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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 translation is faithfull... No, is bad.

Reviewed By: nashismo on 21 Nov 2020

OK I am editing my review of this game translation. At first I thought it was great, and yes it adds more dialogue in some instances, etc.

But the problem with this translation, after playing much more time, is the inconsistence and its strange and odd additions.

I won’t dwell into the details, but some translation liberties have been made, which reflect some present world problems. Only some people would see this, but it is truly annoying once you link things together.

The translation is not faithfull to the spirit of the game as I once thought, the intro and the starting script is good though. But that is why it is inconsistent, in some parts is very good, and in others, dialogue is down right lacking in taste.

I guess this is because there were too many people in the project.

I say stick to Secret of Mana “Relocalized”, it is truly a beautiful project, consistent all around and keeps the spirit of the game alive while adding a better translation.

This version? No thanks.


Version 1.0 Recommended - No

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