It’s official! Square Enix has announced all 3 Seiken Densetsu (Secret of Mana) games for the Nintendo Switch, packed into the Seiken Densetsu Collection. You can watch the Japanese trailer down below.
No word on a U.S release, but now we’ve got our fingers AND toes crossed it sees the light of day.
Hopefully this isn’t some REALLY early April fools joke. The Twitter account for Seiken Densetsu (Secret of Mana in the U.S), has released this ten second clip of the 3rd game in the series that was never released stateside, running on the new Nintendo Switch.
— 聖剣伝説 -公式- (@Seiken_PR) March 20, 2017
Seiken Densetsu 3 was released on September 30, 1995 for the Super Famicom. My wife had picked me up a Super Famicom off Ebay back in Christmas of 2015. I had heard so many good things about the game that I had to try it out. I know literally ZERO Japanese, so the struggle was real. However, my brother and I persevered and clocked about 25 hours into it, we were making our way around the map fighting all the god beasts, progressing towards the end of the game. We took about a week break, when the next time we went to play it, the game had erased our data! It was heartbreaking and we haven’t picked it up since. We can only speculate as to whether or not this will release on the Virtual Console in the U.S right now. If it does release here, you can bet we will be jumping right back into it.
It’s garnered near unanimous critical acclaim. It’s also a massive adventure. It plays like the rest of the Mana series, action RPG style. There’s 6 characters with their own various stories, and you can have a party of 3 (2 player co-op, maybe the switch release will have 3 player?). You can mix and match the 3 party members so you have multiple different stories and endings depending on who journeys with you. There’s a ton of replay value here. Each character has their own class which can branch down different paths depending on if you go light or dark. I was a paladin back in the day before it was all taken away from me. Excuse me while I hold back my tears. Just kidding, I’ll be fine…………yeah probably not.
There have been English fan translations that you can find online, but I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to stuff like that. I always prefer playing the original over fan made, I don’t know why but I just do. It really is one of the best RPGS on the Super Famicom, it’s unreal that it’s taken this long to possibly (fingers crossed) get released over here. Hopefully if this garners enough popularity, they will feel inclined to release a new Secret of Mana on the current gen of consoles. One can only dream. – NVJ