A remastered version of Legend of Mana, the 1999 action RPG developed and published by Square for the PlayStation, is scheduled to be released on June 24 for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch and PS4.
In its description, Nintendo Switch writes, “Set off on a journey to find the mystical Mana Tree seen in a dream, before discovering… the world map is empty! During your travels, you’ll acquire special artifacts; place these wherever you’d like on the map to bring towns and dungeons to life and advance the story.”
The remake features remastered graphics, a rearranged score and the Ring Ring Land mini game, which will be available for the first time outside of Japan. The remaster is also one of the most open-ended action-RPGs in the series, allowing players to gather artifacts and use them to shape the world and determine the stories that are seen.
In recent years, Square Enix has brought back a number of Mana games. In 2018, a full 3D remake of Secret of Mana was released for PS4, PlayStation Vita, and Microsoft Windows, and in 2020, a 3D remake of Trials of Mana was released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch and PS4.
Originally released for PlayStation back in 1999, Legend of Mana, the fourth game in the Mana series, following 1995’s Trials of Mana, is set in the world of Fa’Diel and follows an unnamed hero on a quest to restore the Tree of Mana. Directed by series creator Koichi Ishii, designed by Akihiko Matsui, and produced by Square director and producer Akitoshi Kawazu, the game sold 400,000 copies in its first week of release.
The game was acclaimed by critics who praised its vibrant and colorful hand-drawn graphics and soundtrack by Yoko Shimomura. In November 2000, Legend of Mana was ranked number 48 on Weekly Famitsu’s list of top 100 PlayStation games of all time. The game also spawned numerous other projects, including an artbook, Legend of Mana: Making of Mana, which was published in 2000 by ASCII, and five-volume manga series, created by Shiro Amano, which was published between 2000 and 2002.
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