I’m not really one for random mobile games. I really would prefer a proper PC or console title. I am somewhat fond of the Mana series, though I haven’t played all of them. I played a lot of Secret of Mana, a little Secret of Mana 2 (as a fan translated ROM, not the re-release), and a decent amount of Legend of Mana, both the original and the remaster which I recently finished an initial playthrough of.
The original, branded Final Fantasy Adventure in its initial US release, I’ve never played in any form, and there are a couple of mobile/Nintendo DS titles that I never messed with. I should add rounding this out to me to-do list.
I bring this up because the roster of characters for Echoes of Mana seems to draw from the protagonists of these games.
Front and center are the two that seem to be the protagonist(s) of Echoes. I also see the characters from Secret of Mana (bottom right and left center), Secret of Mana 2 (bottom left and most of the right side and back row), and Legend of Mana (back row, the two on the left). The two right behind the Echoes protagonists and the brown haired girl in the back, I don’t immediate recognize, though it’s probably safe to assume they’re from the other titles.
An attempt was certainly made to rope in all the more well-known titles, especially those that have received remakes in the last several years.
So, I could go a bit in-depth on the screenshots of Echoes, but I have some reservations. As a free to play title with in-app purchases from a Japanese developer, it really smells like mana-flavored gacha. That doesn’t necessarily mean it will be bad, some people really enjoy that kind of thing, but many of them tend to feel low effort. I’ll keep an eye on it, if I don’t forget, but I’m not exactly excited.
I’m somewhat more interested in a different announcement from the same press release, Legend of Mana – The Teardrop Crystal –. This is an animated series involving the creators of the original new game cinematic from the game. Legend of Mana has a few characters and stories that are, as far as I know, unique to it. It’s a bit of a stretch, but based on the name there’s a good chance it involves the Jumi, a race of immortal beings with a gemstone “core” who have been hunted to the brink of extinction because humans like shiny things.
Regardless, I enjoy the universe and lore of Legend, so I’m curious to see what they do with it. While it says it will have a worldwide release, there isn’t any information on how, where, or when they plan to distribute it.
Absolute Speculation: The 24-man raid series of FFXIV: Endwalker will be Mana-related.
Y’all take care. Don’t burn down the mana tree.