Jul 5, 2009

Shondra The Epic Girl Gamer: Seiken Densetsu 3

By Paul Hunter

Last week I asked everyone here whether or not they consider themselves a retro game-a-holic and it seems like I inspired Shondra The Epic Girl Gamer to discuss one of her all-time favourites.

In Episode 3 you can watch her talk about Seiken Densetsu 3 ("The Legend of the Holy Sword 3" in English) a game that is sometimes referred to unofficially as Secret of Mana 2 in North America.

I've never played this game and don't know a lot about it, but damn now I'm pretty interested. Thanks Shondra. ;)


CraigB said...

It was always disappointing that this game never came over. Secret of Mana was one of my absolute favorite Square SNES games, and there are lots to choose from! The story was never up to much, but the gameplay was a blast, especially if you had shelled out for that multiplayer gizmo that came with Bomberman.

(Speaking of quality retro games...)

Then again, Terranigma never came out over here either, and that was just about as good. The only game that came close to SoM was Soulblazer, and it's a shame that we never saw its even-more-ambitious followup!

Paul Hunter said...

Oh man, I loved Soul Blazer for SNES. I didn't even realize that they made a sequel for it. I always thought that Illusion of Gaia came next. Now I have the itch to play it again, thanks CraigB! :P

CraigB said...

Hah! Technically it did come out in Europe, so if you can get a PAL SNES (or Super Famicom, not sure which name they used there) you could probably find it.

I'm hoping that it shows up on Virtual Console or the like, though. Square's SNES action-RPGs tend to get overlooked in favor of their traditional ones, but a lot of those games were high points of the company.

(Then again, we never got FFV either. Hoping for localizations in the 16-bit era was still a bit of a crapshoot.)

Though, come to think of it, now I'm sort of tempted to replay Soul Blazer too...

Paul Hunter said...

Same here, I would like to give it a go should it come out on the Virtual Console. I was a huge fan of Soul Blazer so I'm sure to love the sequel.

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