Secret of Mana: Redux

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World Maps

February 28, 2021

Various preview maps exist, each showing a different stage of development. My shorthand code for each map is here and at the bottom of this page:

I – First prerelease map

IIa – Scoop Guide Map

IIb – Later version of the above

III – SNES map

IV – 2018 map

  The earliest known map represents the state of things around late ’92/early ’93, though it still showed up some time later.

World Map I
Square Power Book (Dengeki: April 9, 1993)

Another version:

A prerelease map from Secret of Mana
World Map I
The Super Famicom (March 5, 1993)

You’d have to rearrange the landmasses to get something close to the final cut.  This next one comes from a “scoop guide”, a small book dedicated to teasing games:

A prerelease world map from Secret of Mana
World Map IIa
Scoop Guide (Family Computer Magazine: April 30, 1993)

According to tcrf.net, an accompanying caption reads:

Below, you'll find the world map of Seiken Densetsu 2. Did you notice that it differed slightly from the map we'd previously shown off in this publication? There are more continents than before, and it seems there are more mysterious locations.

The Lost Continent was covered up, but this map is the same one from the Japanese manual:

A prerelease world map from Secret of Mana
World Map IIa
Seiken Densetsu 2 Manual

A later version of this map exists.  They were still working on this concept well into 1993:

World Map IIb
via Clyde Mandelin

A clearer version:

Hippon Super! (July 1993)

Promotional videos close to the game’s release show that this map was coded and playable.  The globe seems to have been coded here too:

Youtube: OKeijiDragon

The final world map, sadly cut down:

The final world map of Secret of Mana
World Map III
from Fantasy Anime

And the 2018 remake map:

The world of Secret of Mana's 2018 remake
World Map IV

I came up with a shorthand for each stage of development that I’ll use across the site:

I – First prerelease map

IIa – Scoop Guide Map

IIb – Later version of the above

III – SNES map

IV – 2018 map

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