You know, I was going to do an analogy about how taking charge of a new Mana game, with unrealistic expectations borne of age-old devotion poorly reflected in recent efforts, is a bit like taking charge of Newcastle United football club. But then I thought: if my 12-year-old self could see me now, talking about football at a time like this, my 12-year-old self would probably jump up and down on my head. Or strangle me with a multitap lead. My 12-year-old self was pretty tough, you know. He could totally have me.
World of Mana encompasses a pair of new RPGs – one for the DS, and one for what appears to be a current generation console. That's according to Japanese Jump Magazine, which has finally finally finally unveiled the games after literally months of Square Enix's teasing the c[an't say that here, numpty – Ed].
Square Enix showed off a trailer from its forthcoming World of Mana title at its big fancy Square Enix Party this weekend.
The company presented a short 30-second trailer, showing off a luscious forest before focusing on one of the series' archetypes, the Mana tree. While very little is known about the title, Square Enix announced that the project will span across a variety of media as well as games, including film, manga, novels and film.
Promotion material to accompany the trailer boasts the game will feature "unique characters, and environments drawn with a soft and smooth touch," although no format as been specified. However, Square Enix has expressed the desire to create the game across multiple platforms. As long as we get something that rivals Super Nintendo classic, Secret of Mana, we'll be happy.
A senior source close to Square Enix believes that World of Mana is the previously confirmed Mana title for Nintendo DS, with full confirmation anticipated at the Square Enix Party 2005 event that takes place in Japan at the end of this month.
Square Enix has registered "The World of Mana" with the US Patent & Trademark Office, sparking rumours that the renowned developer plans to revisit its Mana line of action-oriented RPGs.