Secret of Mana

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Secret of Mana is an action adventure role-playing game by Square released on the SNES on 1993-08-06. It was later ported to Android and iOS and emulated on several platforms. It is the second game in the Mana series. In the game, you play a group of children whose world is being torn apart by the strange disappearance of mana. It is your destiny to figure out why and stop it. The game allows for up to 3 players to play simultaneously.

I first saw Secret of Mana at the house of a middle school friend. He had rented the game and already played through a lot of the intro, so he already had the girl and the sprite. I played with him as the second player and, together, we made it through almost the entire game. He even kept the game a couple days later in an attempt to beat it, but he eventually had to return it. Not too long after, another friend of mine bought the game, and he and I played it together. I watched him beat the final boss, but I never beat it myself. Years later, bought a used copy at FuncoLand and played it all the way to the end, but I wanted to max out my characters before beating the end boss. I ended up getting bored, and didn't bother to finish the game. Several years later, I finally beat the end boss and beat the game.

I later played Final Fantasy Adventure and was a bit surprised at how much of the game's design had originated in the Game Boy title.

This is, by far, my favorite title in the Mana series, but also one of my favorite SNES games, and one of my favorite video games over all.

Status

I own this game and have beaten it and have leveled my characters well-beyond what is necessary to finish the game.

Review

  • Overall: 9/10
  • Best Version: SNES

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Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English Secret of Mana
Japanese 聖剣伝説2 Seiken Densetsu 2 The Legend of the Sacred Sword 2

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