Seiken Densetsu 3 Remake Trials of Mana First Gameplay Revealed at E3 2019

Trials of Mana remake keeps the original's iconic mechanics, coupled with a brand new battle system.

Nintendo and Square Enix revealed Seiken Densetsu 3 is getting a remake named Trials of Mana at E3 2019. Later on, gameplay footage of both the original Trials of Mana and the remake version was shown during the Nintendo Treehouse stream, commented by Mana Series Producer Masaru Oyamada. Multiple bits of information about the remake were revealed.

Needless to say, all of the iconic mechanics of the original game are back. Like the original, Trials of Mana begins by selecting three of six of the protagonists, Duran, Charlotte, Hawkeye, Riesz, Angela, and Kevin. The game’s story changes depending on who you picked, and the story will have new elements compared to the original. Other iconic elements such as the day-night cycle are still there. Monsters and NPCs behaviors are different at night.

While the gameplay shown had no voiceovers, the final version of Trials of Mana will include Japanese and English voiceovers. The game’s text will also be available in English, French, Spanish, and German.

The battle system wasn’t simply transposed in 3D and is completely new. Battles are triggered when encountering enemies, with the battle arena being delimited by a circle. Running outwards that circle for a few seconds will make our protagonists run away from the battle. It also has new features like bonuses depending on how the player performed, like getting a percent of max SP restored if the battle lasted less than a certain amount of seconds.

Depending on which attack buttons and combos are used, characters can jump and attack, use AOE attacks, knockback attacks, or charge stronger attacks to break enemies’ defenses. When bosses enemies use AOE attacks, we also see their range a bit before it strikes, making battles easier to predict. Each character also has special attacks, with cool cut-in animations displayed when using them.

The ring menu system is back as well, and items can be set on four different shortcuts so they can be used while the action goes on.

Trials of Mana launches on Switch, PC, and PS4 in early 2020. The original SNES game is available on Switch in Collection of Mana. 4Gamer released an interview with the remake’s staff so we’ll be covering that soon as well.

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Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07

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