Trials of Mana Reveals More Dungeon Exploration, Boss Fight Gameplay

Square Enix published new Trials of Mana gameplay showing the Water Benevodon boss fight.

March 11, 2020

Square Enix published a 20 minutes long gameplay video for Trials of Mana. The gameplay includes a party with Riesz as the protagonist, with Angela and Kevin as her companions. It shows some town exploration, and a ride on Mana series iconic dragon Flammie, revealing the world map’s remake look.

We also get a look at all of the game’s menus, including how to give specific strategies and tactics to the AI-controlled characters. Like the original SNES game, you can switch between the three characters at any time during battle. Sadly this remake doesn’t include the original’s multiplayer function.


This is gameplay from pretty late into the game when your party needs to defeat the Benevodons, powerful Mana beings, for story reasons I won’t spoil. It’s also interesting to note how the party is level 45, a level much higher than the average level at this story point in the original, showing how long and how rebalanced this remake is.

The gameplay sequence also has a long dungeon exploration sequence, showing how different the dungeons are now, actually including elevation elements seeing they’re in 3D, and platforming. The gameplay ends with the amazing fight against Fiegmund, the Water Benevodon. The Benevodons fights are really iconic and left a strong mark on anyone who played Seiken Densetsu 3 in the past. You can read more about how the boss was remade over at PlayStation blog.

As a reminder, this is a remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, released exclusively in Japan on Super Famicom in 1995. Seiken Densetsu 3 is the follow-up to Seiken Densetsu 2, known as Secret of Mana outside Japan. Seiken Densetsu 3 was officially translated as Trials of Mana and released outside Japan for the first time during E3 2019 via Collection of Mana on Nintendo Switch. The remake is also named Trials of Mana in the west. In Japan, the remake is titled Seiken Densetsu 3 Trials of Mana to differentiate it from the original Snes game.

Trials of Mana launches on April 24, 2020, on PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. It was first announced at E3 2019 along with some live gameplay. A demo was also listed on the PlayStation Store but wasn’t officially announced nor released yet. You can check out the past trailers, artwork, details and screenshots here, here, here, and here. You can also take a look at our preview.

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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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