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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Not only do you kill the [[EldritchAbomination eight Benevodons]] (note that the Japanese characters used to represent this are the same ones used to represent the Mana Beast in the previous game, although the Japanese name, ''Kami Kemono'', probably is more accurately translated as God-Beast), ancient evils that predate the world, but the final boss has the combined powers of all eight of them, and the Sword of Mana, which is what sealed them away in the first place and was used to help create the world.

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Not only do you kill the [[EldritchAbomination eight Benevodons]] (note that the Japanese characters used to represent this are the same ones used to represent the Mana Beast in the previous game, although the Japanese name, ''Kami Kemono'', probably translates to God-Beast, which is more accurately translated as God-Beast), what the fan translation calls the Benevodons), ancient evils that predate the world, but the final boss has the combined powers of all eight of them, and the Sword of Mana, which is what sealed them away in the first place and was used to help create the world.


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''Trials of Mana'', long known as ''Seiken Densetsu 3'',[[note]]聖剣伝説3, lit. ''Holy Sword Legend 3'', but stating the name in romanji to denote its unreleased-in-English status was common from 1995 to 2019[[/note]] is the third game in the ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfMana Mana]]'' series. It was released for the UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem (or the Super Famicom, if you prefer) in 1995. ''Trials of Mana'' was infamous for being the first ''Mana'' game to [[NoExportForYou never receive an international release]], though {{fan translation}}s did exist via [[UsefulNotes/{{Emulation}} emulation]]. An official export was an incessant request from fans for over two decades; on June 11, 2019, twenty-three years, eight months and eleven days after the game's release in Japan, ''[=ToM=]'' in its original SNES form was finally announced for official release worldwide in English, French, German and Spanish on the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch as part of the ''[[CompilationRerelease Collection of Mana]]''... alongside [[VideoGameRemake a full 3D remake]] being announced for an April 24, 2020 release on the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, and [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows]] PC.

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''Trials of Mana'', long known as ''Seiken Densetsu 3'',[[note]]聖剣伝説3, lit. ''Holy Sword Legend 3'', but stating the name in romanji to denote its unreleased-in-English status was common from 1995 to 2019[[/note]] is the third game in the ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfMana Mana]]'' series. It was released for the UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem (or the Super Famicom, if you prefer) in 1995. ''Trials of Mana'' was infamous for being the first ''Mana'' game to [[NoExportForYou never receive an international release]], though {{fan translation}}s did exist via [[UsefulNotes/{{Emulation}} emulation]]. An official export was an incessant request from fans for over two decades; on June 11, 2019, twenty-three years, eight months and eleven days after the game's release in Japan, ''[=ToM=]'' in its original SNES form was finally announced for official release worldwide in English, French, German and Spanish on the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch as part of the ''[[CompilationRerelease Collection of Mana]]''... alongside [[VideoGameRemake a full 3D remake]] being announced for an reveal to come out on April 24, 2020 release on for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, and [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows]] PC.


''Trials of Mana'', long known as ''Seiken Densetsu 3'',[[note]]聖剣伝説3, lit. ''Holy Sword Legend 3'', but stating the name in romanji to denote its unreleased-in-English status was common from 1995 to 2019[[/note]] is the third game in the ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfMana Mana]]'' series. It was released for the UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem (or the Super Famicom, if you prefer) in 1995. ''Trials of Mana'' was infamous for being the first ''Mana'' game to [[NoExportForYou never receive an international release]], though {{fan translation}}s did exist via [[UsefulNotes/{{Emulation}} emulation]]. An official export was an incessant request from fans for over two decades; on June 11, 2019, twenty-three years, eight months and eleven days after the game's release in Japan, ''[=ToM=]'' in its original SNES form was finally announced for official release worldwide in English, French, German and Spanish on the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch as part of the ''[[CompilationRerelease Collection of Mana]]''... alongside [[VideoGameRemake a full 3D remake]] being announced for a 2020 release on the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, and [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows]] PC.

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''Trials of Mana'', long known as ''Seiken Densetsu 3'',[[note]]聖剣伝説3, lit. ''Holy Sword Legend 3'', but stating the name in romanji to denote its unreleased-in-English status was common from 1995 to 2019[[/note]] is the third game in the ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfMana Mana]]'' series. It was released for the UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem (or the Super Famicom, if you prefer) in 1995. ''Trials of Mana'' was infamous for being the first ''Mana'' game to [[NoExportForYou never receive an international release]], though {{fan translation}}s did exist via [[UsefulNotes/{{Emulation}} emulation]]. An official export was an incessant request from fans for over two decades; on June 11, 2019, twenty-three years, eight months and eleven days after the game's release in Japan, ''[=ToM=]'' in its original SNES form was finally announced for official release worldwide in English, French, German and Spanish on the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch as part of the ''[[CompilationRerelease Collection of Mana]]''... alongside [[VideoGameRemake a full 3D remake]] being announced for a an April 24, 2020 release on the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, and [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows]] PC.


->''When the world was shrouded in darkness, the Goddess of Mana drew forth the Sword of Mana to smite the eight Benevodons, monsters of destruction.''\\

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->''When the world was shrouded in darkness, the Goddess of Mana drew forth the Sword of Mana to smite the eight Benevodons, monsters of destruction.''

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->''When the world was shrouded in darkness, the Goddess of Mana drew forth the Sword of Mana to smite the eight Benevodons, monsters of destruction.''''\\



''Trials of Mana'', long known as ''Seiken Densetsu 3'',[[note]]聖剣伝説3, lit. ''Holy Sword Legend 3'', but stating the name in romanji to denote its unreleased-in-English status was common from 1995 to 2019[[/note]] is the third game in the ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfMana Mana]]'' series. It was released for the UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem (or the Super Famicom, if you prefer) in 1995. ''Trials of Mana'' was infamous for being the first ''Mana'' game to [[NoExportForYou never receive an international release]], though {{fan translation}}s did exist via [[UsefulNotes/{{Emulation}} emulation]]. An official export was an incessant request from fans for over two decades; on June 11, 2019, twenty-three years, eight months and eleven days after the game's release in Japan, ''[=ToM=]'' in its original SNES form was finally announced for official release worldwide in English, French, German and Spanish on the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch as part of the ''[[CompilationRerelease Collection of Mana]]''... alongside [[VideoGameRemake a full 3D remake]] being announced for a 2020 release on the Switch, UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, and [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows]] PC.

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''Trials of Mana'', long known as ''Seiken Densetsu 3'',[[note]]聖剣伝説3, lit. ''Holy Sword Legend 3'', but stating the name in romanji to denote its unreleased-in-English status was common from 1995 to 2019[[/note]] is the third game in the ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfMana Mana]]'' series. It was released for the UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem (or the Super Famicom, if you prefer) in 1995. ''Trials of Mana'' was infamous for being the first ''Mana'' game to [[NoExportForYou never receive an international release]], though {{fan translation}}s did exist via [[UsefulNotes/{{Emulation}} emulation]]. An official export was an incessant request from fans for over two decades; on June 11, 2019, twenty-three years, eight months and eleven days after the game's release in Japan, ''[=ToM=]'' in its original SNES form was finally announced for official release worldwide in English, French, German and Spanish on the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch as part of the ''[[CompilationRerelease Collection of Mana]]''... alongside [[VideoGameRemake a full 3D remake]] being announced for a 2020 release on the Switch, UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, and [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows]] PC.



While it remained obscure to general audiences for decades due to its lack of official translation and release, it was something of an CultClassic among fans of the ''Mana'' series, and it could be found on more than a few "best action [=RPGs=]" lists, particularly those focusing on the 16-bit era. Storywise, it would later get a prequel in the form of ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMana''.

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While it remained obscure to general audiences for decades due to its lack of official translation and release, it was something of an a CultClassic among fans of the ''Mana'' series, and it could be found on more than a few "best action [=RPGs=]" lists, particularly those focusing on the 16-bit era. Storywise, it would later get a prequel in the form of ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMana''.



* AccidentalPervert: If, as a male character, you talk to Angela while she's sleeping at the inn in Jadd, she'll accuse you of being this. If you play as Riesz (the only female who can get into this situation), [[DevelopersForesight Angela just expresses annoyance at being woken up.]]

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* AccidentalPervert: If, as a male character, you talk to Angela while she's sleeping [[SleepsInTheNude sleeping]] at the inn in Jadd, she'll accuse you of being this. If you play as Riesz (the only female who can get into this situation), [[DevelopersForesight Angela just expresses annoyance at being woken up.]]


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* SleepsInTheNude: Angela is strongly hinted to sleep in the nude when you visit the inn, lying on her stomach showing her ToplessnessFromTheBack. In fact if she's not your main character, it's possible to stumble across her at the inn at Jigrad, where she'll call you a pervert if you disturb her when playing as any of the male characters.


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->''When the world was shrouded in darkness, the Goddess of Mana drew forth the Sword of Mana to smite the eight Benevodons, monsters of destruction.''
->''She sealed the horrors inside the eight Mana Stones, bringing the realm back from the brink.''
->''Weak from rebuilding the world, the Goddess changed into a tree and fell fast sleep for years.''
->''However, the forces of evil sought to free the Benevodons to gain control of the world.''
->''They started a terrible war to further their plot and destabilize the kingdoms. Peace was at an end.''
->''Mana itself began to disappear from the world and the Mana Tree to wither...''
-> --'''OpeningNarration'''


* BoringButPractical: On reflection, Lv. 1 Techs. They may just be a glorified melee attack -- but they won't be countered, can be enhanced by elemental sabers, and can still hit multiple enemies if they are bunched together. Even better, Hawkeye and Kevin have double-strike capability. (Hawkeye wields two daggers, Kevin delivers a one-two jab and uppercut.) The one-two punch carries over into their level ones. So they deal out the same damage at a faster rate.

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* BoringButPractical: BoringButPractical:
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On reflection, Lv. 1 Techs. They may just be a glorified melee attack -- but they won't be countered, can be enhanced by elemental sabers, and can still hit multiple enemies if they are bunched together. Even better, Hawkeye and Kevin have double-strike capability. (Hawkeye wields two daggers, Kevin delivers a one-two jab and uppercut.) The one-two punch carries over into their level ones. So they deal out the same damage at a faster rate.rate.
** Hawkeye as a Ninja Master gets the ability to multi target all his previous spells. This lets Shuriken hit all enemies, lower evasion/accuracy, cause knockback, and deal good damage, all with a fast cast time and costing only 1 MP. Fans call it "The One MP Wonder".
** Angela's Dark-Dark class, the Magus, gains no new elemental spells but has the highest INT of all her classes. This turns her humble level 1 spells into fast-casting low cost powerhouses.


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* SequelDifficultySpike: All things considered, this is probably the hardest of the ''Mana'' games. The enemies hit hard and often. In the final dungeons, where no healing statues or merchants are available, you will be forced to fight to your fullest.

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* SequelDifficultySpike: All things considered, Despite the above, this is probably the hardest of the ''Mana'' games. games.
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The enemies hit hard considerably harder ''and'' more frequently than ''Secret'', making it much more difficult to get past regular mobs without needing to heal afterwards. This is spiked even further since regular spawns in some dungeons may have attacks that can potentially one-shot the entire party.
** Enemies may also level up along with the party. Although enemies within a given area have a specific cap, if those enemies return in new areas later in the game you won't necessarily be able to just steamroll over them.[[note]]Level 30 [[MascotMook Rabbite]], anyone?[[/note]]
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and often. casting magic spells locks out your controls and freezes the on-screen action until they're complete, meaning it's no longer possible to StunLock mobs (and ''especially'' bosses) by spamming magic at them. This also occurs when the ''enemy'' uses spells and special abilities. It's entirely possible for three on-screen enemies to all use special attacks in sequence, subjecting the ''player'' to a StunLock and preventing them from acting. It's entirely possible to have a TotalPartyKill without even being able to take an action to prevent it.
** The number of spells characters can learn is much more limited, and is defined by their class. The class system also means that without carefully planning in advance, it's entirely possible to end up with a party lacking ''significantly'' in certain types of spells (IE ''no healing magic'').
** Because of changes to the AI, it's no longer possible to fine-tune your party's behavior by ordering them to stay ''out'' of combat. While you ''can'' order them to support another party member, this doesn't significantly affect their behavior. Have fun keeping a SquishyWizard like Angela alive when they keep running right into hand-to-hand combat.
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In the final dungeons, where no healing statues or merchants are available, you will be forced to fight to your fullest.fullest. The removal of inventory limits is therefore less of a difficulty ''drop'' than it is acknowledging the game is ''that much harder'' than its predecessor.

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* DamnYouMuscleMemory: The default control scheme in ''Trials'' is the inverse of ''Secret of Mana''. While in the former game B was the Attack/Confirm button and A was Dash/Cancel, in ''Trials'' it's the other way around. Players coming right from ''Secret'' are liable to hit the wrong buttons when trying to attack.


* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Duran, Charlotte, and Riesz have nothing but fond memories of their late parents, whereas Kevin and Angela had to flee their kingdoms after defying their parents.

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* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Duran, Charlotte, and Riesz have nothing but fond memories of their late parents, whereas Kevin and Angela and Kevin had to flee their kingdoms after defying their parents.parents, and Hawkeye is in the same boat with his [[ParentalSubstitute parental figure]] [[spoiler:(who unbeknownst to him is actually his [[RaisedByGrandparents grandfather]])]].


* ExpositionFairy: The Faerie needs to hitch a ride inside your head, since there's not enough Mana left for her to stay alive outside of it. Fortunately she isn't ''too'' intrusive, and usually only speaks in cutscenes or if you clobber a boss. Not having Riesz in your party changes the Faerie's dialog just a bit, as you need someone to help you get acquainted with the "Father of the Winged Ones", a.k.a. Flammie.

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* ExpositionFairy: The Faerie needs to hitch a ride inside your head, since there's not enough Mana left for her to stay alive outside of it. Fortunately she isn't ''too'' intrusive, and usually only speaks in cutscenes or if you clobber a boss. Not having Riesz in your party changes the Faerie's dialog just a bit, as you need someone to help you get acquainted with the "Father of the Winged Ones", "Winged Defender", a.k.a. Flammie.



* VirginPower: Supposedly, the Father of the Winged Ones only allows virgins near him, which is why only the Amazons can guard him. Actual events in-game may throw this claim into dispute [[spoiler:(for one thing, the "father" turns out to be a girl)]].

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* VirginPower: Supposedly, the Father of the Winged Ones Defender only allows virgins near him, which is why only the Amazons can guard him. Actual events in-game may throw this claim into dispute [[spoiler:(for one thing, the "father" Defender turns out to be a girl)]].


** There is a meeting taking place in the Amazon hideout to discuss how the soldiers will retake the Citadel. The Elder there explains that he's not really a strategist so he can't help--but they could look for Domperi, who lives in Koropokkur Village (everyone there is tiny). Supposedly his advice led Prince Richard to victory against the Dragon Emperor. The only problem is that Koropokkur don't trust humans. In order to disguise yourselves, you need to find the Minor Mallet, only available in Beiser. Thankfully, a cannoneer saves you the trouble of going all the way out there, but it's a one-way trip.

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** There is a meeting taking place in the Amazon hideout to discuss how the soldiers will retake the Citadel. The Elder there explains that he's not really a strategist so he can't help--but they could look for Domperi, who lives in Koropokkur Village Woods (everyone there is tiny). Supposedly his advice led Prince Richard to victory against the Dragon Emperor. The only problem is that Koropokkur don't trust humans. In order to disguise yourselves, you need to find the Minor Mallet, only available in Beiser. Thankfully, a cannoneer saves you the trouble of going all the way out there, but it's a one-way trip.

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