Legend of Mana Remaster - All The Changes Revealed So Far Listed

Graphics, OST, menus UI, auto save: here's all the changes you should know about in the Legend of Mana Remaster on PS4, Switch, and Steam.

February 19, 2021

Here’s all the changes announced so far by Square Enix coming in Legend of Mana Remaster compared to the original PS1 game, compiled below.

Square Enix announced a Switch remaster for Legend of Mana during the Nintendo Direct February 2021, with a June 24, 2021 release date. However, Legend of Mana remaster is not only coming to Switch, but also PS4 and PC via Steam. With a $29.99 price tag. Legend of Mana remaster will only get a digital edition, but a limited physical edition was announced in Japan.

Graphical Changes, 4:3 to 16:9 Aspect Ratio

Legend of Mana is originally a 2D game. In the remaster, all of the artwork has been redrawn in HD. This makes all of the game’s artwork and background clearer. One could argue that certain imperfections gave more fragrance to certain elements. Such as the leaves’ shadows in the comparison above. You can make several comparisons on the Legend of Mana remaster Japanese official site.


Going from the PS1’s 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9 aspect ratio, players now have a bigger view on the game’s environments. In other words, it’s kinda like if the screen is zoomed out.

UI Change, Text Font Change

Menus in Legend of Mana remaster have been optimized and are easier to use. Whether it looks better or not is another debate though. At least It’s nice to see Square Enix took into considerations the menus. Considering the menu lag bug of Seiken Densetsu 3 was not corrected in Collection of Mana on Switch.

The text’s font has been changed as well, and it’s especially easier to read in Japanese. Moreover, the dialogue windows were enhanced and will now show more text.

Newly Rearranged Original Sound Track

Some of the music tracks in the game have been rearranged. Players can switch between the original or rearranged OST in the Options menu.

Turning On And Off Enemy Encounters

This new feature in the remaster allows you to turn off enemy encounters. Making re-exploration or backtracking less tedious.

New Gallery Mode And Music Mode

The Gallery Mode includes the original game’s illustrations and 2D artwork. The Music Mode lets you listen to all the tracks in the game. Note that the original PS1 game already had a sound test mode, but unlocked after clearing the game once. However, you can access Gallery Mode and Music Mode at any time in Legend of Mana Remaster, through the Options menu.

Save Anywhere And Auto Save Function

Legend of Mana remaster lets you save anywhere through the Option menu. However, there are exceptions and you cannot save in certain locations. In the original, you could only save at save points. A new Auto Save function was added as well.

Ring Ring Land Mini Game

The mini game Ring Ring Land was implemented into Legend of Mana remaster. Rare items that are hard to obtain will be easier to get in through this mini game.

Regarding multiplayer

The original PS1 game had a multiplayer mode. A friend could bring their memory card and make their own protagonist join your party and play as a second player. There was also a coliseum where you could duel each other. Some of the screenshots Square Enix revealed does mention “2P Controller Settings”. Which seems to confirm offline co-op. However, we don’t know yet how this will work. If this is only offline co-op. Or if it’ll also include online multiplayer. Or new online multiplayer functions. One cool thing for example would be being able to trade pets and golems with other players. DualShockers contacted Square Enix regarding  multiplayer and we’ll tell you as soon as possible when we get an answer.

Redrawn Character Artwork

The protagonists and all characters in the game have HD artwork now.

Legend of Mana Remaster Screenshots

Legend of Mana Remaster Trailer

That’s all regarding the changes in the Legend of Mana remaster we know about so far. Square Enix recently announced the Trials of Mana remake shipped over 1 million copies worldwide. We explained how the game managed to reach such heights.

In the past, Square Enix also mentioned the sales of Trials of Mana remake were a good sign for the future of the series.

Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been loving anime and Japanese games for over 25 years and plays Genshin Impact for its story and exploration. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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