Secret Of Mana: One Game, Three Very Different Boxes

Remember opening up your first copy of Secret Of Mana? Those memories are probably quite different, depending on if you lived in Japan, North America, or Europe.

For this, the grand SEASON FINALE of Complete In Box, I crack into three different versions of Square’s fondly-remembered 1993 action role-playing game. There’s the U.S. one that I got for Christmas, the Japanese one that was one of the first things I bought when I first went to Japan in the year 2000, and the European big-box version that I bought recently.


Wait a minute, the European big-box version? Yes. If you remember the treatment that EarthBound got here for its SNES release, packaged alongside its full-sized strategy guide in a massive cardboard box, you might be interested to know that Nintendo of Europe did a similar treatment for several different games, including Mana.

In this case, my giant Secret of Mana is from Germany. What secrets will we find inside? Watch this double-sized episode of Complete In Box to find out. Thanks for watching all eight episodes of this season—we’ll be back with more and better Complete In Box as soon as we can!

Features Editor, Kotaku. Japanese curry aficionado. Author of the books Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life and Final Fantasy V from Boss Fight Books.



This was the game that made me realized that level grinding was just not for me.