When it rains it pours, except this time in a good way! Gamers like myself have waited decades for Square Enix (known as Squaresoft back in the day) to finally release the sequel to Secret of Mana. It was called Seiken Densetsu 3 on the Super Famicom and it was never localized. Until now!
If you want the true 16-bit game, be sure to pick up Collection of Mana on the Switch right now (just released today for $40). However, if you want to experience the game with current day visuals and sound, you’ll want to pick up Trials of Mana (the new name for the game in the west) when it comes to the Switch in early 2020. If you’re like me, you’ll pick up both. It looks like this remake will feature some differences and as of now is listed as only a one player game, whereas the Super Famicom original supported two.
Number of Players: 1
Release Date/Window: Early 2020
When the world was shrouded in darkness, the Goddess of Mana drew forth the Sword of Mana to smite the eight Benevodons, monsters of destruction. She sealed the horrors inside the eight Mana Stones, bringing the realm back from the brink. Weakened from rebuilding the world, the Goddess changed herself into a tree and fell into a deep sleep for many years. However, the forces of evil soon sought to free the Benevodons to gain control of the world. They started a terrible war to further their plot and destabilize the kingdoms. Peace was at an end. Mana itself began to disappear from the world and the Mana Tree started to wither…
- Trials of Mana is full HD remake of the third entry in the Mana series, originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3. The entire game has been fully rebuilt from the ground up with modern 3D graphics.
- Create a party of 3 from 6 unique characters – different combinations reveal different stories.
- Experience completely revamped battle, leveling, and skill systems.