Video Game: World of Mana

World of Mana, also known as the Seiken Densetsu (Legend of the Holy Sword) series, is a group of (mostly) action RPGs, most of which also tenuously share a setting. Most of the games center on a Mana Tree, the source of magic in the world, and the eponymous Mana Sword.

Games in the series include:
  • Final Fantasy Adventure (1991, Game Boy)
  • Secret of Mana (1993, Super NES)
  • Seiken Densetsu 3 (1995, Super Famicom; Japan only, though a fan translation is available via emulation; commonly nicknamed Secret of Mana 2)
  • Legend of Mana (2000, PlayStation)
  • Sword of Mana (2003, Game Boy Advance, remake of Final Fantasy Adventure)
  • Children Of Mana (2006, Nintendo DS)
  • Friends of Mana (2006, mobile phone, Japan only)
  • Dawn of Mana (2007, PlayStation 2)
  • Heroes of Mana (2007, Nintendo DS)
  • Rise of Mana (2014, iOS/Android/PlayStation Vita; only officially announced for Japan thus far, although the fact that a trademark has been registered under this name in Europe suggests that it may be released elsewhere as well)

Manga in the series include:
  • Seiken Densetsu Legend of Mana (2000, by Shiro Amano, based on the game of the same name; later collected into a two-volume set in 2008)
  • Princess of Mana (2007, five-volume work by Satsuki Yoshino, set 300 years after Children Of Mana and 310 years after Dawn of Mana)

Novels in the series include:
  • Seiken Densetsu Legend of Mana - Amata no Tsuchi, Amata no Hito (2000, by Hiromi Hosae; a novelisation of Legend of Mana)

Unfortunately, to some extent the Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series have usurped the place of World of Mana in the Square Enix pantheon, with the aforementioned games featuring the 3D version of the three-character action RPG gameplay for which the World of Mana series was once known. This has caused Square Enix to start scrambling to find a different genre for the World of Mana series, such as the RTS Heroes of Mana and pure action game Dawn of Mana, the latter of which was extremely poorly received and criticized. A trademark for Circle of Mana was filed in September 2012. As it turns out, it's a casual social RPG in the same vein as Final Fantasy X GREE and The World Ends With You Live Remix.

The Square USA game Secret of Evermore is sometimes confused for being part of the World of Mana, but while it was obviously inspired by Secret of Mana (it has a ring-based menu system) it doesn't have any of the World of Mana story elements in it, and magic effects are based on alchemy formulas rather than, well, mana.

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