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One of the greatest action RPGs of the 90s will be reborn on the PlayStation Store this week.
Square Enix hasn’t always given the Mana series its due (the third game in the franchise was never even released in the US), but the publisher is ready to launch a 3D remake of Secret of Mana for the PS4 and Vita this week. Featuring upgraded graphics and a new translation, Secret of Mana has never looked like this before. Also available for the PS4 this week is Fe, a wordless platformer developed by Zoink and published by Electronic Arts.
Several larger releases will also be available to download for the PS4 through the PlayStation Store this week including Dynasty Warriors 9, the latest action extravaganza from Koei Tecmo, and Kingdom Come: Deliverance, a medieval RPG from Warhorse Studios.
You can learn more about the rest of this week’s additions to the PlayStation Store after the break. (more…)
The remakes are coming! The remakes are coming! There aren’t many original games making their way to store shelves in February, but if you’re interested in exploring some of gaming’s greatest hits thanks to some new remakes and remasters, then you’ll definitely want to pay attention to this month’s upcoming releases.
Sony is rebuilding Shadow of the Colossus “from the ground up” on the PS4, and Square Enix is giving a similar full makeover to Secret of Mana. Atlus is stuffing a wide variety of new content into Radiant Historia to create Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology for the 3DS. And Nintendo and Sega are bringing Bayonetta back for another fight against the heavenly horde in both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2.
You can find what we’re looking forward to after the break, along with a complete release schedule for all of this month’s new releases. (more…)
Square Enix is thinking about bringing Secret of Mana remake to Switch and Secret of Mana Collection to US
Square Enix will release Secret of Mana for the PC, PS4, and Vita in a few weeks, but the developer might also bring the RPG remake to the Switch in the near future. Producer Masaru Oyamada recently sat down with IGN, and he confirmed the publisher has heard that fans want Secret of Mana on the Switch:
“When we originally started to develop this title, the Switch wasn’t announced at that time, and so we started developing for the PlayStation platforms,” Oyamada explained. “With that said, after announcing this, there has been quite a bit of demand for the Switch version. So, we are taking in that feedback, and if there is large demand for it we’d like to see what we can potentially do. But no plans as of yet.”
Oyamada was also asked about the possibility of a North American launch for the Secret of Mana Collection, which was released last year for the Switch in Japan. The Collection includes the original Secret of Mana, as well as Final Fantasy Adventure and Secret of Mana 2 (originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3). According to the developer, it would be difficult, but it’s something Square Enix is “continuously thinking about”:
When asked if about the possibility of Seiken Densetsu 3 getting localized for the west, Oyamada replied, “Of course, with the demand for Seiken Densetsu 3 we do want to kind of consider it.” However, if the studio were to take on such a task, there’d be some hurdles to overcome when localizing a game that was originally released in 1995 for the Super Famicom.
“Looking at the classic version obviously we don’t have the same development environment, so it may be a little bit difficult to consider bringing [a localized version] over in the current condition,” Oyamada said. “We do want to kind of figure out if we can figure out a resolution. That’s something we’re continuously thinking about, but nothing we can say for sure.”
The Secret of Mana remake will be released on February 15.
Square Enix has announced they’re teaming up with GameStop to produce a Retail Edition for the Secret of Mana remake in “limited quantities.” The PS4-only Retail Edition will be released on February 15, and fans who pre-order the game will receive a special costume pack containing a “Moogle Suit” for all three characters, a “Tiger Two-Piece” for Primm, and a “Tiger Suit” for Randi and Popoi.
Canadian PS4 owners will be able to purchase Secret of Mana’s Retail Edition from EB Games, and the RPG will also be available as a digital download for everyone on the PC, PS4, and Vita.
We’re slightly less than three months away from the launch date for Square Enix’s Secret of Mana remake. The multiplayer action RPG was a smash hit on the Super NES all the way back in 1993, but the publisher is looking to make a few changes to the game ahead of its new-generation debut.
A quick rundown of those changes, including the additions of Interlude Episodes and a Game Log, appeared on the Square Enix Blog earlier today:
- Co-Op Multiplayer – one of the main things we’ve been asked since we announced the remake is whether or not co-op would return, and I’m glad to announce that yes, it will! The Secret of Mana remake will let you play offline multiplayer co-op with up to two other players, so get your friends together! If you’re playing the PlayStation Vita version then you can play ad-hoc multiplayer with up to two friends, each player will need a PS Vita as well as a copy of the game each.
- Multiplayer Update – we’re not just adding multiplayer, but actually improving it too – now when one player casts magic all other players will be able to continue playing, without having to wait.
- The Music – the Secret of Mana remake is going to come with a brand new rearranged soundtrack, but for those of you who loved the original (or just want a trip down memory lane) we’re going to include the soundtrack from the original game too, and most importantly, you’ll be able to switch between them whenever you like!
- Interlude Episodes – these are brand-new to the remake and show all-new scenes and interactions between Randi and the friends he meets on his adventure.
- Game Log – now you’ll be able to look back at Randi’s adventure to remind yourself of the story so far from the game log. If I don’t play a game for a few days I often forget what last happened, so I’m going to find this particularly useful and I hope you will too.
- Trophies/Achievements – if you want (and manage) to take on every challenge in Secret of Mana then you’ll probably want to be able to show off how well you’ve done, and now you’ll be able to!
The Secret of Mana remake will be available for the PC, PS4, and Vita on February 15.
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.