I think it's safe to say that everyone who has played Secret of Mana is in love with the game. Has any other game been considered to be a such a masterpiece with so many exploitable glitches, broken mechanics, and janky animation bugs? I suppose if your graphics are beautiful enough, co-op is fun enough, and music is out-of-this-world enough, fans are willing to forgive a lot.
Well, the exploits are half the fun of Secret of Mana, and Square Enix acknowledged this when porting the game to iPad by not changing a thing. Coincidentally, or not, it is also generally accepted as one of Square Enix's best iOS ports out there. Go figure!
Now, Android users have a chance to join in on the fun. In a recent interview with Dengeki, Producer Masaru Oyamada confirmed that he is currently working on an Android port for the beloved classic. He doesn't provide a date, but with the 25th anniversary of Secret of Mana's franchise coming in just two years, he says he would like to aim for that.
"The Mana series are titles that aren't readily available on current consoles. Especially Seiken Densetsu 3, which was only available on the Super Famicom. Therefore, I'd like to make Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden, Seiken Densetsu 2, and Seiken Densetsu 3 as a series that can be properly played."
For clarity's sake, Seiken Densetsu 2 is Secret of Mana in Japan, a game already on iPad, Virtual Console, and now coming to Android.
Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden is Final Fantasy Adventure in America on the original Game Boy and should be a high priority for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.
Seiken Densetsu 3 has never been officially localized in English, and again, I doubt Oyamada is referring to an American audience in this article. Fans have been unofficially playing Seiken Densetsu 3 through fan translations for years. I don't think Square Enix sees much lost revenue from that status quo, or it would have acted a long time ago.
A fourth game exists as Dawn of Mana in America, but I think it would be best if we just forget about that one. Oyamada seems to think the same since he didn't mention it. You're not missing much if you haven't played it.
The announcement comes a day after Square Enix released Rise of Mana for Android devices in Japan. The free-to-play entry in the series is not considered to be a major release despite Oyamada himself producing it.
All this focus on mobile doesn't rub me the wrong way like Final Fantasy, mostly because it means Square Enix acknowledges it exists. However, like most fans, I would prefer to sit back and enjoy a new full-fledged Mana game on my PlayStation 4 or Nintendo 3DS. Here's to hoping that happens some day, which Oyamada also hints in the interview that it might.
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