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Secret of Mana

by SquareSoft
Nintendo Super NES
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • The Mana tree keeps good and evil in perfect balance
  • A magic sword has tricked a young warrior into upsetting the balance
  • Restore harmony by embarking on a dangerous journey to find the seeds of the Mara tree
  • Magic swords release and fight evil; treasure chests hold booby traps; monsters are friends and enemies
  • It's a world turned upside down that you must help the warrior make right

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  • ASIN: B000035Y2Q
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 12 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,275 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Product Description

includes game cartride only. Game is in good condition clean with fully intact label that does have three white spots on edge of label on the top of the cartridge. All ClassicGameStore games are fully tested before being added to our inventory.

From the Manufacturer

There is one force in the universe that keeps good and evil in perfect balance. It is called the tree of Mana. But a magic sword has tricked a young warrior into upsetting the balance, spreading evil throughout the land.

Thus, the warrior must undertake a dangerous journey to find the seeds of the Mara tree which have been hidden for centuries. Only then can perfect harmony be restored.

In this incredible adventure, things are not as they seem. Magic swords release evil as well as fight it. Treasure chests hold booby traps. Monsters are friends and friends are enemies. Dragons fly, weapons change.

It's a world turned upside down that you must help the warrior make right. And the only way to succeed is to solve the Secret of Mana.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second best RPG ever made. July 4, 2001
By Ben
This game is one of the best ever, on any platform, from NES all the way to PS2, surpassed only by Chrono Trigger. Unfortunately, the sequels to this game absolutely butchered it, removing all the features that made it great. However, despite what happened to future versions, gamers can still enjoy the original and best.
The graphics of this game are good, looking very colorful, stylized, and very rich, as if they were drawn and painted by hand, and your adventures take place in a wide, diverse range of environments, from caves to deserts to lush green wilderness and waterfalls. The music is wonderful, always inspiring and fitting the mood, from the eerie and strange song of Thanatos' castle, to the slow, wintry theme of the Ice Palace, to the heroic theme of the battle with the Mana Beast. The story is great with all of its plot twists, and it manages to be linear and coherent without dragging you along by the nose. The three characters are very likeable, especially that quirky little Sprite.
But, the gameplay! Despite all else, this is where the game really excels. Secret of Mana has been compared to Zelda because of its real-time battle system, but I believe it surpasses Zelda in all sorts of ways. Instead of one character, you now have three, and they can fight extremely well because of a wonderful feature known as the Action Grid. This allowed you to set all actions of a character, including whether they should fight aggressively, stand back and defend themselves, or use hit-and-run tactics (this works EXTREMELY well--watch your allies step in, whack the enemy, then deftly back-flip out of range before he can counterattack), and you can even set whether they will use their stronger special moves and what level of special move they should charge up to.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Age of Video Gaming October 31, 2005
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
At the expense of sounding like an old man at the age of 25, I just have to say that they don't make games like this anymore. Not quite sure if this is my favorite game of all time, but it's definetly in the top three, and I've played quite a few games. The original Secret of Mana is just such an awesome game. It's a Zelda-style adventure, but with three different characters, a well-worked system of magic, great musical selection, a vast world to explore, and an engaging story line. A multi-player addition (where a pal can control one of your three characters) makes the game so much more enjoyable.

This is a game that proves that an older game with a great concept beats the hell out of a more modern game with the greatest graphics in the world. If I wanted characters that look as close to real people as possible I'd watch TV. Video games are all about the concept and creativity behind the game. Secret of Mana epitomizes that. Probably out of production by this point, but if you can get your hands on it, you'll definetly be pleased. Or at least download it and play with an emulator.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret of Mana Casts a Spell... July 20, 2006
By Dana
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
First things first, this game is one of my all-time favorites.

I've played and replayed this game so many times that I know every dungeon by heart, and the best part is that it never feels old.

Secret of Mana was able to wrap so many great aspects of gameplay around a charming story. Unlike the Final Fantasy games, which are all the same story just recycled and given a fresh coat of paint, Secret of Mana employs some subtle plot twists and suspense. Leaving the hero shrouded in mystery until close to the end of the story.

Secret of Mana also doesn't bother with the monotony of randomized battles. Like Zelda, it employs a visually aware combat system; you can see what's coming at you before you reach it. This helps you skip unnecessary battles without the tedium of having to select the 'run away' feature.

There are so many quirks about this game that make it special, from cannon travel to being able to play with up to 2 other people at the same time. No matter how many times I finish it I'll always want to go back and experience it again.

Secret of Mana is a unique RPG, which in and of itself is enough to make it a gem.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unsung RPG September 23, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It should be no secret that the SNES gave us some of the most elite classics that have stood the test of time. Why Secret of Mana hasn't gained the success of many of these classics is beyond me, because this is by far one of the classics when it comes to RPG gaming.

In this game, the hero of this game finds a sword and pulls it out, only to unleash a barrage of monsters and to be banned from Potos. With further accompaniment from a sprite and girl, the hero must find the Mana Seeds to power up the Mana Sword. I will just leave it at that to prevent any spoilers.

What makes Secret of Mana such a highlight is its gameplay system. Many RPGs developed by Square have been known for its turn-based battle system. Instead of utilizing this, the game uses a real time battle system akin to The Legend of Zelda series, with ring style menus for each character to use items and change character settings.

When it comes to unique skills by the characters mentioned above, the hero is a physical battle warrior. However, with the use of magic acquired eventually in the game, the sprite can use battle magic while the girl can use magic that powers up the skills in combat. More skills are obtained upon discovering Mana Seeds.

A final mention is to the game's soundtrack, composed by Hiroki Kikuta. The focus on woodwinds and percussion instruments drives throughout the whole game, provoking the appropriate mood for the setting. Don't get me wrong, a lot of Square titles have been well known for the soundtrack used, but Secret of Mana manages to excel beyond with these compositions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent long RPG with 3 player compatibility
Fabulous game for the SNES. Excellent long RPG with 3 player compatibility, epic landscapes, amazing soundtrack, and epic story. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Jordan B
5.0 out of 5 stars Die-hard players know about the secret island where you climb ...
Die-hard players know about the secret island where you climb a lighthouse tower, and the moogle belt island. Also if you level up your magic to 8. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Long lost, but not forgotten.
Got this to try to play all the way through since I loved it as a of course my ex still has it. Found an emulator and will try that way but still, such sadness, much cry.
Published 1 month ago by Inkwell
5.0 out of 5 stars secret of mana
A great deal & hours of fun
Published 3 months ago by Jason Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by Michael W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great for a Super nintendo Game
Published 5 months ago by HKate St. John
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic game.
Bought this game for my then grammar school aged son when it first came out. Decided to try it and got hooked.
Played it solitaire first , then later with my (now older) son. Read more
Published 7 months ago by W. K. Livingston Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars secret of success
Secret of Mana is one of those games I missed out on as a kid, despite having a pretty healthy Super NES collection in the early 90's. Read more
Published 8 months ago by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Man why 8k? I have this game is it actually worth that ?
Published 8 months ago by Orry
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best adventure/RPG games since Zelda. :)
I've owned this game since 1998 and have recently started playing it again. This is one of those must-have games to download onto your Wii U. Read more
Published 8 months ago by jdealy999
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