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Circle of Mana sort-of revealed by Square-Enix. More likely to be about magic than geometry

Square-Enix is set to kickstart the Mana/Seiken Densetsu series back into some form of life, according to a new trademark just registered. The new game title registration marks the first new Mana game in five years, following 2007's strategy role-player Heroes of Mana

Exactly what form is it going to take? Right now, there are no details besides the title, Circle of Mana. Given the series' hit-and-miss quality following the (officially) Japan-only Seiken Densetsu 3, it's understandable that fans  would be hoping for a high-profile return to the form of the first few home console games in the series, though given Square-Enix's recent proliferation of mobile games and ports (the Mana series has already had two of those, in the form of 2006's Friends of Mana and 2010's iOS port of Secret of Mana), so it's entirely possible that the new game will take a more portable route.

More news of course, as it appears following the game's inevitable official announcement.

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3 comments

  • Sinosaur - September 7, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    It bothers me that you're implying Legend of Mana wasn't good. LoM was an excellent game, it was just different. It's only weak point, in my opinion, is that the combat was a bit clunky, but it had amazing sprite-based graphics, a fun, imaginative world full of interesting characters whose stories the non-linear structure let you explore.
  • Scoob - September 8, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    Unfortunately, combat is the most important thing in the game. I agree with you that everything else about the game was excellent, but the lackluster combat drags the game down to a 6/10 at best. If the game didn't have such an awesome soundtrack, I wouldn't have given it as much time as I did (I'll still pop it in for the intro once in a while). It's pretty much been the story of Squaresoft's life since the PlayStation era though: phenomenal presentation with graphics and sound, while the actual gameplay from title to title has been hit or miss.
  • robertpopovic - September 7, 2012 7:48 a.m.

    I hope that they'll release it for 3DS or Vita so they can keep it a lower profile and just go for fun instead of making it a AAA final fantasy 13-ish title going for the consoles.

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