March 4th, 2021 | Kassidy Kearey | Filed under 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.
February 18th, 2021 | Deques | Filed under Seikens
Yesterday at Nintendo Direct Square Enix announced that Legend of Mana is going to be released this summer with remastered visuals and audio. The game will be available on Switch, Playstation 4 and Steam.
Legend of Mana was first released on the original Playstation in 1999.
February 21st, 2020 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Seikens
The Seiken Densetsu art book, Art of Mana, released in English a while ago. It’s been out in Japan for a very long time now, and this is the only time one of these style books has made it into an English translation which is awesome.
I have not updated the site with my collection of Mana related things in a long time. I’ve got a lot of interesting items I could share here. This one, however, is rare enough and relevant enough at the current time to make a post for.
As you can see, it’s a Casio G-Shock watch with “Secret of Mana” printed on the band.
Yup, that’s the extent of it.
But there were only 200 of these made.
The DW-8000s are fairly uncommon watches in and of themselves, and the avid vintage G-Shock collector community still demands a decent price for them, but they’re not impossible to get your hands on. But the fact there are only 200 with “Secret of Mana” printed on them made me think I would never get my hands on the thing. But here it is.
Just like any other DW-8000 it has “Fox Fire” EL backlighting, a red buffalo skull in the background, and the text “TIME TO GET TOUGH” scrolls by when you press the light button.
When Seiken Densetsu 3 was released in Japan, there were a number of items given away as raffle prizes. 200 of these G-Shock DW-8000-1 watches were given out, making this item quite rare. It’s very interesting, though, that the watch is related to Seiken Densetsu 3, but says “Secret of Mana” on it. It makes me wonder if the plans back then were to keep going forward with the “Secret of Mana” moniker if the game came out in English. In fact, if you look next to the watch on the raffle flyer, you can see a Mana stone with “Secret of Mana” printed on it just like the watch. Seems like that might have been the case. It also makes me wonder when the name “Trials of Mana” was decided upon, because it certainly wasn’t back in 1995. Just some interesting thoughts.
The other items I have from the raffle include the playing cards and the prologue book (5,000 each). Both of those items came out in non-raffle forms though. I’ve seen many of the phone cards (1,200) for sale on auction sites, but don’t own any. I’ve decided against collecting them because phone card collectors are insane and demand incredible prices for the things. Maybe someday I’ll go after them, but I’m not that interested honestly.
Anyway, that’s just a small update on my collection.
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For years the forum has been closed for registrations due the spam bots keep coming back. We closed the registration to stop the spam bots, but this also meant that nobody could register an account in forum.
I have updated the forum to the latest version of phpBB and re-opened the registration. Hopefully the spam bots don’t come back
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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