Secret of Mana is widely considered by many to not only be one of the greatest games of the 16-bit era, but also one of the crowning glories of the RPG genre. So, as you might imagine, the news that Square Enix will be giving this classic the full remake treatment, has gone down very well with retro gaming fans around the world.
Just as with its predecessor Adventures of Mana (or Seiken Densetsu as it was originally known), Secret of Mana will also be receiving the full HD 3D makeover. That’s not all though, as this brand new Secret of Mana remake will also see new dialogue scenes added, a brand new soundtrack, a visual style in the same vein as the Adventures of Mana remake, and even brand new voiced dialogue for characters in both English and Japanese. There’s even mention of upgraded gameplay, though there’ still no details on what this consists of.
Despite these changes though, Square Enix promise the essence of what made Secret of Mana so well loved will be maintained here. For example, players will once again step into the shoes of Randi, Primm, and Popoi as they struggle to stop a villainous empire from utilising the Power of Mana to take over the entire kingdom of Pandora. Hopefully this remake even maintains the bizarre side quest to save Santa.
For now, that’s all we know about this remake. Well apart from the fact that it will launch digitally worldwide on February 15 2018, just in time for the game’s 25th Anniversary. Oh, and that it will be launching on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Steam. It’s also worth noting that the Adventures of Mana remake also appeared on iOS and Android too, so whilst no other platforms have been announced, this isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.
Of course, for many, February may feel like a long time to wait. Lucky for those who have a hankering for some classic JRPG action though, Secret of Mana will also be returning as a part of the SNES Classic Mini too for fans who like their 16-bit classics in all their 2D glory. And for those lucky enough to be in Japan, well you’ll have already received a Switch re-release of all three classic Seiken Densetsu titles. So, one way or another there’s a lot to be excited for if you’re a fan of JRPGs.