, with the information within coming directly from the game’s code, but you’ll find translations of the Monster and Bseoss descriptions from the best official guide Square put out in 1993. I even helped with a majority of those translations!

You can learn some interesting facts reading through those excerpts. For example, did you know Silktails are mutated Rabites?
Did you know most of the mechanical monsters and bosses were built by the Empire to replicate the real life versions of those monsters you face earlier in the game?
Did you know the Kimono Birds command the Mad Mallards, and they’re both in a group called the dark knights?
Did you know Griffin Hands exist because a drunk guy thought it would be a good idea to chop off a Griffin’s leg?

You’ll also want to check out each of the Boss entries, because they have really fun little comics! I believe most were translated by Sevon (the SaGa sage).

Well now you do! And you can know more facts if you head on over and check it out!
You can read about more updates to the site here.

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Secret of Mana – Items and Equipment Scans

February 6th, 2022 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Secret of Mana, Seikens

In an update that is 13 years overdue (I scanned and cleaned these images in 2009), I have added all of the Secret of Mana Items and Equipment to the Gallery. These images are really great, and I love the amount of work that went into them for something you never see in game.

You can also head to the Items page or the Equipment page to check them out with context! It’s fun to see how the little sprites match up with the actual drawing.

It’s also fun(ny) to imagine the three heroes actually wearing some of these getups.

These images came from the official “Fundamental Knowledge Compilation” released by Square when the game came out. You can read about it and other guides over at the Secret of Mana: Redux Collectibles section.

Who knows, maybe in another 13 years I’ll finish cleaning up the Weapon scans.

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Secret of Mana Promotional VHS

January 29th, 2022 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Affiliates, Secret of Mana, Videos

The videocassette is finally uploaded to youtube!

You can read more about it on the Secret of Mana: Redux page, and you can also read about all the effort to document this video on a post I made at the same site.

The video repeats after it plays once, so stick around for my annotations and translations added to the second half.

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The Legend of The VHS of The Secret of Mana

January 26th, 2022 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Affiliates, Articles, Secret of Mana, Videos

Head over to Secret of Mana:Redux to read an article I wrote about the search and rescue process for a rare promotional video cassette I just happened to buy in 2014.

Click here to read it!

It’s a return to form of the kind of things I used to write on this site way back in the day, in fact it links to an older write-up I did about a very different videocassette.

Here is how I feel about the whole thing:

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Making of the Secret of Mana Title Screen

January 24th, 2022 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Affiliates, Secret of Mana

There is a great new article over at Secret of Mana: Redux that explores how and why the Secret of Mana title screen is the way it is.

Click here to head over and read it! It delves into some tweets by Hiroki Kikuta, Koji Sugimoto, and Akari Ueda, all people who worked on the game back in the day! It’s quite interesting, and I won’t spoil anything about it in this post, so you’ll have to head over there to see what’s up!

The article was originally in Japanese, which you can find at i-mezzo.net if you’re interested, and it was translated by Sevon (the webmaster of the nifty Legend of Mana pages and intensely immense SaGa pages I keep bringing up).

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Secret of Mana: Redux – November Update

November 7th, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Affiliates, Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana

Serin Appears in Front of RandiIf you’re in the mood for some new (old) Secret of Mana art, head over to Secret of Mana: Redux for a collection of images! There are also some new lore postings as well that I’ll mention below.

Characters: Serin – As seen on the right, there is a great piece of art from Dengeki Super Famicom showcasing Randi’s encounter with the mysterious ghost at the bottom of the falls.

Characters: Truffle – A cute bit of art of the characters meeting the folks from Matango. The characters seem a bit suspicious.

Characters: Luka – Scroll down a bit to see how Randi feels about Luka. 

Locations: Ice Country – Check out the bottom of this page to see some absolutely adorable outfits for Popoie and Purim, Randi isn’t looking too impressed, however.

Locations: Kakkara – About halfway down the page you can check out some art about an encounter with the Spider Legs, and continue on to read about a small piece of cut material from the game. 

Lore: Dengeki – Some new art from the 4/9/93 Square Power Book is showcased here, along with translations of the text accompanying it. Additionally, translations from the 5/14/93 issue can be found, including some Final Fantasy Adventure stuff, some backstory for Dyluck, and info on Popoie’s home!

Lore: Marukatsu – The 1/1/93 issue has some translations of very early information from the game, as well as many more comparisons to Final Fantasy Adventure. Head most of the way down the page for an absolute treasure trove of art from 9/10/93! Some really fun stuff here, don’t miss it! ManaRedux was able to get these art scans thanks to the help of bluebomber. Thanks!

Special thanks to Sevon (the webmaster of the nifty Legend of Mana pages and intensely immense SaGa pages) for all the help on many of the translations found on these pages! 

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Secret of Mana: Redux – Early September Update

September 5th, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Affiliates, Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana
Mantis Ant don’t care.

There are some cool new updates over at our affiliate, Secret of Mana: Redux! I’ll give you some highlights here, but you’ve gotta head over there for the full story!

Lore: Dengeki – February of 1993 has four new pieces of content with some cute illustrations! You definitely already know the game tips they’re giving you, but remember these were released months before the game!

Lore: Hippon Super! – February of 1993 again here, with more details about how Secret of Mana compared to the original Seiken Densetsu game, Final Fantasy Adventure. This is the kind of content I find really interesting!

Locations: Kakkara – Check out the small Dengeki article about the early history of the Moon Palace at the bottom!

Locations: Tasnica – Another little article from Dengeki at the bottom here, talking about the castle!

Locations: Lost Areas – Now we’re talking! This page is what Secret of Mana: Redux is all about. Check out all the crazy screenshots of places that don’t exist in the game anymore! A cannibal island that doesn’t exist, enemies in weird places, some whip areas that remind me of Final Fantasy Adventure map, and even more await you on this page. You won’t want to miss this page!

There is a whirlwind tour of the new stuff on Secret of Mana: Redux, and if you haven’t checked out the other pages on the site, make sure you do! There is a veritable treasure trove of content on the site that you can’t find anywhere else!

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Secret of Mana: Redux – August Update

August 11th, 2021 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Affiliates, Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana

Our affiliate site Secret of Mana: Redux has some nice new translations up!

Over in the Lore section of the site, there are a bunch of Print resources. There are some nice scans of interesting art (look over on the right for instance) and translations of the information in the pages. A ton of these scans have to do with the time before Secret of Mana released. It’s full of speculation and revealing brand new (at the time anyway) information about the game, it’s a great resource to see how the game came to be!

Here is what is new!

Dengeki from this magazine you can check out a new translation in the April 1993 issue where they discuss how both Final Fantasy Adventure and Secret of Mana have the Rusty Sword in it.
Famitsu check out the May 1993 (that’s a few months before it released!) playthrough here. It’s one of the first times the game was played by people not on the dev team!
Hippon Super! here you can read about how the FFA and SoM charge systems work in the March 1993 section!
Marukatsu more FFA comparisons abound here! They’re all over in the February 93 section.
Shonen Jump / V Jump finally, just a few new images of Randi from July 93, but check out all the other neat art while you’re there!

Make sure to click around on the site, there is tons of information covering details about Characters you may not know, how different Locations changed throughout development, reviews of music tracks, and more!

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Link to a new Mana Site

March 4th, 2021 | Kassidy Kearey | Filed under Secret of Mana, Seikens

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.

Check it out at Secret of Mana: Redux!

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