Square Enix tries to tell us why the Secret of Mana Remake isn't coming to Switch

With the Seiken Densetsu trilogy arriving very early on the Switch (in Japan at least), people kind of assumed that when the Secret of Mana remake project was announced, that it will arrive on that platform as well. That didn't seem to be the case though, as Square Enix only had PC, PS4, and Vita on their platform list, leading many to clamor for a Switch port -- as these situations often lead to.

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freshslicepizza58d ago

Could be another deal with Sony.

spreadlove58d ago (Edited 58d ago )

Probably. It's coming to Vita. Now Vita is still popular in Japan, but compared to Switch? Vita is about to be dead in Japan too thanks to Switch and Sony's complete lack of support. They also skipped the 30+ million Xbox users.

DJK1NG_Gaming58d ago

Vita isn't popular in Japan anymore sales are nearing 2000s weekly and software sales are dropping as well.

InKnight7s57d ago

Xbox users barely give a damn about RPG and ecspecially RPG from Japan whether Turn Based or Action one, look at FFXIII as example only the first XIII sold on Ps3 more than the whole series on X360 (although at that point X360 sold better than Ps3). Ok you will say its previous generation. Today FFXV, it sold 5:1 for Ps4. So why SE bother to sell less popular title when even FF didnt hit or barely hit one million on MS console? Spending money for only Ps and PC would reduce budget, bugs and consumptions of resources. Seriously Xb users in generaly are Racing and Shooting consumers thats why most of their exclusives about shooting and racing.

goken57d ago

skipping Xbox isn't that surprising seeing how secret of mana:
1) not FPS
2) not likely to have Microtransactions
3) got story

Phil probably asked them to sod off

spreadlove57d ago (Edited 57d ago )


Yeah, that must be it. /s

Your ability to come up with ridiculous ideas with plenty of evidence to the contrary is astounding.

goken57d ago


ridiculous right?
though i'm not the one floating these ideas, they're mostly Phil an his team. feel free take it up with them

spreadlove56d ago


Phil isn't giving you that idea at all. It is all figment of your imagination. Things you want to hear, not things that actually are said.

vergilxx355d ago (Edited 55d ago )

It's still very popular in japan and japan does not give a damn about sony support for ps vita all they care is for rpg , visual novels and hundereds of upcoming games for Vita , Switch will never beat it in that department and yes i do have a switch so if you don't have both devices please don't comment

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trumpwonstopcrying58d ago

Idk why they're remaking this game. It seemed like an odd choice. I would have rather gotten chrono cross HD or something

Razmiran57d ago

Square enix likes to pretend the chrono series never existed, and whenever it is mentioned they talk about it like if nobody ever liked those games

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Uken1257d ago

Secret of Man is an amazing game. Also it's 3 players. Cool magic, cool weapon mechanics.
It should be on Switch.
But I would also like a Chrono Trigger remake.
I think the team that is doing Dragonball Fighter Z should help with a Chrono Trigger remake, that would be insane.

PhoenixUp57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

@ moldy

Not every game that doesn't come to NS or XO is a deal with Sony.

@ Spread

You don't see a lot of Japanese Square Enix games release on Xbox One period these days. This remake isn't the first to snub the console and it won't be the last.

@ Trump

You must be living under a rock if you don't know why this Secret of Mana remake exists. It has precedence and didn't come out of nowhere.

In 2015 Dengeki asked Adventures of Mana producer Masaru Oyamada if Square Enix was going to work on 3D remakes for Seiken Densetsu 2 and 3 after AoM released. He responded with this quote.

“If that’s the case, this Final Fantasy Adventure remake would be the base for them. If it gets well-received, then I’d like to use it as a base to do a remake for Seiken Densetsu 3. We’ve already thought about doing even better remakes should there be a demand for it. If there’s demand for Secret of Mana, then we’ll consider it as well.”

Razzer57d ago

Maybe you should read the article.

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wonderfulmonkeyman58d ago (Edited 58d ago )

They didn't say it isn't coming at all, just that they aren't working on it right now.
But I digress...
The reason they gave us, is because the game was already in development before they knew about the Switch.
Which is fine and dandy, but now that they know about it, there are A LOT of Nintendo fans clamoring for it.
More systems to sell it on is a good thing, and the fanbase for it is already here and waiting eagerly, so it's very HIGHLY unlikely for it to sell bad on Switch if they do port it over.

No reason not to hop on that job ASAP, honestly. They'd also be smart to start on a stateside port of the Mana Collection for Switch, because a lot of people really want to play Seiken Densetsu 3 without having to rely on the PC fan translated version. [Which was an awesome job, btw, but I'd still rather own an official version on a console.]

And in all honesty, porting either one of those, or even both, would be a much easier, QUICKER, and more lucrative, job than to continue trying to find a way of squeezing FFXV onto the Switch using different engines.

freshslicepizza58d ago

Ask yourself, how long has this been in development and how long have they known about Switch? They could eaily do it and why Vita and not the 3DS? Sounds like a deal with Sony to me.

wonderfulmonkeyman58d ago

They wouldn't need to hide a deal like that, so I doubt it. If anything, given how good the terms are between Squeenix and Sony, you'd think Squeenix would want to capitalize on Sony's popularity by announcing any such deal.

I'm more inclined to believe it when they say that it was underway before the Switch was known to them, hence why there's been no work on a port yet.

But I'm still hoping they'll hear the calls from SNES fans who want the Mana series to return to its roots.
Being multiplat is fine, but Nintendo gamers also want a piece of that Secret of Mana pie.

spreadlove58d ago

It certainly fits with how Sony does business and what their fans are asking for, dem exclusivez.

Dragonscale57d ago

Yeah we get it moldy, how many times you gonna post the same comment fgs.

Razzer57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

“It certainly fits with how Sony does business”

You mean like with Cuphead? Oh....that wasn’t Sony.

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PhoenixUp58d ago

@ wonder

A localization of that collection would be a great alternative.

@ moldy

This remake would've started development sometime in mid 2016 since the developers said in 2015 that they'd do remakes of other games in the franchise if Adventures of Mana performed well.

This Secret of Mana remake is on Vita and not 3DS because it's using the same engine that Adventures of Mana used when it was released on Vita last year.

EddieNX 58d ago

I hope it comes to Switch eventually and it will some time next year... but is it just me or does it look like crap? I prefer the original....

Ristul58d ago (Edited 58d ago )

I actually agree, the art design is not what I imagined it would look like back in the day. Colorful by all means, but not that cutesy chibi style artwork. The original artwork looks so much better then that. Just go back and look at the art on the original box, it has so much atmosphere, the dark and huge nature that climbs over the main characters, and the elegant red birds flying over the still ocean floor. Why can't they capture that.

G3ng4r58d ago

Switch has better looking rpgs on the way. It's the art style, it's giving off an $8 on apple store feel. Sony can keep it.

PhoenixUp58d ago

I'd hope that Square Enix would work on localizing the Seiken Densetsu Collection as the World of Mana Collection so western players can finally legitimately play SD3.

Either they do that or a localized 3D remake of Seiken Densetsu 3 next.

Xenophon_York58d ago

Vita but not Switch? Has to be a licensing issue.

Xenophon_York57d ago

How. Is. This. Down. Voted? Write. Responses. If. Enlightening. Information. Would. Benefit. The. Post.

Theknightofnights57d ago

Lol don't bother. I wish they'd do away with the disagree/agree system. That way if people agree they'd have to express it.

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