Seiken Densetsu 3 Trials of Mana Sales Were Overwhelmingly Above Expectations Thanks to Riesz Staying An R18 Doujin Manga Favorite For Over 25 Years

Trials of Mana, 2020 remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, is deservedly overwhelmingly above the sales expectations Square Enix initially had for it.

August 21, 2020

Square Enix was quite satisfied with the sales of Trials of Mana, and we might be getting more from the Seiken Densetsu / Mana series in the future. We learned that via Square Enix’ latest financials, published on August 20. (Thanks to our Japanese pals at Automaton for pointing it out).

On the first quarter of the current fiscal year, ending on March 2021, Square Enix experienced record sales compared to the past period the same year, thanks to Final Fantasy VII Remake. However, the sales of Trials of Mana were very strong as well. Trials of Mana‘s sales worldwide are well above the initial expectations of Square Enix, which is hopeful for the future of the series.

The sales are well-deserved as Trials of Mana is a great remake who does justice to the original. The game could use a bigger budget. With elements such as a dynamic direction in its cutscenes, as 3D leaves less to the imagination. But you’re probably used to that stuff if you’re playing that kind of JRPG in the first place.

Trials of Mana launched on April 24, 2020, on PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. It’s a remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, released exclusively in Japan on Super Famicom/Snes 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 localized as Trials of Mana and released outside Japan for the first time in 2019 via Collection of Mana on Nintendo Switch. The remake is also named Trials of Mana in the west, which is confusing. In Japan, the 2020 remake is titled “Seiken Densetsu 3 Trials of Mana” to differentiate it from the original game.

Trials of Mana is much, much better than the Secret of Mana remake from 2018. More details can be found with our review and our past coverage.

Trials of Mana Final Trailer

Square Enix is supposed to announce multiple projects this summer, things that were supposed to be announced at E3 2020. For now we heard about Balan Wonderworld which seems to be to Nights what Eiyuden Chronicle is to Suikoden. Technically not a game but we also heard about the Subarashiki Kono Sekai (The World Ends With You) anime adaptation. 

Personally speaking, my favorite in the series alongside Seiken 3 is Legend of Mana on PS1, and my dream is to see it remade in 2D with a collaboration between Square Enix and Vanillaware. All while keeping the weirdness of the original game, with Akitoshi Kawazu as the producer.

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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