Trials of Mana is an excellent remake who deserves these sale numbers, strengthening the hopes for future Seiken Densetsu remakes and sequels.
Square Enix announced new sales numbers for the Trials of Mana remake: over one million copies have been shipped or downloaded worldwide. A special illustration by Haccan, the character designer of the remake, was published for the occasion.
It’s important to note the game sold “only” 150,000 copies its first week after release on April 24, 2020. Meaning the sales of Trials of Mana have been rising steadily over the months, thanks to more and more people realizing this is a great remake.
Back in August 2020, Square Enix mentioned the sales of Trials of Mana were much higher than its expectations, and how it was a good sign for the future of the series. It looks like we can raise our hopes even more now. Maybe my dream of Square Enix partnering up with 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim developer Vanillaware for a 2D remake of Legend of Mana isn’t so far-fetched.
Trials of Mana sales top 1 million commemoration illustration
Original composer Hiroki Kikuta also shared a message on Twitter for the occasion:
“Seiken Densetsu 3 Trials of Mana surpassed one million, feels like my long-standing wishes have been granted. Let’s celebrate!”
聖剣伝説3 トライアルズ オブ マナ が100万本突破ということで、積年の思いを果たした感じがして、本当におめでたいです！☺️🎉 https://t.co/5vj5iU66wg
— レジェンド菊田💫 作曲の人 DTMの人 ゲーム音楽の人 HIROKI KIKUTA (@Hiroki_Kikuta) February 12, 2021
It’s definitely impressive that Trials of Mana managed to sell over one million, and it deserved it. The original game is beloved, and the remake has a lot of very strong points. The fact that it includes both the original and rearranged OST by Hiroki Kikuta. The incredible character design, illustrations, and 3D models. The new battle system. The inclusion of brand new post game content and a New Game + mode. All of it makes Trials of Mana a great remake.
However, one can tell it definitely was a small scale project for Square Enix. You can easily tell the game was developed with a pretty small scale budget. I personally regret the original script wasn’t further enhanced. Most notably when it comes to screenplay during cutscenes. Back on Super Nintendo, our imagination could work things out. But now it simply feels quite soulless to see the characters just standing there during cutscenes.
Trials of Mana Final Trailer
Trials of Mana launched on April 24, 2020, on PS4, PC. and Switch. This is a remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, released in Japan on Super Famicom/SNES in 1995. Seiken Densetsu 3 is the follow-up to Seiken Densetsu 2, known and beloved worldwide as Secret of Mana.
Seiken Densetsu 3 was officially translated and released outside Japan for the first time during E3 2019 via Collection of Mana on Switch, and it was titled Trials of Mana. The remake is named identically, so it can be a bit confusing.
The Japanese version of the remake is titled Seiken Densetsu 3 Trials of Mana to differentiate it from the original game.