This year, Square's beloved fantasy RPG series, Mana, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The series' first game, Final Fantasy Adventure, first launched in Japan in June 1991, before eventually coming to North America later that year and to PAL regions in 1993.
Of course, Nintendo Switch owners have recently been treated to a rerelease of Legend of Mana, a spin-off of sorts that first appeared on PlayStation back in 1999-2000, and it is this release that stars as the focus of a new video shared by Square Enix.
Below, you can see Mana Series Producer Masaru Oyamada and Legend of Mana composer Yoko Shimomura chatting about the game's development, and how they went about preserving the original game's character when working on the remake. Make sure to give it a watch here:
It was also recently confirmed that a brand new Mana game is currently in development for consoles. It's not a bad time to be a fan of the series, huh?
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Lovely game, and the music is awesome! At first, I was confused when I heard the sung version of the main theme... wait, is that Swedish? The lyrics are kinda weird, like they have been "Google Translated" into Swedish from the language they were written in. But cool nontheless!
Playing Trials and have the more controversial Legends on my list.
I loved the game when it came out and played it over and over, renting it numerous times. In fact, the amount of times we rented it, probably could have just payed for the game lol.
That being said, now that I've played the remaster without nostalgia glasses on, I can see why it's such a divisive game.
@KimBread Did you mean 'divisive'?
Love the look of this and want people to tell me it's great, but that doesn't seem to be the consensus.
@gcunit Yep! That's spell-check for you!
Don't get me wrong, the game is a lot of fun and has some good story (when you find it), but without past playthroughs (or Googling) , the game is very confusing and unclear on what the player should be doing.
Really hoping for a follow-up to Legend of Mana in the same style. Hopefully the remaster sells well enough! Sometimes I worry a sequel won't feel the same without the pixel art, but then again, the picture book backdrops have already been remade without the pixelated look, so, I don't know. I guess it could work.
I really loved Secret of Mana back in the days of SNES. I know all the complaining, but I would buy the PS/PC remake and the Androis/ios remake of the first one if they come to the Switch
Legend was one of my favorite games back in the day. Something about how everything meshed together was really cathartic. The art style, the music, the isolated story arcs, I spent a lot of time with it. The soundtrack is still one of my favorites, and I think I still have some of the fan art of the characters I drew lying around somewhere. I know it wasn’t to everyone’s liking, but it always reminded me of a beautifully illustrated storybook.
Secret, Trials, and Legend are the only good Mana games, everything else were just garbage. Square needs to remake Secret of Evermore and turn that into a franchise too. We need a Trials of Evermore and Legend of Evermore as well.
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