Secret of Mana: Redux




February 28, 2021

Marukatsu Super Famicom was one iteration of the Marukatsu series, published by Kadokawashoten. It started as Marukatsu Famicom in 1986, and ended as Marukatsu Game Boy in 2000. It is one of the more difficult gaming magazines to come by.

July 9, 1993

Come for Final Fantasy V. Stay for Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana)? Or was it the other way around? Either way, this would have been ecstatic. The promotion cycle for Final Fantasy V was ending as Secret of Mana’s was ramping up. This was exactly seven months after Final Fantasy V was released.

Translated by Yoshi Fukagawa

Infiltrate the "secret" Seiken Densetsu 2 experience!

What was waiting for the enthusiastic fans who gathered at Sunshine 60?

On June 6th, a card exchange event hosted by Square (related to Final Fantasy V) was held at the Cultural Exchange Center at Sunshine 60 in Ikebukuro.  When I went to get coverage and some interviews, the venue was extremely crowded with 5500 participants.  While everyone was having fun and exchanging cards [probably FFV-related trading cards], there was also a test play corner for Seiken Densetsu 2.

A long line in front of the Seiken Densetsu 2 monitor display...well, it can't be helped.  [picture caption]

Opinions of participants:

"The characters are very cute!" ---11th grade girl (this was a popular opinion)
"I was a little confused by the ring command feature.  It's difficult at first, but you get hooked once you get used to it." ---6th grade boy