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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 This hack takes the game’s outdated, awkward, and inaccurate text and script elements and localizes them differently.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

Don't bother with the Steam rendition. Check out this version instead!

Reviewed By: phantom_with_a_rose on 24 Feb 2019

The original “Secret of Mana” was a major success when it was first released on Super Nintendo on August 6th, 1993. As a follow-up to “Seiken Densetsu” on Game Boy (re-named “Final Fantasy Adventure” in North America and “Mystic Quest” in Europe), its action RPG formula successfully carried the torch of its predecessor, while also using similar themes reminiscent to “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past”. While its translation by Ted Woolsey was not perfect (much of the game’s English script insertion was very limited from its original Japanese translation at the time), it still proved as a worthy addition to the action-RPG genre in terms of its amazing 16-bit graphics, gameplay, and beautifully composed soundtrack (courtesy of Hiroki Kikuta). Followed by “Seiken Densetsu 3″ on Super Famicom (which never saw an official release in North America or Europe) and nine more titles (including two completely different remakes of FFA and a remake of SoM released in North America and Europe last year), it remains as one of the greatest games of all time! In addition, FuSoYa’s Variable Width Font English retranslation (released on February 9th, 2000) made the gameplay experience even better!

Sadly, in spite of its impressive 3D redesign, improved retranslation, and usage of voice acting, last year’s SoM remake did not live up to expectations due to an irritable assortment of glitches and bugs and the removal of certain memorable aspects contained in its original 16-bit counterpart (e.g. no mode seven canon travel). Overall, it was simply not worth shelling out the original retail price of $39.99. Thankfully, this new patch by Timbo exceeds expectations by not only restoring uncensored graphics, but also expands upon FuSoYa’s retranslation with some more improvements. The new crisper, cleaner title screen and updated opening text crawl is also a nice touch!

Put simply, this is THE definitive version of SoM and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all fans (old and new) of the Mana franchise! Do NOT waste your time with the official 3D remake on Steam. Stick with Timbo’s patch here instead. You will NOT be disappointed!

Version 1.4 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Great project that builds on FuYosa's VWF edition.WeebeeGeebee19 Mar 20191.6Yes
Don't bother with the Steam rendition. Check out this version instead!phantom_with_a_rose24 Feb 20191.4Yes
FINALLY!JulianoFdeS14 Feb 20191.4Yes