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Trials of Mana creator and artist share special tributes on the game's 24th anniversary

24 years in the making!

Trials of Mana, which originally released as Seiksen Densetsu 3 for the Super Famicom in 1995, is celebrating its 24th anniversary today. To mark the occasion, creator Koichi Ishii shared some kind words, and series artist Haccan shared a special drawing. You can see the art from Haccan above, as well as the words from Ishii below.

“When designing the six main characters, the very first one to have their image take shape was Lise. She moves forward without averting her eyes from the harsh trials. She’s a character who is the embodiment of such strong will. I believe growth comes from having such strong wills. And to you all, please do enjoy this ‘adventure of growing’ together with Lise.”

Check out Square-Enix's entire TGS 2019 stage show presentation series (multiple games)

Hours of content!

Square-Enix had a ton of stage shows at TGS 2019, in which they showed off their upcoming slate of the games. If you want to catch up on every single Switch-related stage show Square-Enix did, you can do so in this post! Check out the presentations for Romancing SaGa 3, Trials of Mana, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition, Dragon Quest XI S, and Star Ocean: First Departure R in this post!





Trials of Mana gets another round of TGS 2019 footage

Trials of Mana is hitting Switch next year, but Square-Enix was more than happy to show off some more gameplay for the game now. Check out the video above to see 14 minutes of TGS 2019 footage.

Trials of Mana character art and models, plus Japanese voice actors revealed

A who's who of the cast

Following yesterday's Trials of Mana trailer and assets from the Nintendo Direct, Square-Enix has released another round of content for the game. In the gallery above you can check out character art and models for the principle cast, and then below you'll find the list of Japanese voice actors for each character.

- Duran: Takuya Eguchi
- Angela: Rumi Okubo
- Kevin: Ryota Osaka
- Charlotte: Sumire Morohoshi
- Hawkeye: Yuki Ono
- Riesz: Mikako Komatsu
- Faerie: Maaya Uchida
- Crimson Wizard: Yuichi Nakamura
- Goremand: Tomokazu Sugita
- Belladonna: Yoshino Nanjo

Trials of Mana Will Be Reborn April 24th, 2020

Oh mana!

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 4, 2019) – During today’s Nintendo Direct presentation, SQUARE ENIX® unveiled that the highly anticipated remake of Trials of Mana™ will launch on April 24, 2020 for the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and STEAM® with special pre-order bonuses.

The latest trailer introduces viewers to the game’s cast of characters through the beautiful accompanying orchestral score. Players will get a closer look at the upgraded character models, switching classes, and new combat system as it plays out in an epic battle against fearsome foes, as well as hear the English voice over for the first time.

Originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3 in 1995, and later making its debut in the West with the Collection of Mana™ on Nintendo Switch earlier this year, Trials of Mana is a full, high-definition remake of the third entry in the classic Mana series, seamlessly bringing the beloved story and characters to a new, modern era of fans with real-time combat, beautiful 3D graphics and updated gameplay. The game tells the story of six heroes as they battle against the forces of evil that threaten a world where Mana has been weakened. Players will craft their own experiences by selecting a party of three from these unique characters as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime to protect the very essence of Mana itself.

Those who pre-purchase or purchase the physical or digital versions of the game by May 21, 2020 for the Nintendo Switch™ system or PlayStation®4 system will receive a Rabite Adornment DLC, allowing players to gain more EXP after battles up to level 10. Pre-orders of the digital version of the game from the PlayStation®Store will also include an exclusive avatar set featuring the game’s six heroes, while those who pre-purchase or purchase from STEAM® by 21st May 2020 will include the Rabite Adornment DLC as well as an exclusive wallpaper set.

Trials of Mana - more gameplay footage

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. Weakened from rebuilding the world, the Goddess changed herself into a tree and fell into a deep sleep for many years. However, the forces of evil soon 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 started to wither...

Trials of Mana set to release April 24th, 2020 according to Playstation Store listing

According to a listing on the Playstation Store, Square Enix's Trails of Mana is set to be released on April 24th, 2020. It's unlikely that the Nintendo Switch version would have a different release date, so we can expect the listed date to be for both platforms.

Trials of Mana dev team aims to "show up" the team who worked on the fan translation

We can do better

Trials of Mana is making its way to Switch as a fully-revamped 3D remake, which is quite a far cry from the original release on Super Nintendo. Square-Enix is hard at work on making this a top-tier remake, and that goes for all elements, right down to the translation. In an interview with USGamer, producer Masaru Oyamada discussed the fan translation of the original title, and how it motivated the team working on Trials of Mana now.

Well, the localization team took a look at the translation and the first thing they said was, "We're going to show them up." I'm sure that the people that worked on the pirated version worked with the best of what was available to them, but we really wanted to do as good of a job as we possibly could.

More direct-feed footage for Trials of Mana

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. Weakened from rebuilding the world, the Goddess changed herself into a tree and fell into a deep sleep for many years. However, the forces of evil soon 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 started to wither...

Trials of Mana - more off-screen footage

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. Weakened from rebuilding the world, the Goddess changed herself into a tree and fell into a deep sleep for many years. However, the forces of evil soon 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 started to wither...

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