Square Enix has today announced the release of Adventures of Mana for iOS, a remake of the first game in the Mana series originally released back in 1991 on Nintendo Game Boy as Final Fantasy Adventure. The game follows the story of a young hero and a young heroine as they attempt to thwart the Dark Lord of Glaive from destroying the Tree of Mana.
While the original story of the game has not been changed, it has been enhanced with updated graphics and controls, as well as a new rearranged soundtrack from the game’s original composer Kenji Ito. Here’s a special message from Masaru Oyamada, the producer of Adventures of Mana:
Hello there everyone.
This is Masaru Oyamada, the producer of Adventures of Mana.
In doing this new 3D remake, we made sure not to upset any of what made it great in the first place, while putting in things that were impossible to depict under the limitations of the original Game Boy hardware and making it more comfortable and intuitive to play, as befits a modern game. The sound side has been upgraded too, with the original composer, Mr. Kenji Ito, returning to add an updated and even more dramatic re-arrangement of the soundtrack.
I will be very happy to see Adventures of Mana, the starting point for the whole Mana series, being played again by the people who played and loved it when it first came out, as well as by new players who will get that same emotional experience that people did the first time round.
And don’t forget the secret phrase “knight for a day” when you set out on your adventure…
Check out the trailer for Adventures of Mana below, while you download the game ($19.99 CAD; $13.99 USD) from the App Store (thanks Canadian exchange rate!).