Seiken Densetsu 3 (aka, Trials of Mana, aka, Secret of Mana 2)
Part of the Collection of Mana, which bundles Seiken Densetsu 1-3 together (Final Fantasy Legend, Secret of Mana, Trials of Mana), Seiken Densetsu 3 (or Trials of Mana as it is marketed on the Nintendo Store) is the sequel to Secret of Mana for SNES.
Seiken Densetsu 1 (Final Fantasy Legend), Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana), Seiken Densetsu 3 (Trials of Mana on the Nintendo Store, sequel to Secret of Mana for SNES) bundled together to form the Collection of Mana - a quintessential JRPG experience for the Nintendo Switch.
You may be wondering the order of the mana series is - firstly, the game's aren't sequential, similar to how Final Fantasy 7 has nothing to do with Final Fantasy 1... or Final Fantasy 2... or ... you get the idea. However, in terms of the order of release, broadly you could order the Mana games as follows:
- 1. Dawn of Mana.
- 2. Children of Mana.
- 3. Final fantasy Adventure/ Adventures of Mana/Sword of Mana.
- 4. Heroes of Mana.
- 5. Trials of Mana.
- 6. Secret of Mana.
- 7. Legend of Mana.
Nintendo Power began to taunt "Secret of Mana 2" as 'coming soon', showing screenshots and inflating a balloon of hope which would only lose air and flail into limp dissapointment, along with hopeful fans.
This is the first time SD3 has ever been properly playable in English; it's an improvement over Secret of Mana / SD2 in nearly every facet. Picking a party of 3, with each character having individual lore and skills, you can choose from 6 unique playable characters which make for strong replayability.
SD3 is also being remade in full 3D under the nameTrials of Mana.