New Mana Title on the Horizon?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

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Children Of Mana

Square Enix might be making a sequel to an old franchise, as the Japanese developer has trademarked the name Rise of Mana. This title suspiciously alludes to the Mana series, which began as a side story to Square’s own Final Fantasy series back in the early 90s.

Originally released as Final Fantasy Adventure (Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden in Japan) in 1991, the title was created by Koichi Ishii. While starting off as a side story to the Final Fantasy series at first, its popularity allowed the Mana series get up on its own two feet, enforced when the sequel removed the the Final Fantasy brand entirely, and was titled as Secret of Mana (or Seiken Densetsu 2 in Japan).

Since then, the series has grown quite large, spanning over eight sequels on multiple platforms.

Rise of Mana trademarked


Now this classic series maybe getting a sequel, as the title, Rise of Mana, was filed for trademark by Square Enix in June. However, Mana fans should not be celebrating just yet, as this trademark may not be the sequel you are hoping for. There is a possible chance that this may just be an indication that Circle of Mana, a card battle game for cellular devices, is finally getting localized to the West.

Those Mana fans who are hoping for a sequel should keep their fingers crossed, as the gaming community will have to wait patiently as more information on this development comes in.


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  • Joshua J. Slone

    “However, Mana fans should not be celebrating just yet, as this trademark may not be the sequel you are hoping for.” Well, that is pretty much par for the course for every Mana game we hear about in the last 10-15 years.

    • madmofo145

      Yeah, in truth even a full scale mana game wouldn’t be that exciting given what we’ve recieved of late. If they do manage to create a game akin to the SNES offerings it would be quite awesome, but I have great doubts.

  • Vinicius

    Never liked the mana gmaes, but I have to admit that the only good ones are on the SNES and GBA.

    • Marcus J. Hopkins

      Umm…that’s most of them.

    • vitalemrecords

      Legend of Mana, Children of Mana, Heroes of Mana, Dawn of Mana – that’s four games not on the SNES or GBA. Secret of Mana, Secret of Mana 2, Sword of Mana. That’s three games on the SNES or GBA. So… you’re wrong. Then there’s Friends of Mana and Circle of Mana that weren’t on SNES or GBA – but I don’t know much about those.

  • ….for Smart Phones.

  • multibottler0cket

    I hope it’s a console game with local multiplayer! Wii U would be nice, but not likely. I just hope it’s not a portable or cellular game. The best part of Mana games for me is the local multiplayer.

  • Coarse

    3DS please. Nintendo portables seem to be where Squenix does their best work these days.

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  • Nick

    If the current trend at SquEnix and Capcom are any indication, this game will be either a Facebook Social Game or a mobile social game. One of the reasons why I don’t want them to touch anymore of my beloved series. I don’t want any more of the classic IPs to be degraded into shovelware…

    • Clinton Nix

      pretty much.

  • Stealth

    they are going to smash my heart again

  • Ken

    Good news! But it’s alludes, not eludes.

  • John Ellis

    I be they will put it on IOS and then complain when no one buys it

  • Boy Girl Sprite

    Will Square realize that the series doesn’t work in 3D?

    Signs point to no!

  • Boy Girl Sprite

    Best possible scenario is that they’re finally localizing Seiken 3.

    But that will never happen because Square is run by morons.

    • Pyrotek85

      Many people love the original Secret of Mana (SD2), but I think the third entry is better in many respects. I think a lot of fans of the old favorite would enjoy it. I’ve played it a number of times, and I’d easily buy it and play it some more if they brought it over officially.

  • Andreas Bauer

    Even if it is a proper Mana game, it’s Square Enix… They’ll ruin it anyway

  • Marcus J. Hopkins

    1 Yen says it’s a shitty mobile game.

    • James Best

      One whole yen? Sign. Me. Up.

  • John Pena

    Oh god, no another mobile game. In square enix I’ve lost all hope.

  • RagunaXL

    children of mana and the shining soul’s for gba were both underated. mana on ps2 wasn’t great. another mana could be good. depending on whether it’s a mobile or browser game or not.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      No they weren’t… shining souls Maybe, but Children of Mana was one of the most derivative and annoyingly boring Hack N’ Slash RPGs ever made…

    • RagunaXL

      a hack and slash is only as annoying or boring as the party you roll with. Shining Soul I and II as well as CoM were all developed by the same studio and those titles are derivate of earlier games that they-themselves developed. can they be blamed for being consistant?

    • Dungeon crawling bore

      I didn’t finish Children of Mana it was so repetitive.

  • Xx_Kares_xX

    So who else is expecting this to be a cheap, throwaway Iphone/Android game like All The Bravest of Breath of Fire VI?

    • RagunaXL

      yeah, i’ll give yuh that, lol! i’m guessing it’s going to be some tap the screen smart phone game. sickening.

  • Chris Hansen

    Oh how I hope it’s an MMO for tablets..

  • After Breath of Fire 6, IDC about any more revivals

  • Roberto Ruiz Contreras

    Most Mana games are good, not many great but most good.
    But Seiken Densetus 3 was Amazing.

    The problem here lies with Square Enix’s (I don’t know if that is how you write it) finalcial state and this may be another iOS app or web game for all we know.