Secret of Mana is a broken game that I will always love. Playing through the recent remake forced me to reckon with why that is.
The sad decline of the Mana series has been difficult to watch, and it’s equally unfortunate that its spiritual successor Ever Oasis suffers from similar problems—solid action RPG mechanics and moments of creative brilliance hampered by an experimental gameplay structure that drags everything down with it.
When the Seiken Densetsu Collection, the first three games in the Mana series, was released earlier this month in Japan, it did not come with instruction manuals. So Square Enix has decided to change that by releasing them online.
Here’s a nice little surprise for RPG fans who don’t like touch controls: Adventures of Mana, the Final Fantasy Adventure remake that came out earlier this year for smartphones, is now on Vita.
This week, Square Enix released Adventures of Mana, a remake of the classic Game Boy action-role-playing game Final Fantasy Adventure. Like many of Square’s other mobile games, it’s both A) pricey and B) excellent.
A Square Enix mobile developer has recently talked to Famitsu (via Siliconera) about a pair of new SaGa and Mana games which will "stay true to all [our] memories from the [SNES] and PlayStation era." The developer also mentioned that Square Enix's second mobile division would be "helping out" with the games.
In today's magically delicious episode of Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter Chris P. Bacon claims that while not one video game has portrayed magic perfectly, several have come close. He should know. He is a wizard.
Nintendo is apparently not making the upcoming Zelda game for the 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. According to the game's Australian rating (via Aussie Nintendo), Ocarina of Time 3D is being developed outside Nintendo.
A recent pol asked 3,000 people that same question in Japan. But before we get to that, let me ask you this: What's your favorite Square Enix franchise?