Mana Series

ConsoleNameReleaseGenreDeveloperLucca's Notes
DSChildren of Mana2006ActionNex EntertainmentBeautiful graphics, but otherwise a repetitive randomized dungeon-crawling ARPG
DSHeroes of Mana2007StrategyBrownie BrownRTS where better equipment is the key to raising stats; pretty but lacking in substance
GBASword of Mana2003ActionBrownie BrownIncorporates elements from later games and 2 story paths
JP SFCSeiken Densetsu 31995ActionSquareThe character you choose at the start determines your storyline, otherwise plays like SoM
PS2Dawn of Mana2007ActionSquare EnixDoes away with many conventions of the series, large focus on item throwing, level gains are reset between areas
PS3Legend of Mana (PSone Classics)2011ActionSquareSee PSX
PS4Legend of Mana (DL only)2021ActionM2/Square EnixCleans up the graphics, adds rearranged music, otherwise still the same gorgeous journey
PS4Secret of Mana2018ActionQ Studios/SquareSee Vita
PS4Trials of Mana2020ActionXeen/Square EnixBrings the game into 3D, adds new difficulty levels, gives characters abilities for buffs, adds an extra class tier, among many other QoL changes
PSPLegend of Mana (PSone Classics)2011ActionSquareSee PSX
PSXLegend of Mana2000ActionSquareGorgeously 2D, beautiful soundtrack, disjointed story with an offbeat structure
SNESSecret of Mana1993ActionSquareActually the second Mana game, up to 3-player co-op
SwitchCollection of Mana2019ActionM2/SquareBrings together the original versions of the first three Mana games along with UI QoL additions; first appearance of a localized Trials of Mana
SwitchLegend of Mana (DL only)2021ActionM2/Square EnixSee PS4
SwitchTrials of Mana2020ActionXeen/Square EnixSee PS4
VitaAdventures of Mana (DL only)2016ActionMCF3D remake of Final Fantasy Adventure, the first Mana game; only has a male playable character but allows for easy equipment switching
VitaLegend of Mana (PSone Classics)2012ActionSquareSee PSX
VitaSecret of Mana (DL only)2018ActionQ Studios/SquareRemade in 3D with a lot of the original visual charm missing, a new translation, adds voiced dialogue and makes QoL changes