Secret Of Mana 2, Final Fantasy, And Romancing SaGa All Mixed Up In A Game

By Spencer . July 31, 2013 . 11:21pm

The Lord of Vermilion series is known for having crossovers. Persona 4, BlazBlue, and King of Fighters characters were in Lord of Vermilion Re: 2. Lord of Vermilion III will arrive in arcades on August 22 with a mishmash of Square Enix villains.


Deathjester and Isabella are from the Japan-only sequel to Secret of Mana. Saruin and Death come from Romancing SaGa. The arcade game even has notable Final Fantasy characters like the smelly Malboro, deadly Tonberry, and superboss Omega.



Secret of Mana 2

Crimson Lotus Wizard

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Romancing SaGa


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Final Fantasy


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  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    I could go for some new Romancing Saga right now.

    • KuroNathan

      I’ve never played Romancing saga before. I passed by it a few times in the store though, what’s it about?

      • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

        It had humble beginnings as the by-the-numbers traditional gameboy RPG series SaGa (Final Fantasy Legend in US), but expanded its scope during the 16-bit era.

        It’s an open world JRPG, if you can imagine that. Traditionally you have a choice between eight protagonists, each with their own prologue. Once you complete their prologue, the world opens up and you run around exploring and taking on sidequests. There’s usually dozens of party members to meet and recruit. There’s not much characterization, but the focus is on the world rather than on the characters.

        Where Final Fantasy kept things straight-laced, SaGa was where Square had the opporunity to go crazy in the creativity department. The games are full of mysteries and bizarre scenarios.

        It can be a bit arcane at time, and their are dodgier entries in the series (Unlimited Saga, which seems to have killed off the franchise entirely), but if it sounds like the kind of thing you’d enjoy, you won’t be disappointed.

        There’s an excellent fan translation of Romancing Saga 3 for SNES/SFC that you should track down. Not only is the game excellent, but the monster designs are some of the best of the 16-bit era. It also has a boxing lobster named Boston.

        Also, series director Akitoshi Kawazu recently made the ghoulish promise “I will make Romancing Saga 4 before I die.”

        • neocatzon

          Let’s hope he’s not planning to be an immortal.

        • Testsubject909

          Don’t forget about this!

          The PS2 remake of the SNES Romancing Saga!

          I swear, this game is the prime reason why I keep shouting at Squeenix to get off it’s lazy ass and make proper remakes of those beloved games we’re all shouting for already (such as Final Fantasy 6 and the likes).

          And if that magnificent opening isn’t enough to wet your appetite, how’s about a song by Hyadain, with subs (just turn on captions).

          PS. Want more songs by Hyadain? Just search his name on Youtube.

          • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

            I didn’t mention it as I assumed this was what nathanylo was referring to when he said he saw it in a store.

            Romancing Saga PS2, while not without its flaws, is the definitive version of the first game. I don’t really like the stylistic choices in terms of character models (Kobayashi, why the style change? Your original designs were perfect!) but at least it restores all the dummied-out content from the original game.

          • Testsubject909

            Still would’ve been good to mention to him what the game that he/she was eyeing was since it’s the one most readily available to him/her.

            Also not sure why you were downvoted. I’m guessing because of your personal opinion on the design.

          • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

            You are correct, I should’ve!

      • $36598391

        That one would be a bad start to the Saga Series

        look into Saga Frontier and Saga Frontier 2 first

  • Warboss Aohd

    read da title, clicked it, saw it woz fer Lord of Vermillion

    My Reaction;

    • Testsubject909

      Spencer rhymes with Bender.

      Just saying.

  • Dexward

    I wonder why Alexander is human instead of the massive tower.

  • Testsubject909

    I was hyped because I saw Secret of Mana and Romancing Saga.

    Ah well…

    So if anyone’s played the previous Lord of Vermilion. How’s the game?

    • Arcana Wiz

      By the videos is more complicated/big budget thet nirmal card games.

  • ChiffonCake

    You’re not Alexander!

    • Testsubject909

      You called?

  • Arcana Wiz

    I didin’t remember Isabella being so… hot, almost felt bad by beating the crap of her…

  • yellowmage

    Actually, Isabella is from Sword of Mana, but her character design is based on that of Bigieu, who is from SD3. Similarly, Goremand (SoM) is an expy of Deathjester (SD3).

    Oh, and can we PLEASE stop referring to SD3 as Secret of Mana 2? If you must give it an “of Mana” name, call it Heroes of Mana 2, because, chronologically speaking, that’s what it is!

  • Oni123

    it’s a shame this will probably never make it outside of japan =( i love the artwork for the lord of Vermillion cards(much better than the stock pictures for the FF:TGC).

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