Rather than use the traditional turn-based battle system of games like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, Secret of Mana uses real-time battles akin to the Legend of Zelda series' games, but with the statistical-based elements of the RPG genre and a unique "ring menu" system. As is common with role-playing games of the 16-bit era, Secret of Mana is comprised entirely of a top-down perspective, in which three protagonists (a boy, a girl, and a sprite) navigate through the terrain and fight off hostile creatures.
Magic in Secret of Mana operates in much the same way as weapon skill progression, with the exception that magic points are consumed each time a spell in cast. World map half of the double-sided Nintendo Power poster Unlike most console role-playing games of the time, Secret of Mana does not switch to an overworld map each time the characters leave a dungeon or town. The story takes place in a fictional world, during an unspecified period following a war between a civilization and "gods" concerning the use of mana to fuel the "Mana Fortress", a flying warship.
The story begins when three boys from the village Potos disobey their Elder's instructions and trespass into a nearby waterfall, where a treasure is said to be kept.
Throughout their travels, the trio is pursued by the Empire, which seeks to unseal the eight Mana Seeds and revive the Mana Fortress. The trio flies to the Mana Fortress and confronts Thanatos, who is preparing to transfer his mind into Dyluck. The primary protagonist of Secret of Mana is the boy, who is supported by the spell-casting girl and sprite child.
Each time when the players encounter one of the 8 Mana Spirits, they will offer their services to both Primm and Popoi to cast Magic. The English translation for Secret of Mana was completed in only 30 days, mere weeks after the Japanese release.
In 1999 as part of their planned nine game lineup, Square announced they would be porting Seiken Densetsu 2 to Bandai's new handheld system WonderSwan Color. Secret of Mana Original Soundtrack (????2 ?????????????????, Seiken Densetsu 2 Orijinaru Soundo Vajion) is the soundtrack to Secret of Mana. Secret of Mana's title theme, "Angels' Fear" is well known by video game music aficionados for its haunting, echoing piano melody, and was featured in the third Orchestral Game Concert and the fifth Symphonic Game Music Concert, as well as serving as the base for many remixes.
Parts of the game's soundtrack, as well as some music from Seiken Densetsu 3, were incorporated into the Secret of Mana + compilation arrangement CD, an image album containing one 50-minute track.
How Square packed such a huge, beautiful soundtrack into one 16-bit cartridge is befuddling. The creative leads for The Secret of Mana are important figures in Square’s talented roster. The current console generation ushered in a co-op renaissance, but long before it The Secret of Mana offered a three-player role-playing experience.
Square Enix is well aware that the RPGs developed back in Square’s heyday have a devoted fanbase. Secret of Mana is an action role-playing game, featuring real-time hack-and-slash type of a combat. Her most notable power is shown in Secret of Mana when both the Girl and the Sprite must simultaneously cast the Mana Magic spell upon the Boy so that the Mana Sword is at its highest potential, and thus can be used to defeat the Mana Beast. Dryad is obtained in the Tree Palace, shortly before the Lost Continent rises from the ocean. Dryad is the final Mana Spirit obtained in Seiken Densetsu 3 and is found in the Lampflower Forest. In the world of Fa'Diel, Dryad is regarded as the Spirit of Trees, who governs over the strength of flora. Like her fellow spirits, Dryad can accompany the player character on their treks through Fa'Diel's myriad dungeons.
Her spells are Poison Bubble (for D'Kelli), Sleep Flower (for Gemiere, Falcon and Valda) and Leaf Sabre (for everyone else). In Dawn of Mana Dryad has a calm disposition, and is willing to wait for others to say their piece before she speaks her mind. With its brightly colored graphics, expansive plot, and soundtrack by Hiroki Kikuta, Secret of Mana is considered an influential game of its time.
Upon collecting enough experience points in battle, each character will increase in level with improved stats such as strength and evasion.
Located below each character's hit points is a percentage gauge that determines the amount of damage done to an enemy. From the start of the game, players must traverse an enemy-infested countryside in order to reach their next destination. Using the power of the Mana Sword, a hero destroyed the fortress and returned peace to the world.
One of the boys stumbles and falls to the bottom of the waterfall, where he finds a rusty sword embedded in a stone.
Unbeknownst to the Emperor and several of his strongest subordinates, they are being manipulated by Thanatos, an ancient sorceror who has offered to help them take over the world. However, Thanatos betrays the Emperor and his henchmen, killing them and seizing control of the Mana Fortress for himself.
With the last of his strength, Dyluck warns that Thanatos has sold his soul to the underworld and must not be allowed to have the Fortress.
While the three released versions of the game do not have a default name for each of the characters, the Japanese instruction manual refers to the boy, girl and sprite respectively as Randi, Primm and Popoi (or variants thereof). Popoie, the Sprite at the Dwarf Village who makes a living by scamming people at the dwarves' Freak Show.
The game was programmed primarily by Nasir Gebelli and produced by veteran Squaresoft designer Hiromichi Tanaka.
This was presumably so that the game could be released in North America for the 1993 holiday season.

The port was delayed and eventually cancelled when Square moved resources to Game Boy Advance development.
Originally released in 1993 in Japan under the name Seiken Densetsu 2 Original Sound Version by NTT Publishing and Squaresoft, its U.S. It is known for its variety of tunes which tend to focus on the use of percussion and woodwind instruments, ranging from a lighthearted dwarves' polka to a somber, wistful snow melody to a tribal-like dance. The legendary Final Fantasy titles, the time-bending adventures of Chrono Trigger, and the good, clean fun of Super Mario RPG have cemented the Japanese company’s legacy. The Secret of Mana blends delicate, haunting melodies, bass-heavy tribal beats, and Celtic-inspired tunes into a diverse collection. Players wield swords, spears, and magic spells to combat evil rabbits, bandits, and other bad guys. The franchise is called Seiken Densetsu in Japan, and the first game was released in the West as Final Fantasy Adventure on the Game Boy.
Koichi Ishii, the game’s director, worked on each Famicom Final Fantasy title before starting the Mana series. Instead, it stitches together assorted locations to create one huge world that Link would feel at home exploring.
After acquiring all three main characters, players can plug in a second controller (and a third with a multi-tap) to blast through the quest together.
In recent years, the company has made The Secret of Mana available on the Wii’s Virtual Console and iOS devices.
Dryad seems to suffer from a low self-esteem in most of her appearances and thinks very lowly of herself even though she is the Mana Spirit that is closest to the Mana Goddess.. She helps remove some vines blocking the path, and then tries to leave, but the hero encourages her to help on their quest. Although most of her magic has been sealed by Thanatos, she agrees to help the heroes anyway. After visiting the elven village of Diorre, the heroes learn of a hidden path in the Lampflower Forest. The trio can find refuge in towns, where they can regain hit points (HP) or purchase restorative items and equipment.
Swinging a weapon causes the gauge to fall to 0% and then quickly recharge, allowing that character to attack at full strength. The eight Elementals represent different elements (Fire, Water, Earth, etc.), and each provides the player with specific spells. Travel may be expedited through use of Cannon Travel Centers, where non-player characters offer to launch the party (via a giant cannon) to a far-away destination.
Guided by a disembodied voice, he pulls the sword free, inadvertently unleashing monsters in Potos and the surrounding countryside. Dyluck kills himself, forcing Thanatos to revert to a skeletal lich-form which is quickly defeated in battle. The origin of the heroes' names is somewhat cloudy: they were possibly bestowed by the Japanese Gamest Magazine previewing the game, then followed upon by other magazines and subsequently by Square.
After Randi pulled out the Mana Sword free, the monsters invaded Potos and the villagers persuade the Elder to banish him. As he had lost his memory of his past due to the flood to Gaia's Navel, he joins the party with Randi to refresh his memories.
After the release of Final Fantasy III, Tanaka wanted to help design a seamless game without a separate battle system. According to translator Ted Woolsey, a large portion of the game's script was cut out in the English localization due to space limitations and a lack of sequential text. Kikuta states that he had a particularly difficult time composing the score, which required him to combine his own style of popular music with the "game music" that is accompanied by the hardware and software limitation of the Super Famicom. The title theme’s otherworldly whale bellows and soft piano expertly introduces players to the mystical world of Mana.
Gaining experience, growing stronger, and clearing the world of enemies without being teleported to a separate battle screen was a revelation at the time. The simplistic 1991 title features combat and an overworld reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda on the NES, but with the leveling system that sets the Mana series apart.
Square RPGs are time-intensive commitments, but embarking on them with friends makes the hours fly by. We suggest playing the game any way you can, but the Wii provides the best modern experience. She is regarded as being the closest to the Mana Tree and the Mana Goddess, and her powers reflect this, with barriers that reflect magic spells, the ability to revive fallen party members, weapon enchantments that steal magic points, and granting temporary invincibility; for these powers, she is often regarded as the "Mana" or "Life" Elemental.
She gives Primm the ability to cast Wall and Revive, and also gives Popoi the Sleep Flower and Burst spells. Following that path leads them to a clearing where they must face off against Gildervine, a giant plant monster. The party wields eight different styles of weapons throughout the game: sword, spear, bow, axe, boomerang, glove, whip, and javelin. Magic skill can only be as high as the party's current Mana Power, which increases every time the party reseals one of the mana seeds during the course of the game.
The villagers interpret the sword's removal as a bad omen, and banish Randi from Potos forever. After putting the entire kingdom of Pandora under a trance, he abducts two candidates: Dyluck, now enslaved, and a young Pandoran girl named Phanna. Anticipating their arrival, Thanatos positions the Mana Fortress over the Mana Tree and destroys it.

Primm is in love with a warrior named Dyluck, who was ordered by the King to infiltrate Elinee's Castle.
Popoi may seem childish at times and is a bit of a smartmouth, but he has courage equal to that of the other two heroes. The English translation of Secret of Mana uses a fixed-width font to display text on the main gameplay screen. As with Wiki of Mana, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License. The Secret of Mana is about a boy, a princess, and a sprite on a quest to restore a magical sword and save the world from certain doom.
The game also incorporates a unique stamina-based combat system and innovative circular command menu for selecting spells, weapons, and items – something still seen in games like Mass Effect 3 and Max Payne 3. The Super Famicom sequel, Seiken Densetsu 3, never made it overseas, but a handful of other games in the Mana series have released on handheld Nintendo systems.
Hiromichi Tanaka, producer for The Secret of Mana and other games in the series, also worked on the Famicom Final Fantasy titles along with Xenogears, Chrono Cross, and several Final Fantasy side projects.
These contrasting themes provide players with fantastic settings ranging from ancient ruins to a futuristic flying battleship. The trio of players can develop cooperative -tactics using a variety of defensive and offensive support spells, deadly elemental magic, and swordplay.
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However, she is also regarded as the "Wood", "Tree", or "Leaf" Elemental due to her powers of poison breath, flowers that put opponents to sleep, strangling vines, and other plant-related spells.
After the Dark Lich is defeated, the seal on Dryad's magic is broken, allowing for Primm and Popoi to cast Mana Magic on Randi.
With the exception of the sword, all weapons can be upgraded eight times, and repeated use increases their Skill Levels to a maximum of 8, unlocking a new charged attack with each level. Later, the party is given access to Flammie, a type of dragon that is controlled by the player and can fly anywhere. An elderly Knight named Jema recognizes the blade as the legendary Mana Sword, and encourages Randi to re-energize it by visiting the eight Mana Temples. The charred remains of the Tree speak to the party, explaining that a giant creature called the Mana Beast will soon be summoned to destroy the Fortress.
Randi expresses reluctance to kill the Beast, fearing that with the dispersal of Mana from the world, the Popoi will vanish. Angry with her father and the king for this, as well as setting her up for an arranged marriage, she rebels and leaves the castle to join Randi in his quest, hoping to save Dyluck as well.
Popoi's gender has never officially been stated; however, in the Japanese version's script, he uses the first-person pronoun "oira" that is mostly used by male speakers.
Secret of Mana was originally going to be a launch title for the SNES CD add-on, but after the project was dropped, the game had to be altered to fit onto a standard game cartridge.
However, the choice of this font limits the amount of space available to display text, and as a result conversations are trimmed to their bare essentials, leaving a good portion of the game lost in translation.
While the plot may not be dripping with originality, the 1993 SNES adventure features groundbreaking real-time RPG mechanics and a sprawling world rivaling the size of Hyrule. Plus, you get to travel around the world by being fired out of a cannon and riding an awesome dragon.
Dryad is depicted as less confident in her abilities than the other Mana Spirits in Seiken Densetsu 3.
Weapons are upgraded through the use of Weapon Orbs, generally obtained after defeating a boss or found as a treasure in dungeons.
These sequences make use of the Super Nintendo's Mode 7 capability to create a rotatable background, giving the illusion that the ground beneath Flammie is rendered in three dimensions. During his journey, Randi is joined by Popoi, a Sprite child, and Primm, the daughter of Elman (a resident of the kingdom of Pandora, possibly a nobleman). However, the Beast has little control over its rage and will likely destroy the world as well. With Popoi's encouragement, the boy uses the fully-energized Mana Sword to slay the Beast, causing it to explode and transform into snow.
Koichi has estimated that as much as 40% of the game was excised to fit it onto an SNES cartridge, and Hiromachi stated that the original story was much deeper and darker in tone, and that there was simply no room to do any character development in the shrunken game. Also, while on Flammie, the player can access either the "rotated map", which presents the world as a globe, or the "world map," a two-dimensional view of the overworld. The Popoi initially tries to con Randi out of his money, but later accompanies him in hope of recovering his lost memory. The Mana Tree then reveals that it is comprised of the souls of women of a chosen lineage, currently speaking with the voice of the boy's mother who is also wife of Serin - the original Mana Knight. At the conclusion of the game, Randi is shown returning the Mana Sword to its place beneath the waterfall. Primm joins the party in search of her lost love, Dyluck, an officer in Pandora's army who has gone missing.

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