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Secret of Mana was originally released for the Super NES in 1993, and it quickly became one of the most beloved RPGs of all time. But next year, a whole new generation of players will get the chance to experience Secret of Mana after Square Enix launches a 3D remake of the game for the PC, PS4, and Vita on February 15:
Originally released in 1993, Secret of Mana faithfully tells the story of Randi, Primm and Popoi as they battle a treacherous empire in order to reclaim the power of Mana and bring the world back to order.
The Secret of Mana remake will include “upgraded gameplay for modern platforms,” as well as a newly arranged musical score. And fans who pre-order the game will be able to customize their heroes with the Moogle Suit Costume Pack and the Tiger Suit Costume Pack.
The first trailer for the Secret of Mana remake has been embedded above.
Square Enix’s Seiken Densetsu Collection (also known as the Secret of Mana Collection) will be available exclusively for the Switch on June 1st. Unfortunately, the publisher has yet to announce if the compilation will launch outside of Japan, and as of right now, it seems unlikely that English-speaking audiences will never get a chance to play it.
However, with just one month before its Japanese launch, Square Enix has released a trio of short videos showcasing some of the Seiken Densetsu Collection’s new features.
With “Screen Change Mode,” players will be able to customize the screen setting to their liking, as well as add Super Game Boy color palettes to the first game in the series, Final Fantasy Adventure. Players will also have a “Quick Save” option to pause the action and return to the game at a later date. Finally, a “Music Mode” will let players listen to each game’s soundtrack right from the title screen.
Yesterday, Square Enix teased fans with a short video showing Seiken Densetsu 3/Secret of Mana 2 being played on a Switch. Today, the publisher confirmed that a Seiken Densetsu Collection will be released exclusively for the Switch in Japan this Summer.
In addition to featuring the third entry in the franchise, the compilation will also include Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden (released in America for the Game Boy as Final Fantasy Adventure) and Seiken Densetsu 2 (released in America for the Super NES as Secret of Mana). All three games will retain their original graphics, but with added portability thanks to the Nintendo Switch.
The Seiken Densetsu Collection will be released in Japan on June 1, but Square Enix has yet to announce if it’ll be released in North America. Though it’s important to note, the Switch is region free, so as long as you can read Japanese, you’ll be able to play it anywhere in the world.
— 聖剣伝説 -公式- (@Seiken_PR) March 20, 2017
Originally released in 1995, Secret of Mana 2 (also known as Seiken Densetsu 3) is one of the only games in the series to never receive a North American localization. However, it looks like Square Enix is planning to bring the critically-acclaimed action RPG to the Nintendo Switch sometime soon… though possibly only in Japan.
Earlier today, Square Enix posted a short video of two developers playing Secret of Mana 2/Seiken Densetsu 3 on a Switch to the official Twitter account for the franchise. The only other information in the tweet was a Japanese hashtag for #Mana, so it’s unknown if this is some kind of a prank, or possibly a sly tease for a future Virtual Console re-release.
However, Square Enix is also in the middle of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Mana series, so now would definitely be a fine time to re-release the game for modern audiences. The Mana series began in 1991 with the release of Final Fantasy Adventure, and I’m sure fans of old school action RPGs would be thrilled to finally receive a fully-sanctioned English translation of the third entry.
But until Square Enix makes an official announcement, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
The Secret of Mana series has received short shrift from Square Enix over the years. While dozens of Final Fantasy games have been released (or re-released) in the last decade, the Mana series has only received a pair of mobile games since 2007. And even then, both games are only available in Japan.
But the Mana series might be making a comeback very soon.
“With 2016 being Mana‘s 25th, anniversary, I believe it will be a year of making all kinds of preparations for it,” said Oyamada when asked to comment about 2015. “We’re working our best so we can offer something to everyone that has been waiting in anticipation.”
Obviously, no one yet knows what Square Enix is preparing. But maybe the publisher will finally release the Super NES title Seiken Densetsu 3 (also known as Secret of Mana 2) in North America for the first time. I can dream, can’t I?