Posts from June 2019

After 24 years, Seiken Densetsu 3 has finally been released in English

June 12th, 2019

The early games of the Mana series, known in Japan as Seiken Densetsu (“Legend of the Holy Sword”) had a strange journey to the West. The first game was released in English as Final Fantasy Adventure, presumably to capitalize on the familiarity of the Final Fantasy name. The second was released as Secret of Mana, known as one of the great SNES action RPGs. But the third game was never officially released outside of Japan, eventually becoming the subject of a notable early fan translation.

In 2017, Seiken Densetsu Collection was released for the Nintendo Switch in Japan, compiling all three titles into a single release. It would have been the perfect opportunity for Square Enix to give Seiken Densetsu 3 its first official English release, but after two years with no word about a potential Western release, I’d written the idea off entirely.

So imagine my surprise when Nintendo announced at E3 this week that not only was the collection being released in English (as Collection of Mana, with Seiken Densetsu 3 now dubbed Trials of Mana), but that it would be available to purchase digitally that very same day (it’s already out as I write this). Additionally, there will be a physical release in August (for which I am personally holding out).

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