By Tom Tolios / February 4th, 2016
The latest press release from Square Enix has announced that Adventtures of Mana is now available for Android and iOS devices. The game has had a complicated release history on various platforms throughout the years, causing some confusion due to its different names in the many regions it’s been released to. For example, although it was called Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden (Legend of Mana: Final Fantasy Gaiden) for the original Game Boy in Japan, it was released as the first Final Fantasy Adventure in North America, and was called Mystic Quest in Europe (not to be confused with Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest). Years later, it was released on the GBA as Sword of Mana, and now its been renamed Adventures of Mana for the mobile launch.
The game follows the same series of events as in its original release. You play a young hero with a companion helping you in your quest, which has you fighting to stop the Dark Lord of Glaive from destroying the sacred Tree of Mana. This new version features enhanced graphics and a new arrangement of the soundtrack from original composer Kenji Ito. Check out the latest trailer below:
Also, the press release featured a special message from the game’s producer, Masaru Oyamada:
Hello there everyone.
This is Masaru Oyamada, the producer of Adventures of Mana.
This game was originally released on the Nintendo Gameboy in 1991 as Final Fantasy Adventure, and went on to become the start of the Mana series.
As you can see by the fact it even had “Final Fantasy” in the title, many of the staff who worked on the project were deeply involved with the Final Fantasy series, such as Mr. Koichi Ishii, the father of Mana, as well as Mr. Yoshinori Kitase and Ms. Kazuko Shibuya.
In doing this new 3D remake, we made sure not to upset any of what made it great in the first place, while putting in things that were impossible to depict under the limitations of the original Game Boy hardware and making it more comfortable and intuitive to play, as befits a modern game. The sound side has been upgraded too, with the original composer, Mr. Kenji Ito, returning to add an updated and even more dramatic re-arrangement of the soundtrack.
I will be very happy to see Adventures of Mana, the starting point for the whole Mana series, being played again by the people who played and loved it when it first came out, as well as by new players who will get that same emotional experience that people did the first time round.
And don’t forget the secret phrase “knight for a day” when you set out on your adventure…
And lastly, here’s a gallery of screen shots for Adventures of Mana, which look gorgeous.
Adventures of Mana is available for Android and iOS devices on their respective markets right now.
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