Secret of Mana: Redux




World Map Legend

February 28, 2021

Another area that suffered much in the reduction department was Tasnica. Tasnica is part of the alliance fighting the Empire, and it’s a sister kingdom to Pandora, with whom it shares many resources.  Map I possibly shows plans for an intricate scenario:

Square Power Book (Dengeki: April 9, 1993)

Map IIa had pared things down closer to what we have in the final:

Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: April 30, 1993)

Like the Empire, Tasnica was further developed by Map IIb:

A prerelease shot of Tasnica

…but cut all the way down to one castle by the time of the game’s release (III):

Tasnica, as it appears in Secret of Mana

Dummy locations and roads were also added here in the 2018 remaster to make Tasnica more than just a castle on the water (IV):

Tasnica in Secret of Mana's 2018 remaster

Localization Notes

  • In Japanese, Tasnica’s castle is named Lemurian, a reference to a lost continent proposed in 1864.
  • Tasnica doesn’t have an inn, but the game’s memory contains this deleted line: “Instead of an inn, how about Tasnica’s famous product, Fizzy-Fizzy Drink? Drink just a sip and you’ll be restored!” Sounds good about now.
  • An NPC says, “Mana’s power is waning…” This is a wild change from the Japanese line: “May the power of Mana be with you.” This line has an unusual grammatical structure sometimes used in Shinto prayer. The average Japanese person would be far more likely to recognize this structure from Star Wars, where it’s used to invoke the quasi-religious overtones of, “May the Force be with you” in the Japanese dub of Star Wars.

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