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Secret of Mana: Relocalized

Hack of Secret of Mana

Description:

Disclaimer: This hack is an offshoot of FuSoYa’s VWF Edition hack. The bulk of the script changes were created by FuSoYa’s Niche. I am not the original author of the script changes or the VWF hack. You can find out more about Secret of Mana VWF Edition here: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/18/

About Relocalized:

Secret of Mana - Relocalized focuses on updating, uncensoring, and “relocalizing” gameplay, graphical, and text (both script and non-script) elements of Secret of Mana

  • Death Machine: AKA Kettle Kin gets restored to its full uncensored chainsaw wielding glory. Not only is this a graphical hack, it also rewrites the its AI to perform just as it did in the original Japanese release.
  • Teleportation Circles: When Square released this game in 1993 Nintendo of America had strict policies against religious imagery appearing in its titles. The six-pointed stars in the teleportation circles were reduced to triangles. This hack restores them to their original appearance.
  • Title Screen Background: When Square ported this game over to English, they butchered the original background image. Because of some graphical problems they cropped the image of the full Mana Tree at its roots and expanded it. The result is a blurry pixelated mess. Relocalized restores the original image.
  • Opening Text Crawl: Relocalized updates the opening text crawl to that of the superior HD version.
  • Mixed Case Character Names: This features adds lowercase letters to the character naming screen.
  • Relocalization: The titular feature. This hack takes the game’s outdated, awkward, and inaccurate text and script elements and localizes them differently. Just like with FuSoYa’s hack before it, Relocalized holds true to the style of beloved 90’s Squaresoft translator, Ted Woolsey.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • No-Intro Name: Secret of Mana (USA)
  • (No-Intro version 20130701-030720)
  • ROM/File SHA-1: 8133041A363E3CC68CEDEF40B49B6D20D03C505D

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
TimboScript Editing/RevisionHack Creator
mziabHackingCreated hacks and tools for script insertion.
QueueHackingRestored the Intro Screen and Death Machine Boss.
Justin3009HackingCreated the spacing fix for Weapon/Magic Levels screen.
FuSoYaOriginal HackingThe original creator of the VWF hack that this is based upon.
BahaBulleScript Editing/RevisionCreated the tools used to edit the text crawl.
RegrsHackingCreated the Mixed Case Naming Hack

User Review Information

Just about perfect

Reviewed By: JBAU on 14 Jan 2022

The only thing that I would love to see done differently about this hack is reverting “Critical Hit!” to “[monster name] gets whacked!” in the battle dialogue box. I know it’s more accurate or mature or whatever to say “Critical Hit,” but the “… gets whacked!” message is simply delightful and should have been retained.

Other than that, I absolutely adored this hack. It’s incredible how much of a cumulative impact minor textual and graphical changes can have on a classic game. It’s like meeting an old friend you’ve lost touch with over the years and they are somehow more generous, thoughtful, and kind than you ever could have imagined.

Version 1.7 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Just about perfectJBAU14 Jan 20221.7Yes
PerfectDeepDish04 Dec 20201.7Yes
Fixes some stuff but seems to break otherimpurekind17 Jul 20201.7No
Great project that builds on FuYosa's VWF edition.WeebeeGeebee13 Oct 20201.6Yes
Don't bother with the Steam rendition. Check out this version instead!phantom_with_a_rose24 Feb 20191.4Yes
FINALLY!JulianoFdeS14 Feb 20191.4Yes