First gameplay footage of Secret of Mana remake appears

Makes you Randi.

By Robert Purchese. Published 5 September 2017

The first gameplay footage of the Secret of Mana 3D remake has surfaced. It's not the best quality and it's a little jerky but it's our best look yet at Square Enix's surprise retro-remake for PC (Steam), PS4 and Vita.

On show are the opening sequences of the beloved Super Nintendo action role-playing game, where village boy Randi pulls a sword from stone and begins a grand adventure.

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It's hard to draw too many conclusions given the quality of the footage and having not played it. Clearly the animations are more complex and the 3D world has more screen-filling heft.

But the remake appears to lack the kind of painterly and ornate spritely charm of the original Secret of Mana game. Dare I say it, the remake looks a little saturated and bland by comparison.

In addition to a new 3D look, the Secret of Mana remake adds voices to characters (in a choice of English or Japanese languages), some new dialogue scenes and a newly arranged soundtrack. The remake will also support local three player co-op.

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The Secret of Mana remake is due 15th February and costs £33 on PS4, £30 on Steam. I can't find a Vita PS Store listing.

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