Now with reproduction cartridges, fan translations and emulation, Westerners can finally find out just how much they missed out on.
Developed by Square
Published by Square
Released in 1995
The 100th game review on BoxedPixels has to be something special I believe. A game worthy of time investment, a game with an interesting history and of course a game celebrated as being one of the finest in its genre. It needs to be a game many have heard of but few have played and it also has to be a game that showcases the strengths of the system and the developers that thrived on it.
“Playing ‘Mana 2’ now is a treat, one that takes all that was great with the first game and removes the commonly-criticised elements. But even with all the nods and thematic symmetry, 'Secret of Mana 2' is far more than more-of-the-same. The phrase "hidden gem" is often used to describe games, but it really is the best way to describe this masterpiece. If 'Secret of Mana' was Square's failed attempt to launch itself in Europe during the nineties then 'Seiken Densetsu 3' is the sad victim of that failure.
In many ways it's the perfect continuation of the series: lovingly-crafted, beautiful, storybook aesthetics; twice as many playable characters; and a versatile, non-linear story. It's a cliched thing to say but it's a tragedy that this game has been a secret for so long, treasured only by a few when it should be played by anyone who has ever enjoyed a SNES RPG."
Once issue 2 is published in April/May, you'll be able to read the entire review by buying a copy here . Weighing in at over 5,000 words it's by far the most comprehensive piece I've ever written on a game but it really was fantastic to get the opportunity to explore such a fascinating game in such detail.
Amazingly it's not sold at a premium price despite the amount of quality content it includes.