Seiken Densetsu 3 (aka, Trials of Mana, aka, Secret of Mana 2)

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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.

Secret of Mana - Complete Nintendo Power Guide 13 JRPG, Magazine, Nintendo Power, Secret of ManaNintendo 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.

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SD3 is also being remade in full 3D under the nameTrials of Mana.