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Trials of Mana

Super Nintendo

Game Description:

Ahhh, the famous Seiken Densetsu 3. Calling this game “Secret of Mana 2″ in front of the romhacking “scene” elite will earn you a quick correction, let me tell you something. Just think, all the newbies just take it for granted that SD3 is in English. You guys didn’t have to endure the sheer pain that came before. The dull, empty void. Such is the way of all translations, I suppose.

So yeah, this is Seiken Densetsu 3. This installment is unquestionably the best. Sure, Secret of Mana may give it some competition, but I couldn’t stand SoM for some reason. And the less said about Sword of Mana the better.

SD3 uses the old Squaresoft crutch of multiple playable characters within the same timeframe (see: Rudra, RS3). The whole “see the same events from a different perspective” thing works out really well here, it turns out. I seem to say that about every game, though. As far as gameplay, if you’ve played Secret of Mana you know what to expect. If you’ve played the others in the series, like Legend of Mana or Final Fantasy Adventure… well, you still know what to expect: run around and hit things with your sword. In realtime. It’s like Zelda, Squareified, for a complete lack of a better comparison.

Hiroki Kikuta returns (I think) to compose the music in SD3. The end result is gorgeous. The game comes highly recommended, but play the game for its music, if nothing else.


2 Documents
Seiken Densetsu 3 offsets and data formatsMiscellaneous17 Aug 2013
Seiken Densetsu 3 Saveram HackingGame Specific02 Aug 1999

1 Utility
Map Jester - Seiken Densetsu 3 BrowserGame Specific16 Aug 2013

5 Translations
Trials of Mana (IT)Fully Playable22 Sep 2020
Trials of Mana (DE)Fully Playable30 Sep 2019
Trials of Mana (ES)Fully Playable02 Mar 2013
Trials of Mana (DE)Addendum06 Dec 2011
Trials of Mana (EN)Fully Playable27 Aug 2000

23 Hacks
Seiken Densetsu 3 / Trials of Mana - 3-player Hack (No Header)Improvement17 Jan 2023
Seiken Densetsu 3: 2 Players restoration hackAddendum17 Nov 2021
Seiken Densetsu 3 / Trials of Mana - More Evade ChangesImprovement28 Feb 2022
Trials of Mana Sample SwapImprovement13 Nov 2021
Seiken Densetsu 3 / Trials of Mana - Less GrindingImprovement01 May 2023
Seiken Densetsu 3 / Trials of Mana - Black RabiteImprovement23 Nov 2021
Seiken Densetsu 3 / Trials of Mana - Better Starting StatImprovement27 Jan 2023
Seiken Densetsu 3 / Trials of Mana - Better Monsters and MapsImprovement16 May 2023
Seiken Densetsu 3 / Trials of Mana - Gemstone Valley Dorian Bug FixBug Fix19 Jul 2020
Hues of ManaImprovement31 Oct 2021