Adventures of Mana Headed West on Smartphones

Friday, January 8th, 2016

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Adventures of Mana

Sad news for PlayStation Vita owners: Square Enix’s remake of Final Fantasy Adventure is headed to western shores as Adventures of Mana, but it seems to be leaving the Vita port in Japan. Though the Japanese site for the game lists the release platforms as iOS, Android, and PS Vita, it is conspicuously absent from the English language version of the same site. Given that the Mana series is an Action-RPG franchise, this means the only way to play it in North America will be using touch controls. Needless to say, this revelation is more than a little disappointing for those who prefer a physical controller. Here’s hoping the touch controls are well-implemented!

Final Fantasy Adventure is the first game in the Mana or Seiken Densetsu series, released on the Game Boy in 1991. The game received a remake once before in 2003 on the Game Boy Advance, entitled Sword of Mana, and was co-developed by Square Enix and Brownie Brown, though that game had a fairly lukewarm reception. Adventures of Mana ditches sprites this time around in favor of a 3D graphical style that actually captures the art fairly well, at least in this author’s estimation. Check out the Japanese trailer below. Adventures of Mana has yet to receive a solid release date, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted!

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About Alexander Jones

Alexander Jones is a 24 year-old with a BA in History and has been gaming as far back as he can remember. Growing up, he was raised strictly on Nintendo consoles, but this fueled a passion for Japanese gaming and design. Though he does still have a soft spot for Nintendo, he has grown to love any developer and console with fun, enjoyable games. Some of his favorite games of all time include Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy XIII, Chrono Trigger, and Katawa Shoujo.




  • Superr Mann

    Nice. I can’t wait to download it

  • Keichi Morisato

    i would have purchased the game if it has been released on the Vita, especially since i do not own a smart phone.

    • Tara

      Don’t worry, you’re missing nothing. Smartphone versions of games almost always suck compared to actual console versions, and the controls are terrible 99% of the time. I have a smartphone, and I’d sooner go and buy a GB version of Final Fantasy Adventure than I would bother with the mobile version. And that says a lot, considering the GB version is… well, it’s an early-90s handheld game, it was a real mixed bag back then.

    • Keichi Morisato

      i’d rather pick up the GBA version of the game.

  • Rafael Mario Sanchez

    If there’s a bluetooth controller option or it shows up on Ouya, I guess it’s better that than nothing.

  • Kotaro

    Ugh, action games on a smartphone. And no English Vita version? Really, Square?
    No buttons = No buy