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  1. The SNES classic Secret of Mana is one of the most beloved RPGs out there, and Square Enix just tugged at fans' heartstrings by making a surprise announcement that both its prequel and sequel would be joining the game in a collection that's due out for the Nintendo Switch later this year. Now here's the bad news: it's only for Japan. However, the fact that the collection is receiving a physical release is making some fans think that a Western release could be possible. One thing that could be standing in the way, though, is Secret of Mana's sequel -- the Japanese-only Seiken Densetsu 3 -- which would has never been localized for English territories (though unofficial translations have existed online for years). Seiken Densetsu 3 was notable for several innovations, such as being able to choose any 3 of 6 heroes at the start of the game, where their own story arcs would intersect with each others' and the overall plot throughout the course of the game. There were also three different final bosses and end dungeons to experience depending on who you chose as the primary hero. Secret of Mana's prequel was originally known in the US as Final Fantasy Adventure, and was also remade in 3D for Vita last year as Adventures of Mana. In any event, the Seiken Densetsu Collection will release in Japan on June 1 for 4,800 yen (which is roughly $43 USD). We'll have to wait and see if anything is in the works for English-speaking territories, but in the meantime you can watch the trailer below. Would you buy the Seiken Densetsu/Mana series collection if it came to the Americas and Europe?
  2. The Game Boy library is infamous for housing several games that bear the Final Fantasy title despite not belonging in the canonical series of games. What a handful of you know as The Final Fantasy Legend, Final Fantasy Legend II, and Final Fantasy Legend III are actually the beginnings of the SaGa series. A few of you have probably played games like SaGa Frontier or Romancing SaGa—the “Legend” games are much more related to those than any Final Fantasy game of that era. Interestingly enough, the Nintendo DS got remakes of & SaGa 3, both of which remain exclusive to Japan. The other misattributed Final Fantasy game on the Game Boy is Final Fantasy Adventure. I recall that game being much more popular in my youth because of its similarities to top-down Zelda games. As it turns out—Final Fantasy Adventure is actually the first Seiken Densetsu game...you know, the Mana series. So, for those of you keeping track: Final Fantasy Adventure is what canonically came before SNES classic Secret of Mana. The identity crisis would become a lot clearer in 2003 with the release of Sword of Mana, an enhanced remake of the game I“ve been describing. And so it goes. At TGS 2015, Square-Enix announced a(nother) remake of 1991“s Final Fantasy Adventure is headed to PlayStation Vita and mobile devices in Japan this winter. You can view the trailer below, which seems to ignore Sword of Mana entirely in favor of showcasing a graphical transition from the Game Boy to the three-dimensional modern era. If your first question after seeing this trailer is: Why are they remaking the first Seiken Densetsu again instead of giving Secret of Mana the same treatment?—remakes of other games in the series may not be out of the question. The success of this game may pave the way for more remakes, as well as an eventual Seiken Densetsu 5. A PlayStation 4 port is under consideration as well. I“m...a little conflicted, personally. While I hope the game gets localized, I“m feeling rather pessimistic about it due to the fate of the other Game Boy remakes Square-Enix have worked on never coming, and the fact that plenty of Mana games have stayed in Japan over the years. Rest assured, if we don“t hear localization news soon, I am familiar enough with both Final Fantasy Adventure and Sword of Mana to try my hand at importing the (second) remake this winter. Here“s the official website, if you“d like to learn more. Do we have any Seiken Densetsu die-hards among us? Has anyone played Final Fantasy Adventure or Sword of Mana? How do you feel about this newly announced remake? Be sure to let us know!