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Legend of Mana

by Squaresoft
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00004SWM0
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,064 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Rare New, Original Sealed. Case is new but there's 1 tiny yes very tiny crack on case Not bad. Overall condition is As suppose to New Fast Shipping with tracking, buy with confidence & thanks for looking

Though it lacks the dramatic intensity of the Final Fantasy series--the crown prince of console role-playing games--SquareSoft's Legend of Mana still satisfies with its beautiful hand-drawn sets and its innovative nonlinear gameplay.

Billed as the sequel to the Super Nintendo's Secrets of Mana, Legend of Mana's story contains more than 60 self-contained miniquests, but generally the goal is to restore the world's Mana, or life energy. Gamers won't need to be obsessive about winning all the quests, but there are some challenges that must be completed if you wish to reach the final showdown. The game begins as players choose either a male or female lead character while a map displays the new lands within the world of Fa'Diel. In each of these lands, players will find items and clues they can use in other lands. The fragmented nature of the game can be disorienting for gamers looking for quick gratification. A diary can be used to keep track of current miniquests, while an encyclopedia neatly organizes the vast amount of story players uncover. Due to the vast nature of this game's plot, you'll likely need these features to stay focused on your quests.

Anime fans will be wowed by the character design and beautifully illustrated storybook backgrounds. The game includes a Pokémon-style monster-raising element, which is surprising for a teen-rated RPG, but it works well. --Porter Hall


  • Pokémon-style monster raising adds nice nurturing element to RPG tasks
  • Nonlinear quest system makes story engrossing
  • Stunning hand-drawn backgrounds


  • Music is at times absurdly overdramatic
  • Second player controls character only during battle

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great hit from Squaresoft June 10, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I played Secret of Mana many years ago on the SNES, and when I found out last fall that Legend of Mana would be produced and be coming to the US, I got very excited. For those of you who don't know, Secret of Mana is actually known as Seiken Densetsu 2 in Japan. US's Final Fantasy Adventure was Seiken Densetsu 1. Seiken Densetsu 3 never made it to the US, but SD 4 was titled Legend of Mana and was shipped to the US.
First of all, it's a very non-linear game. "Scenarios" are triggered by doing certain events or randomly. There are 69 scenarios in all. You start with either a male or female character, a choice of an initial weapon, and where on the map you want to play. A really original aspect of the game is the Landmake system. During the game you will find artifacts, and they can be used on your world map to make places to go such as cities or jungles or dungeons. A whole array of characters can be found during the game, and they can assist you in battle. The battle system is a new sort of action battle, where you run around the screen and either use a quick attack, a slow powerful attack, or a special move. A second player can join in by being an NPC (non-playable character) or they can import their own Legend of Mana character to play.
Another great addition to the game is the fact that you can make your own weapons and items and such. You can create golems to assist you in battle, or raise little monsters to help you from time to time.
In conclusion, Legend of Mana is a highly reccommended game. The watercolor backgrounds and lush graphics, even though they are 2D, are amazing. The music is phenominal and so is the sound. This is a great game.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
First of all, I'd like to say something to all those people who say "This isn't a sequel to Secret of Mana--it stinks." Of course it isn't a sequel! There is a game between Secret of Mana and Legend of Mana, it just didn't come out in America, it's called Seiken Denjetsu 3, Secret of Mana was 2, and Legend of Mana is 4--just to clear that up.
Second, I'm goin to have to say that this game has the most beautiful 2D graphics I've ever seen. They're hand-drawn, and they look something like those of Saga Frontier 2, but more detailed. For those of you who don't like 2D things, this game may very well change your mind.
The Storyline in this game is.... well, relatively non-existent. There are 69 sub-quests in this game which help determine the overall story which is buried deep inside somewhere. The game doesn't focus on any one concept, or any one villain. It is just made up of a lot of sub-quests. Depending on which Sub-quests you do, you'll meet new characters, find new artifacts, etc...
Legend of Mana uses the most innovative 'world creation' system i've seen yet. In the game, you find magical artifacts which when triggered, construct a city, dungeon, or new area... you decide where you put the new area, and you basically create everything in the game. Depending on where you use the artifact, the story will change. You also make your own weapons, and armor, which is unique.
The Battle System in Legend of Mana is kind of cool... There are no menus, and it is fought in real-time. You go to another screen for battle, but you can move your characters freely around the battlefield. Instead of menus, you assign different abilities to buttons. eg: strong attack, weak attack, special ability.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best game I ever played May 13, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have played the Japanese version of this game and it is one of the best game I've ever played. The game play is awesome, just like the previous Seiken Densetsu series. The special moves is a cool addition to the game. However, unlike the previous Seiken Densetsus, there really isn't any room for 2 player since all the NPC come and go with regard to the event you are on. All the other features also increases the fun of the game. Catching eggs and breeding monsters to be in your party, making your own weapon and armors, as well as forging it with special abilities. You can also make your own golems by filling a 6x6 box with pieces made from your weapons and armors. Linking the pieces can result in the golem having special combos and attacks. Magic is now in the form of instruments and each one have a different magic depending on what you made the instrument with and which element of magic you forged it with. Overall, I think this game is one of my favorite and would recommand it to all the RPG/Seiken Densetsu lovers.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird story, but superb gameplay March 3, 2002
To begin with, the mythology in this game is rather strange -- it's an odd mix of Buddhist, neo-pagan, and New Age theology that doesn't always hang together for me. Maybe that's because the game originated in Japan, and I'm just not as familiar with their folklore. Having said that, I will also say that this is one of the most complex, intuitive games I have ever played. You can program the controller buttons for skills that you choose, decide who to take with you on various quests, make your own customized armor and weapons, etc. Our family has logged many hours in three separate games, and we still have not solved all the scenarios. Definitely a challenge!
One of the neatest features is the "pets" you can grow, which are really monsters that fight as your allies. At various points in the game, you find "monster eggs" that you capture and put into your Monster Corral. You then feed them with foods that you win in the game. The various foods have different effects on the monsters' agressiveness, magic, etc. as the monster grows. You can keep up to five pets in the corral, and you get to choose which one to take with you on each quest. The pets level up in battles just like the RP characters, and some monsters are more powerful than others. As the game progesses, you have the option to sell ones you don't like to make room for new eggs. Part of the fun is seeing what they hatch into!
There are also magical trees where you grow the various seeds that you win in certain battles. The fruits that appear are hilarious -- Apricats, Cabadillos, FishyFruits, Rhinolopes, etc. These can be used as foods for your pets, or as ingredients to temper the weapons, musical instruments, or golems that you make in the workshops.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome game and a must have for collectors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Randall C Overcash
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic
It's been a while since I bought this. I apologize for not leaving a review sooner. The OST for Legend of Mana is absolutely beautiful. Read more
Published 6 months ago by L Gamer
This is by far an outstanding game, it brings back the way am rpg was made. Highly recommend this game
Published 10 months ago by Albert Maas
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated and unknown gem
The Mana series has always been known for its wonderful atmosphere and storyline. However, many do state that Legend of Mana was the beginning of the decline in quality in the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sheikh Ahmed
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
One of the best PS1 games I have ever played! Loved the game play and the story line. I like the fact that you can keep playing the game over and over using the same character and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Renee Burton
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Mana game ever!
The worst of the Mana games ever made.
Unless your a collector Id skip it. Go buy a repo cart of mana 2 or just play the GBA versions this is no good.
Published 13 months ago by russell lenhares
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Game
This is an amazing game from my childhood. Very happy to have it again! Recommend it to anyone who likes RPG games. Classic!
Published 16 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this game!
This is a classic. I had to return my first one because it was scratched and froze at one point. The next one was glossy and perfect. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Melina Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
Got it as a gift for someone, showed up on time it was as described and plays just fine for them.
Published 18 months ago by Greg
4.0 out of 5 stars legend of mana
Great game! Would be five stars but some parts of game don't load. also, some of the cutscenes skip when playing.
Published 19 months ago by James
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