Circle Of Mana Announced. Yeah, It’s A Social Game

By Spencer . December 13, 2012 . 11:57pm

Square Enix announced Holy Sword Legend: Circle of Mana and before you get excited it’s a social game from GREE. Circle of Mana is a card battling RPG with characters from the entire Mana series. concept art shows the heroes from Secret of Mana, the Japan-only sequel Seiken Densetsu 3, and Dawn of Mana (technically Seiken Densetsu 4).


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Various worlds are connected through the Mana Tree. The Mana Tree is said to be the source for all of the mana in the world, but now it’s being threatened. When this happens a holy sword appears which heroes use to protect the tree and maintain the balance of the world. A mysterious force is weakening the tree and making monsters appear. Peace begins to dissipate, but you can save the world in Circle of Mana by finding the holy sword.


Circle of Mana is slated for release in 2013 for smartphones including iOS and Android devices.

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  • Lester Paredes

    aww. that sounds lame. what’s with all of these card battle social games? Are they really that big in Japan.

  • brian

    I’ve held this back for some time, and I’m finally going to let it out.
    **** you, Squeenix.
    With something very large and pointy.

  • WyattEpp

    I know we all saw it coming, but that doesn’t make it any less disappointing to have confirmation. :(

  • Go2hell66

    Wow square enix on a roll

  • epy

    The future of gaming, indeed!

  • Luna Kazemaru

    I don’t really mind social games but I think Square needs to stop trying to flood the market with its games. Its not a race lol but they sure are acting as if it is.

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  • ragingmerifes

    I think Square Enix found its market on iPhone/Android. They always used to have milked projects to pay for bigger franchises, and it seems like it is working. Maybe, if they make Final Fantasy VII Social or Triple Triad Online, and sell millions, they just may be able to conclude Versus XIII.
    At least, I hope so. Maybe they’re just milking the games and soon they’ll forget consoles.

  • YourAshyAss_Elbows

    I thought you guys loved Gree games? I got that impression after the excitement over the Metal Gear Gree article.

  • Randy Marsh

    I would express some disappointment, but meh it’s just a Mana game.

  • Elvick

    I don’t really mind social games, if done well. However, when there’s not really a lot of support for a series and then a social game comes to it. It’s kind of like a slap in the face.

    I mean, this kind of thing works for Final Fantasy. Since there’s always a lot of them in development, so another one, a social game, isn’t really that big of a deal to me.

    I really hope SE doesn’t do one for the Chrono series, because that would sting like a mother.

  • Dexward

    And no Legend of Mana?!

    • XerosBeat

      I know, I really miss that game. Listening to the soundtrack the other day was nostalgic. T-T

  • Squarenix, the cash machine. :( So distant from psone era, where almost every game from Square was a good game. :'(

  • Göran Isacson

    …. Well. If it sells well in Japan, maybe. Just maybe, we’ll see a renewed interest in the franchise. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe…

    Also is that the girl from Secret of Mana (the first for the SNES) in that image? Didn’t know she had elf-ears.

  • HassanJamal

    Oh yesss, new Mana game, cant wai…..this isnt….its a….. SE, why break my heart :C

    • Testsubject909

      Honestly, the poor excuse I’ve been giving is that it’s Square Enix and not Squaresoft.

      A lot of magical nostalgic great classic games were made by Squaresoft and Enix separately. The last great game from Squaresoft was Kingdom Heart and I do love noting that the first Kingdom Heart was majoritarily a great balance between an unknown story and a lot of Disney magic, mainly because of the focal involvement of the Disney villains in the first one whereas in ever other installment, the Disney villains are mainly just a footnote and, quite honestly, the Disney worlds could be replaced with generic fantasy worlds and nothing would change from the whole.

      I’m not denying that Square Enix has released quite a few great games too. But on the flipside, I can’t deny that I feel that a lot of landmark games and classics made by Squaresoft has been… well, handled somewhat poorly in terms of the quality of it’s content.

      But that’s mainly just emotions speaking here.

  • The name (and the publisher) kinda gave that away, I knew it was a social game from the start. Now the question is…will that push this series up to popularity, so much that SE starts working on a sequel for it?

    Well I know they won’t but I still can’t help but wonder if that would be the case.

  • riceisnice

    Maybe… They’re trying to… Uhh… Raise awareness! Yeah! Then they’ll release a real Mana game later…

    • MrRobbyM

      That’s what I’m hoping for too…

      *sad violin music*

      • Testsubject909

        I still feel that Secret of Mana was one of the better multiplayer games. Three for multiplayer coop just feels like the right number.

        Four people can be a bit difficult to organize and on the couch you tend to max out at 3 people as well. It’s not as chaotic on screen and everything flows just fine. Four people coop works okay nowadays thanks to online but it didn’t work very well for couch co-op, and even then coordination can be a bit messy unless of course you’re free to roam around without restraint like, say, in Castlevania Harmony of Despair’s 6 player rooms or Ragnarok Odyssey.

        Still. The number 3 for cooperative games just feels right for me thanks to Secret of Mana.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    I dropped about 10 consecutive f-bombs when I read this….

  • Ephidiel

    could we just somehow kill social gaming?

    • Luna Kazemaru

      lol no.

    • Hidayat246

      social game is more profitable rather than make single console game

      that Square Enix now not Squaresoft u know 15 years ago

  • AaqibRawat

    I got so happy when i saw the thumbnail of secret of mana! the art work of Randi and purimu was so good. yes a new game !

    then i read the article 0_0

  • FFmax

    Lol Square. Why do you insist in trolling your audience? I can see why a lot of people have been pissed off with them lately. This is
    getting ridiculous.

    • CirnoLakes

      Glad to see an article about this isn’t plagued by people rushing to the defense of Square Enix.

      It is things like this that are rapidly turning people against Square Enix. They’re fading themselves into obscurity. They’re making people forget the Square Enix name.

      Even I as someone who likes the Tales franchise vastly greater than the Final Fantasy franchise and don’t consider myself a Square Enix fan in the slightest. There is no denying that in the early days, Square and Enix were front runners in the RPG genre with beloved and respected hits like Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, and many others that helped create the genre since the 8-bit days.

      What. Happened.

      Heck, what happened to Capcom and many other companies? These are the folks who brought us the original Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Mega Man. I don’t get it. What happened to the great artists of the classic arcade days, the 8-bit days, the 16-bit days?

  • Federico Astica

    It’s so sad that nowadays, with portable hardware that is 100x times more powerful than a SNES, they do games like this. What a waste.

  • MikeTxn

    I knew it will be a social game, but a little part of me hoped it wasn’t.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    Square trolling hard these last couple days.

  • Sounds about right, by SquareEnix standards…

  • echokanon

    I miss Legend of Mana…

    not really related by this vocal version of Domina theme is really good

    • Testsubject909

      Buying Legend of Mana off of PSN PS1 classics, play it on the Vita. That’s part of my plans once I’m done with Threads of Fate and PE1 and 2.

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  • Zefiro Torna

    No surprise, not just based on the push for social games, but the whole lack of a willing figurehead thing is preventing a proper full fledged Mana game from happening.

    When Koichi Ishii left the company, I was hoping his old buddy Hiromichi Tanaka would take over the series due to his involvement with past Mana games. Of course, now Tanaka is gone too, and we’ll never know if he would’ve wanted to take on the task anyways (SD3 was his last game in the series, damn).

    I’d say the only person left in the company suitable for delivering another proper Mana game is Akitoshi Kawazu, having worked on Legend of Mana as producer. Nowadays, it looks as if the stars would have to align perfectly for that to happen…

    Of course, the company knows that the last batch of Mana games have done too much harm, but it is known that there’s still a significant demand for a new Mana. It’s an unfortunate position for the series to be in, maybe the reception to this low risk social game can change things?

  • Junko Enoshima

    I honestly thought it was gonna be one of the first Wii U RPGs. Would love to see a HD Mana game… :(

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Maybe it will get more people interested in the games and then *MAYBE* Square would start making new Mana games. “Sigh” who am I f*&%ing kidding. -_-

  • And people wonder why I’m AntiSocial.

  • kroufonz

    suffering continue

    looks like we should just abandon all hope for non FF console JRPG from sqex

  • Jay

    I’ll just sit in the corner, banging my head against a wall.

  • Begone, Square Enix. Begone.

  • Morricane

    For a second I thought “aww…” but then I realized that I’ve been disappointed by every single entry in the Mana-series after 1995 anyway…so it kinda doesn’t matter anymore.

  • So I guess Square is just like, “Let’s revive our old IPs and turn them into social games.” I won’t be surprised if I see a SaGa social game in the near future.

  • CirnoLakes

    I miss the 90s so badly right now.

  • Gmoyajp

    Sadly This is not what i wanted to hear from one of the best Franchise and yet very Rare

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    Sooooo…the new Mana game was actually a social game. I should expect that. T_T

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