The rumours have been circling for the last few days, and now we have confirmation. Yep, legendary Japanese JRPG series Seiken Densetsu is on its way to Nintendo Switch as the Seiken Densetsu Collection. Well, it is in Japan anyway.
Square Enix had initially teased this announcement earlier in the week, though a ten second demo of Seiken Densetsu 3 running on the Nintendo Switch. However, it has now been confirmed that it’s not just Seiken Densetsu 3 that will be arriving for Nintendo’s new console as part of the series’ ongoing 25th anniversary celebrations. Instead, the Seiken Densetsu Collection will actually feature all three of the classic 8 and 16-bit retro entries in the longstanding JRPG series.
You’ll be forgiven though if you’re still wondering what exactly Seiken Densetsu is. That’s simply because many of us in the west will actually know the series more commonly as the “Mana” series, taking it’s name from the famous Super Nintendo JRPG Secret of Mana. However, just for clarity, let me quickly run down what you can expect to find in the collection, alongside their more commonly known names in the west:
- Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden (Final Fantasy Adventure / Adventures of Mana) [Game Boy – 1991]
- Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana) [Super Famicom – 1993]
- Seiken Densetsu 3 (unreleased outside of Japan) [Super Famicom – 1995]
Interestingly, Square Enix’s announcement also revealed a few additional features that will be added to these retro classics when they arrive on Switch. These include the ability to quick save, a music gallery featuring the soundtrack from all three games, aspect ratio options, and a multiplayer option for up to three players on both Seiken Densetsu 2 and 3. Unlike other collections such as The Disney Afternoon Collection though, this collection won’t include any graphical remastering.
The Seiken Densetsu Collection will be arriving on June 1st, and will be available both digitally, and as a physical release for 4,800 yen. Sadly though, it seems as if for now the collection will only be arriving locally in Japan. Still, thanks to the Switch’s lack of region locking, if your Japanese is up to scratch, then you’ll still be able to enjoy this collection.
Oh, and for those interested in learning more about the storied history and confusing naming of the original Seiken Densetsu, then you’ll want to make sure you check out our two part RetroVision on the topic:
- RetroVision – The Many Names of Seiken Densetsu Part 1
- RetroVision – The Many Names of Seiken Densetsu Part 2