New Trials of Mana Footage Shows Cleaner, More Accessible Fights

New Trials of Mana Footage Shows Cleaner, More Accessible Fights

Let's have a good clean fight, Mana fans.

The 3D remake of Trials of Mana looks like it's coming along very nicely. New footage from Gamescom shows off some early parts of the adventure, including fights against low-level Rabite enemies and a throw-down with the giant enemy crab named Full Metal Hugger.

The videos, captured and uploaded by the Japanese gaming site 4Gamer, feature a party comprised of the sword-swinging warrior Duran, the spear-wielding Amazon warrior Reisz, and whatever the heck Charlotte is. (I think she's a flail wielding half-elf of some kind. I usually cut a wide path around her when I play Seiken Densetsu 3/Trials of Mana because I'm allergic to insuppressibly "cute" kid characters who swap out their R's for W's.)

Even going by this early video footage, fights in the Trials of Mana remake seem tighter than they are in the original Super Famicom game. Whereas it's easy to get overwhelmed by foes in classic Trials of Mana, the remake gives you space to take on foes at a more sensible pace. The characters, who all have English voices in the footage, also shout out hints about the best weapons to use in a fight, or voice strategies for killing bosses.

Trials of Mana, the follow-up to the beloved SNES action RPG Secret of Mana, has a complicated history in the West. Initially released in Japan near the end of 1995 as Seiken Densetsu 3, it never saw an official localization until The Mana Collection came west last June. The 3D remake should appear on the Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2020.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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