Axe of the Blood God: Does the Mana Series Hold Up?

Axe of the Blood God: Does the Mana Series Hold Up?

Kat and Nadia review Trials of Mana, which brings them to a much bigger question.

In this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God, we review the Trials of Mana remake, and in the process we hit on some of the deeper issues around the series [download link here].

First, the new segment: For the next few weeks we're going to be exploring the RPG Track of the Week! Music plays a hugely important role in many great RPGs, from Final Fantasy to Fallout, and we want to take the time to dig in a little bit into that legacy with a short weekly segment. Got a track you want us to talk about? Let us know!

It goes without saying that Nadia is a big Mana fan, as she discusses in her review of the Trials of Mana remake. I'll cop to being a little bit more of a Mana skeptic. Nadia and I debate the series' relative strengths and weaknesses in 2020, and how well Trials of Mana holds up in general. Mostly, we make fun of Charlotte, because how can you not? Also in this episode: Celebrating Fire Emblem's 30th anniversary, Track of the Week, the Wall Market, and more!

Want to contribute to the conversation? Leave a comment below! We'll read our favorites on the following week's episode.

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Show Description

Kat and Nadia sit down to review Trials of Mana remake, and in the process delve into a bigger question: Does the Mana series hold up? Nadia thinks yes, but Kat isn't so sure. The pair also delve into the Secret of Mana soundtrack, celebrate Fire Emblem's 30th anniversary, and more!

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Raine, composer of Celeste. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at rpgmaker.net. Check it out!

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Kat Bailey

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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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