Video Game: Sword of Mana
Part of the World of Mana
series—a Video Game Remake
, in fact, of the first game
with many of the Final Fantasy
references removed and many more details in keeping with the Seiken Densetsu continuity
inserted. It was released for the Game Boy Advance in late 2003.
Not so very long ago in the kingdom that would become known as Granz, a knight and sorcerer named Vandole stumbled upon the Mana Tree, inadvertently absorbed its power, and (of course) proceeded to slowly lose his mind and sense of self
. He established an empire that abused Mana to power its technology
, had a reign of terror, and was eventually vanquished by a small but powerful band of heroes
. A bit of time has passed since, and those heroes had begun to settle down and stabilize the world, when trouble (naturally) reemerged. Stroud ...excuse me, Dark Lord
(son of Granz, one of the previous generation's heroes) and his... um, friend
Julius staged a bloody coup of the Granz regime and began a vicious persecution of the Mana tribe. In so doing, two young children—the son of one of the Granz aristocrats and a girl of the Mana tribe—have their lives very violently disrupted: the girl's family is killed and she is forced to go into hiding, and the boy's parents meet a similar fate. He isn't as lucky as her, and is dragooned into gladiator training by Dark Lord.
Ten years later, the boy makes an escape and the girl starts out on a journey to find other Mana survivors. They bump into each other again, and destiny ensues.
Like many of the other "old-school" Seiken Densetsu games, Sword of Mana
allows the player to choose whether to play as the hero or the heroine
. Unlike other Seiken Densetsu games, though, there are significant differences depending on who you choose to play—the hero's route has slightly more focus on dungeon gameplay; in the heroine's story, the characters (particularly the villains) are MUCH more well-developed.
Also like many other "old-school" Seiken Densetsu games, Sword of Mana
's story is wrought with angst, and a great many main characters die. Good luck not getting attached to any of them, though.
Sword of Mana contains examples of the following tropes: