Secret of Mana games revealed

Details emerge on upcoming PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS entries in long-running Square Enix role-playing series.

Square Enix is planning a few more installments in its Seiken Densetsu series, first introduced to US gamers with Secret of Mana on the Super Nintendo. While American gamers look forward to this fall's release of Children of Mana on the Nintendo DS, over in Japan Mana fans are awaiting Seiken Densetsu 4 on the PlayStation 2, and the DS follow-up to Children, Seiken Densetsu: Heroes of Mana.

Seiken Densetsu 4, which will be called Dawn of Mana in English, marks the first numbered sequel in the series since Seiken Densetsu 3, which appeared way back in 1995. According to the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu, it is also the first truly 3D title in the franchise and will incorporate the Havok physics engine. The story takes place 10 years prior to Children of Mana, and follows the adventures of Eldy and Ritzia.

As for the new DS game, Heroes of Mana will be a hybrid role-playing and real-time strategy game. The protagonist's name is Roger, a natural leader and excellent swordsman. The player will gather resources, summon monsters, and engage the enemy, with combat occurring in real time, as in previous Mana titles. Needless to say, all this will be facilitated by use of the stylus.

Dawn of Man is expected to hit shelves in Japan before the year is out, while Square Enix has not given any time frame for Heroes of Mana's release date. Both titles are being produced by Koichi Ishii.

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Hells_Hammer
Hells_Hammer

Don't get me wrong, I love the Mana series. But, come on. If you've ever played Secret of Mana through, you'd agree they need to re-release the Snes classic on DS (wi-fi? for anyone who played 3 players?) and stop waisting our time and money with all of these mediocre mana clones.

DarknessMageX
DarknessMageX

I also want to know why there are Seiken Densetsu 3 images included. The same thing has happened in the latest issue of Nintendo Power. To be honest, the only reason I even read the article about it was because I saw those screens and thought they were releasing SD3 for the DS, for which I almost had a joygasm right there on the bus. Were they just included by mistake? Does anyone know more?

Extra_Life
Extra_Life

Why are there screens of Seiken Densetsu 3 in the images page for Heroes of Mana? Its the same elsewhere on 1up too. Is the game going to an extra to the main quest of Heroes of Mana, becuase if it was, this would be one of the best things to happen for the DS.

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

more Mana games wow, this is just too sweet

rouguesquadron
rouguesquadron

I might just have to get a DS so that I can play Heroes of Mana. I played Secret of Mana when it came out on the SNES and I loved the game. Guess I'll just have to wait and se if it's worth it or not.

FortuneC00kie
FortuneC00kie

Anyone pick up Harvest Moon yet? They're taking a while to review the game, and I need an opinion. = (

FlashNovice
FlashNovice

Yeah, I agree with ShadoweaverCode, this is just cr*p

ShadoweaverCode
ShadoweaverCode

for ps2, exclusively!? no thanks, i dont care how good it is.

lordphatslo
lordphatslo

We got the first Seiken Densetsu. It was Final Fantasy Legend.

mat2g
mat2g

I don't think I ever head of this series. But it's always funny how simple articles like these eventually turns into a system wars thing. People are funny.

MrDan
MrDan

I've never played a Mana game before, but what I've heard about it the concept of the game is quite interesting. I'm looking foward to the DS version of this game.

wackoss
wackoss

Secret of Mana is the only fun Mana game. My main reason why I enjoyed it is that it was so customizable. There were only three playable characters but just by switching the weapons, they would play so differently. Then Square changed the formula with subsequent Mana games. Each character was restricted to only 1 type of weapon and they were stuck in classes. And so they stuck in lots of characters to try and compensate and most weren't interesting at all.

dragkill
dragkill

"Do you know if it will be an exclusive title for the 360? See ya!" It may, or it may not. All i'm saying is that don't generalize a group towards something else, as they can do various things onto other ones.

Thiago-d2
Thiago-d2

Sounds nice, though I have never try this series... DragKill: "Look at Blue Dragon for instance. They are getting some of the big people over in on it." Do you know if it will be an exclusive title for the 360? See ya!

Konfusion
Konfusion

SoM+Wiimote=fun. Indeed, I would take a Wii-enabled SoM over an HD SoM anyday. I hope Square is smart enough to agree.

dragkill
dragkill

"Yes, I'm sure it would be very pretty on the PSP. Unfortunately, any touch screen interaction they use might not work so well." That's what makes the DS so much fun. (I prefer fun gameplay over graphics. And yes i can say that, cause I have played games that were fun that have looked like ps1/n64 graphics, and i still think they are.) "Sweet can't wait to see hope they do this kinda stuff for the ps3 since the 360 won't get these." Don't count your chickens before they hatch. Though it may be almost never, it's sill possible for them to go out of the blue to make it on 360. Look at Blue Dragon for instance. They are getting some of the big people over in on it. Not saying that it is likely to happen, but it's possible in the future depending on how things go.)

wolfofthepack
wolfofthepack

yeah yeah yeah so cool man Seiken Densetsu 3 was awsome hope they come good (although they always do ) cant wait

dyne12
dyne12

Sweet can't wait to see hope they do this kinda stuff for the ps3 since the 360 won't get these.

tomp814
tomp814

Wow Pretty cool! And it won't be on the XBox! Sweet! ^^

wenbin09
wenbin09

Give us the mana series on the 360!!

Neoyamaneko
Neoyamaneko

Hope it doesn't bite like World of Mana. What a disappointment.

-o-o-o-o-o-o-ox
-o-o-o-o-o-o-ox

animemog, You got my hopes up.:( I thought he was going to be doing the voice acting. Pretty cool that someone mentioned it though.;)

kenerhai
kenerhai

eagerly awaiting both ps2 and ds versions, only hope that newer incantations can see a wii or 360 version.

ghangiskhan1
ghangiskhan1

Secret of Mana was great. These look pretty good as well.

3leMenT
3leMenT

i played the snes secret of man, and gba sword of mana, can't wait for the new ds one :D

_TheJoker_
_TheJoker_

I only played the xxxxx of Mana game for GBA (sword of mana is it? I can't remember it's name) and I thought it was crap. I didn't like the game, played for 6 hours and dropped it. I don't know wheter to get this new game or not.

Rezlow
Rezlow

Yes, I'm sure it would be very pretty on the PSP. Unfortunately, any touch screen interaction they use might not work so well. ;)

the_pope_basic
the_pope_basic

"? Wasn't the Seiken Densetsu series introduced in North America with Final Fantasy Advantures for the old Gameboy prior to the release of Secret of Mana??? (Oh and yay for more mana!)" FFA was awesome! I was completely blown away by the length of that game back in the days. Yay for Chocobot! :D

ssjtrunks6
ssjtrunks6

I bet any game they make for the ds, will look whole lot better on the psp

santiagochile
santiagochile

Instead of whining about how the PSP doesn't have many games, buy a DS lite! It's going to get a lot worse! Even companies like EA have said they are shifting more to the DS lite! The PSP isn't worth half its price. Get a DS lite, and you can play all those great games!

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

kaim_i y for ds. mana for psp!!! PSP?I thought it was for Ps2. At any rate my only other question is... will it still be multiplayer like it was for the snes? Or will it be single player. I loved how you could attack without really using a menu unless you used magic in Secret of Mana... well that and the three player multiplay. Being able to call the dragon was nice as well. Wonder if it will return.

kaim_i
kaim_i

y for ds. mana for psp!!!

maltnut
maltnut

Gimme Secret of Mana for my PSP and I'll be a happy boy. Chrono Trigger too while I'm dreaming.

Mad_Loser
Mad_Loser

yet another mana, I love the mana series I just hope they don't ruin it.

Gadwin100
Gadwin100

Dawn of Man? Perhaps meant Mana? Hmm. Sounds interesting. May look into it.

Xtatic324
Xtatic324

Wow.. I played SD3 and I can't say that it comes close to Secret Of Mana on SNES. Nothing to me can touch that out of all of them. The soundtrack to the game was just incredible and it was such a fun game... especially playing two players. Legend Of Mana was terrible.. It was just completly boring to me.. music wasn't all that either.. Ah well.. but anyway, I'm hoping they go all out with this game.

Palsa
Palsa

Great news, but I really hope they’d bring Seiken Densetsu 3 over!

bigelf72
bigelf72

Yay, but entirely outdated in today's standards...