Secret of Mana Redux




February 28, 2021

The Book of Mana (Dengeki: August 27, 1993)

Truffle, a friendly talking mushroom, is the king of Matango, an entire country of citizens like him.  Matango is a peaceful kingdom, but Truffle recognizes Randi immediately as a hero of legend:

TRUFFLE: You’ve come at last! The legendary heroes—I’ve been waiting for you!


TRUFFLE: Fu fu, don’t play dumb!  We’ve got PROPER legends in this country!  Get ready…

Seeking to tame the white god
In a a time of calamity
Bearing the holy sword
the hero, a child of man
shall appear and save this country…

Yeah?  That’s you guys, right?  Come on, no need to be so shy!  I’ve got it all figured out!

Dengeki Super Famicom (June 25, 1993)

The last king was killed by a giant monster, and Truffle has recently taken his spot.  While he’s been successful overall, his guards note that he’s a bit impulsive and they have to constantly watch what he’s doing.  Truffle tells Randi about a nearby cave with white dragons, which turns out to be the same one that Randi’s been seeking after advice from Popoie’s grandfather.  After finding an orphaned dragon there, they bring him back to Truffle, who gets a dangerous idea:

TRUFFLE: Alright!  I’ll take care of this for you!

GUARD: K-king Truffle!

TRUFFLE: Shush! I’ve already decided, got it!?  You guys, you have your own problems, right? Then, just leave the rest to me and go on your journey!  Sorry to have kept you!  Well, please come check in and see how it’s doing from time to time.  What do you think of the name “Flammie”?…Hang on! How stupid of me to ask!  Even if you say it’s no good, there’s no way I’ll just say “oh, well okay then”!  

Truffle raises Flammie while Randi’s off saving the world, eventually coming with Flammie to save Randi from a burning castle.  Unless Randi drops in for no reason, Truffle isn’t seen again until the end credits.

Localization Notes

  • In Japanese, Truffle’s castle is a pun combining “mush” with “shiro”, meaning castle.
  • Truffle’s predecessor was Matsukaten, a pun on matsutake mushrooms.

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