The revival of the Mana franchise by Square Enix is going strong as Legend of Mana is arriving on the Nintendo Switch, PC, and PlayStation 4 later this summer. The Mana franchise has been inactive for a couple of years, but its classic games are now being remade for modern systems.
The first three titles in the Mana franchise were ported to the Nintendo Switch as part of the Collection of Mana last 2019. This was noticeable for having the first English edition of Seiken Denketsu 3, which was localized as the Trials of Mana.
The collection also included Final Fantasy Adventure, as that was localized outside Japan under the Final Fantasy name. It wasn’t that long until Square Enix launched a full 3D remake of Trials of Mana with new content, bringing a bigger audience than ever before.
The recently concluded February 2021 Nintendo Direct included a reveal for the latest remaster in the Mana franchise. Square Enix has confirmed that a high-definition remaster of Legends of Mana is arriving on the Nintendo Switch this summer, July 24.
The studio also confirmed that the remastered game will also be coming to the PlayStation 4 and PC on the same day. A trailer for the Legends of Mana remaster was also posted on the official YouTube channel of Square Enix.
Legend of Mana is an action role-playing game that was launched for the original PlayStation back in 1999. The title is identical to the Final Fantasy Tactics Advance games, in that the player develops the world bit by bit, making their own world map.
The game featured a lot of side content and the user had tons of various items to collect and build. The new edition of Legend of Mana features HD graphics, a revamped soundtrack, and the cut Ring Ring Land minigame, which has not been included in international ports of the original game because of the PocketStation accessory not accessible outside of Japan. The people who will preorder the game before July 23 will have access to a free custom theme on the PlayStation 4 or an exclusive Legend of Mana wallpaper on the PC.
It’s nice to see Square Enix bringing back more of its classic games to modern consoles, especially as Saga Frontier: Remastered is also expected to be released in the coming months. Legend of Mana was quite different from the other titles in the Mana franchise, and it will be exciting to see if it still is a great game after all these years.