Square Enix has taken an unusual approach to bringing its old mana RPG series into the 21st century. Secret of Mana was a remake of the 1993 original that kept its old top-down view while introducing a new – and very divisive – 3D art style. Last year Trials of Mana was reinterpreted even more dramatically and the episode, which only appeared in Japan in 1995, was reinterpreted as a modern third-person action role-playing game.
With Legend of Mana, the publisher is pursuing a further approach: The original PSX exclusive from 1999 receives a comparatively rudimentary HD remaster. That’s not a bad thing because as we saw with Secret of Mana, polygons can’t compete with great pixel art.
The HD remaster hits Steam on June 24th. This is quite a month with long-absent classics hitting PC. As the trailer above shows, it’s really very easy to touch, but with an art style like this, it’s hard to argue. Along with the revamped graphics, the soundtrack has been rearranged and the Ring Ring Land mini-game will be available outside of Japan for the first time.