Seiken Densetsu Collection Coming To Switch
The Mana series gets some love in Japan.
Long before action RPGs had Bayonetta-style combat or Final Fantasy XV's weapon swapping, Japanese developers were still trying to figure out how best to take a JRPG and give it fast-paced action. Enter Seiken Densetsu — more commonly referred to in the West as the Mana series. The first entry was a Game Boy game called Final Fantasy Adventure. Unlike the Final Fantasy Legend games we got for Game Boy over here, Final Fantasy Adventure was actually released as a spinoff to the popular JRPG series. It was called Final Fantasy Gaiden in Japan, and aimed to be a sort of Square JRPG take on the Zelda style of action.
The second entry was what really helped the series take off though — Secret of Mana for the SNES. This unique RPG continues to have a strong cult following here in the West, but not strong enough at the time unfortunately, as we never got the third game in the series localized. We've had rereleases of Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy Adventure eventually got reenvisioned completely as Sword of Mana and then received a 1 to 1 remake called Adventures of Mana more recently. Yet, after all these years, we still haven't received that fabled third game.
Now, a new hope has dawned for fans of the Mana series. Square Enix has just announced a Seiken Densetsu Collection for the Nintendo Switch, coming to Japan on June 1. This includes all three original releases, meaning that the version of the first game included is the Game Boy version, interestingly enough. Obviously there's no word yet on whether or not we'll get this collection in the West, but it would be fantastic if we could. Square saw fit to grace us with Adventures of Mana, the 1 to 1 remake of the original, and even responded to fan outcry by bringing the Vita version of it over. With that in mind, it's very possible that we could get this, and finally have access to Seiken Densetsu 3.