Secret of Mana: Redux




May 1, 2021

Dengeki is still published and has gone through many iterations, but it started with its Super Famicom imprint on December 26, 1992. Its most notable Secret of Mana offerings are its two “Book of Mana” supplements.

February 2, 1993

Translated by Sevon

You can't win just by mashing the B button!

The number in the gauge gradually increases. At 100%, you'll get the most power out of your attacks. In other words, just mashing the attack button will result in a lot of weak hits. When the gauge reaches 100%, another colored bar will fill for executing Power Attacks.

You can't equip the same weapon as your friends 

There are many weapon types to choose from, but the three party members can't use the same weapon. Naturally, this means you'll end up using different weapons. You can tell who has what equipped by checking whose face is next to the weapon icons in the Ring Menu. I wanna use that.
What about enhancing weapons?     

Only one weapon of each type can be held at any time. It's nice to have less stuff to carry around, but it makes you wonder how the weapons are actually enhanced. If you want to use the very first weapon until the end of the game, maybe there's a special Dwarven blacksmith who can help!? 

yoisa [expression of effort] 
korasa [expression paired with yoisa] 
wakuwaku [trembling with excitement]
Power Attacks change according to weapon skill level

Using the same weapon will raise your proficiency with that weapon type. As your weapon skill level rises, you'll be able to use even better Power Attacks. Skill level can be raised up to 9 (starting from level 0). It kind of resembles the growth mechanics in [FFII] and [Romancing SaGa].

Example using the Sword

Level 0 (starting level)
Level 3
Level 4

[in the picture]
Hehe, just a little more!
Not yet...
Not yet...

zunzun [sound of the gauge charging]


April 9, 1993

Translated by Yoshi Fukagawa

Looking forward to summer vacation

Finally, the release is set to be in July.  Rather than being sad about the original target timing of April is pushed back, we should simply be happy about the release date is [finally] decided. Since the release date of this [highly anticipated game] is set for July, the release timing of other games might be affected. It might be interesting to check [their release schedules].

It’d finally be released in August…

What becomes of the rusty holy sword?

There was the rusty holy sword in the [Final Fantasy Adventure]. In the end, this [rusty sword] was fully recovered as Excalibur, and [used to] defeat the final boss. Will it be the same development this time? At least, the mention of "by changing its name..." in the game opening [must mean something]. Let's give it some thoughts.

August 27, 1993 (Book of Mana)

Randi approaching Thanatos, Dyluck, and Phanna at Pandora’s Ruins
Encountering Geshtar at the Sandship
Messing with the mind of a Steamed Crab

Translated by Hiro Amano

Golden Pattern! 

Randi: *poke* *poke*  
Crab: *spasm*  
Popoie: "Now's our chance!"  
Purim: Let's get 'em! 

September 10, 1993 (Book of Mana)

Time to face the Emperor. A lot of magazines did their own translations; here, “Vandole” is “Vandor”
The Vampire of Northtown
Separating themselves from themselves
Rise of the Fortress
Grand Palace cutaway. I’d say someone was playing a lot of SimTower when they made this, except that game wasn’t out yet…
Reunited in the underground city and it feels so good. Unless of course you’re not Popoie, who can sprint down the escalators with those tiny legs.
Door decision. The text characters represent a heartbeat sound.
Varieties of wolves