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Secret of Mana

Super Nintendo

Game Description:

A long time ago, there was chaos in the world. The Mana Tree restored peace to the land. An ancient sword is stuck in the ground, maintaining the balance between good and evil. A young man is tricked into pulling the sword out of the ground, plunging the world into chaos. He must travel the world and fight to restore peace to the land.

Secret of Mana is an action RPG that supports up to three players with the use of a multitap accessory. It is the sequel to Final Fantasy Adventure and was proceeded by Seiken Densetsu 3.

Translation Description:

Secret of Mana: Reborn is the first release of the Secret of Mana Script Augmentation Project. It is the first comprehensive remaster of the original game text since its release in 1993. This patch features:

  • a complete retranslation of the original Japanese script, the first of its kind
  • some minor alterations that clarify vagaries and inconsistencies in the text and the plot itself
  • new events and content based on exhaustive research of authentic external materials, most of which were never translated into English
  • memorable elements of both Ted Woolsey’s script and the Japanese script
  • elements that were omitted from both the American and Japanese releases of the game
  • the original American font

As a result, this script is almost twice the size of the SNES English release.

See the included Localization Commentary document (PDF) for in-depth notes on translation choices and more.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Secret of Mana (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20180813-062835)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 8133041A363E3CC68CEDEF40B49B6D20D03C505D
  • File/ROM CRC32: D0176B24
  • File/ROM MD5: 10A894199A9ADC50FF88815FD9853E19


Screenshots: Patch Patch Patch Patch Images


ContributorType of contributionListed credit
ManaReduxScript Editing/RevisionThe SAP Team, Project Lead
QueueHackingThe SAP Team, Programming
TaosenaiTranslationThe SAP Team, Translation

User Review Information

This is what Ted would have done if he had space and time

Reviewed By: azidahaka on 21 Nov 2020

Back then Ted Woolsey had to translate Seiken Densetsu 2 in a few weeks, in a total mad rush. Then he had to butcher it 40% of the length to fit in the cartridge.

This resulted in mistranslations, very hard cuts, nuances and meanings lots everywhere, simplified speech patterns and other countless issues (not to forget some annoying Nintendo policies back then).

These guys took months and months of going LINE by LINE of the Japanese script and tried to get as close as possible in meaning, nuances, consistencies.

Sometimes the script reads a bit off the line? It’s because the original script is. Some parts of the story are less simple and more convoluted? Those that made the game choose so.

Some users sees to prefer an old version were LOTS of parts were created out of NOWHERE. Or Woolsey’s self admitted inaccurate and rushed translation. If you want an experience really faithful to what the Japanese game was, this is the way to go.

If you want a simplified script, that retains Woolsey’s mistakes and old lines… Play the official translation!

Oh I almost forgot to mention that the translation team acquired a lot of official guides and book from Japan to expand and integrate the script and even went on to add some parts added in the PS4 remake in it…

Absolutely suggested, a massive improved world and gaming experience, that in the next revision patches will even improve.

Version 1.1 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
This is what Ted would have done if he had space and timeazidahaka21 Nov 20201.1Yes
This translation is faithfull... No, is bad.nashismo21 Nov 20201.0No
Not sure if it improves over the originalDzumeister19 Nov 20201.0No