Secret of Mana Remake’s ESRB Rating Revealed; “Moderate Amounts of Cleavage” Cited as a Factor

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board has unveiled the final rating for Square Enix's upcoming Secret of Mana 3D remake, which was given an E10+ rating.

on January 2, 2018 1:38 PM

Recently the Entertainment Software Ratings Board unveiled the rating summary for Square Enix’s upcoming title Secret of Mana. According to the ESRB, the upcoming Japanese Role-Playing title will receive an E10+ (for Everyone aged 10 and over) rating. Unlike like its mobile and Wii ports (which was also E10+), the board decided to give the sequel an E10+ rating citing the use “mildly suggestive comments” and “moderate amounts of cleavage” as factors for the final rating.

Here’s a full description of Secret of Mana‘s final rating courtesy of the ESRB:

This is a role-playing game in which a group of fighters must defeat an evil empire by restoring a magical sword. From an overhead perspective, players explore areas (e.g., villages, forests, caves), interact with characters, and battle fantastical creatures (e.g., oversized insects, monsters, dragons). Characters use swords, axes, and magic spells to defeat enemies in real-time combat; battles are highlighted by impact sounds, light effects, and cries of pain. A handful of characters wear outfits that reveal moderate amounts of cleavage; characters occasionally make mildly suggestive comments (e.g., “Maybe I’m not…filled out like she is, but I’ve got a great personality!”)

Secret of Mana was initially released by developer Square on October 3, 1993, in North America for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and was directed by Koichi Ishii and produced and written by Hiromichi Tanaka. Several notable features in the game included local-co-op with up to three players. Set in a fantasy-themed universe, Secret of Mana‘s narrative follows three heroes on a quest to prevent an empire from conquering the world with the power of an ancient flying fortress.

Speaking of Secret of Mana‘s remake, last month, Square Enix announced that the game would receive a limited physical release, and those who live in the United States interested in purchasing a physical copy of the game will only be able to purchase it through GameStop. Additionally, the PlayStation 4 version of the game would only receive a physical release. For more information on the game,  you can check out some previously released gameplay videos as well as a few screenshots of the game in action.

Secret of Mana is set to be released on February 15, 2018, on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC via Steam.

Taylor Lyles is a staff writer at DualShockers. She specializes in gaming hardware, eSports, Virtual Reality, spiritual successors, new releases and upcoming titles. Born and raised in Maryland, Taylor is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from Stevenson University. In her free time, she enjoys playing lacrosse, going fishing, studying Fallout lore, and may or may not have an unhealthy obsession with the Dead Rising series.