Seiken Densetsu and the Potential Move West

Secret of Mana Remake Official

There’s been some buzz lately regarding the remake of Secret of Mana coming to the Playstation 4, Playstation Vita and Steam.  Hitting shelves on February 15th- which I feel like will be the longest two and a half weeks of my life- the game is the second in the Seiken Densetsu series to receive the HD remake treatment.  The first, Adventures of Mana, was an update of the originator of the series which was released in the US as Final Fantasy Adventure.  Adventures was well-received for the most part, so it’s no surprise to see Secret of Mana given the same treatment considering that it has already seen some re-releases on mobile devices and the Wii Virtual Console.

Fans of the Seiken Densetsu series have had a few questions regarding how the property is being handled, however, both of which have been alluded to in articles popping up over the past day or two.

The first- and frankly most egregious- is why the Switch has been overlooked for the HD remake of Secret of Mana.  Seeing as how the game has been a Nintendo mainstay in a number of fashions, most recently on the Super Nintendo Mini that released last year, it was a strange choice not to choose the Switch as a launch platform for the game.

The second issue has to do with the Seiken Densetsu Collection that released in Japan back in June of 2017.  I watched a trailer with dubious optimism as it played through previews of Final Fantasy AdventureSecret of Mana, and the as-of-yet released in the United States title, Seiken Densetsu 3.  While a fan translation has been available for some time for the third entry of the series, there has been no motion to localize the game for audiences in our hemisphere.  Given the popularity of the original two entries, it left fans scratching their heads as to why Square Enix wouldn’t work toward releasing the trilogy here, as well.

Addressing both of these issues, the company has now said that they have heard the voices of their fans and that they are considering both options, though nothing is being planned at the moment.  Given the recent practices of Square, I’d place a fairly large wager that the remake of Secret of Mana will make its way to the Switch.  It would be tough to justify not doing so, especially given the number of ports the system is already receiving.

I’m a little less hopeful for the Seiken Densetsu Collection unfortunately.  I’m not sure Square Enix is interested in making an entire translation for the third entry of the series and with Secret of Mana releasing shortly, they may already be satisfied with whatever the result is of this endeavor.  There may be a possibility of another remake, though that’s complete speculation on my part.

If you’d like to read the original article I’ve referenced, it’s short but it’s right here at RPGSite.com.

If you’d like a look at Secret of Mana before it’s HD release on February 15th, I’ve also reviewed it here.

Do you have any thoughts or predictions regarding the upcoming release or any future the Mana series may have in the future?  Let me know in the comments!

Some Secrets Need to Be Shared – Super Nintendo – Secret of Mana – 1993

SECRET OF MANA
Super Nintendo
Square
(c) 1993
Genre: Action Role-Playing

If you ask anyone about their retro role-playing opinion, nine times out of ten, you will hear them rave and rant about some RPG published on the Super Nintendo. The sheer volume of iconic role-playing games that appeared on the Super Nintendo is heralded by plenty of gamers. One of the most incredible of those games is Secret of Mana, a game by a little company called Squaresoft (ever heard of them?) in their immense heyday. It certainly was not lost in the hustle and bustle of Final Fantasy III and other such games of the time, as it has still carved out a place in RPG history. Recently, it was even re-released on the Wii’s Virtual Console. How’s that for longevity?

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