Secret of Mana: Redux

Unknown Areas

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Unknown Areas

World Map Legend

February 28, 2021

There’s some prerelease areas that can’t be placed, and I’ve included them here.

This castle (or fancy rug?) doesn’t resemble anything on any map.  It almost certainly predates IIa.

A prerelease shot of Secret of Mana
Famitsu (February 12, 1993)
A prerelease shot a castle in Secret of Mana
Famitsu (February 12, 1993)

Possibly a cannon travel test:

A prerelease shot of a cannon travel screen in Secret of Mana
Hippon Super! (March 3, 1993)

Shops that could be anything though given their source.  Likely from early in the game:

A prerelease shop in Secret of Mana
Famitsu (May 28, 1993)
A prerelease inn in Secret of Mana
Famitsu (May 28, 1993)
A prerelease location in Secret of Mana
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: December 25, 1992)

This shop features Sergo and Phanna, and also has a rear door.  The rear door’s frame is still in the ROM, but the rest of the graphics have been removed.  The NPCs were likely being prototyped at this stage.  This location was altered and used as the pub in Potos; it could be an early version of that.  It also resembles the cannon man’s house in Kippo. 

Same place with Pecard:

A prerelease location in Secret of Mana
Famitsu (December 25, 1992)

These two islands from I don’t resemble anything in the final, and I’ve moved them together in this shot:

Two deleted islands from Secret of Mana

The one on the right was at least partially coded.  It doesn’t show up on IIa maps so it was a very early cut:

A deleted island from Secret of Mana
Hippon Super! (March 1993)
A deleted island from Secret of Mana
Famitsu (March 5, 1993)
A deleted island from Secret of Mana
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: December 25, 1992)
A deleted island from Secret of Mana
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: December 25, 1992)
A deleted island from Secret of Mana
Hippon Super! (February 1993)
A deleted island from Secret of Mana
Hippon Super! (February 1993)

It looks like there’s a volcano on the island.  Some have suggested a possible forerunner to Volcano Island Bucca in Seiken Densetsu 3 (Trials of Mana).  Also note the more intricate map objects.

Early Lighthouse?

An unknown area cut from Secret of Mana

The game was possibly supposed to have a means of water travel, as evidenced by beaches throughout the world.  If so, I imagine this was a planned place to launch:

Famitsu (May 28, 1993)
Another shot from same area
Hippon Super! (March 3, 1993)

Queue mentions this bird’s resemblance to the Garuda from Final Fantasy Adventure:

from the Seikens

Sheexy from the Seikens followed up with this art from the Final Fantasy Adventure manual:

The Garuda from Final Fantasy Adventure

Another animation frame:

Randi fighting a monster cut from Secret of Mana
Famitsu (March 5, 1993)

This promotional image shows the entire area without sprites and the water overlay:

Famitsu (January 29, 1993)

No idea on these either:

A deleted area from Secret of Mana
Famitsu (March 5, 1993)
A deleted area from Secret of Mana
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: April 30, 1993)
A prerelease screen from Secret of Mana
Hippon Super! (February 1993)
A prerelease screen from Secret of Mana
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: December 25, 1992)

Then there’s a trove of random areas from the Gaia Lowlands.  Some are areas that are appear in the final game in different form:

A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: December 25, 1992)
Early versions of items
Hippon Super! (February 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Family Computer Magazine (February 5, 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Family Computer Magazine (February 5, 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Hippon Super! (July 1993)
Seiken Densetsu 2 Manual
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Seiken Densetsu 2 Manual
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: April 30, 1993)
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: April 30, 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: April 30, 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: April 30, 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Family Computer Magazine (April 2, 1993)
A deleted area from Secret of Mana
Dengeki Super Famicom (April 23, 1993)
A prerelease shot from Secret of Mana
Family Computer Magazine (February 5, 1993)
A prerelease shot from Secret of Mana
Family Computer Magazine (February 5, 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Family Computer Magazine (February 5, 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: April 30, 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Seiken Densetsu 2 Manual
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Famitsu (May 21, 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Family Computer Magazine (February 19, 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Family Computer Magazine (February 19, 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Famitsu (March 19, 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Marukatsu Super Famicom (February 26, 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Hippon Super! (February 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Hippon Super! (July 1993)
A prerelease shot of the Gaia Lowlands
Family Computer Magazine (May 28, 1993)
Family Computer Magazine (May 28, 1993)
Hippon Super! (January 1993)

Probably enemy tests:

Secret of Mana enemy tests
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: April 30, 1993)
Secret of Mana enemy tests
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: April 30, 1993)
Secret of Mana enemy tests
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: April 30, 1993)

Unfinished Cannon Travel screen:

Secret of Mana's cannon travel center during development
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: April 30, 1993)