Recent years have been kind to fans of the classic Mana games! Since mobile release Echoes of Mana is on the way soon, we’re looking back at the franchise and celebrating our favorite Mana series games.
I didn’t have much experience with the Mana series before 2019, when I dabbled in the SNES-era games to see what I had missed in my Final Fantasy fanboy period. I must admit that the game topping my shortlist is still the 2020 Trials of Mana remake. The update to 3D served it well by putting the characters front and center, while the combat, with its adjustable AI and responsive feel, brought it more in line with the genre’s action-RPG presentation. It may be less transformative than, say, Final Fantasy VII Remake, but it’s a new take on an old classic that feels like it respects its original! — Josh
Legend of Mana is my absolute favorite Mana series game. Why? It is so weird! The way its story progresses is unconventional. You have to explore. You need to pay attention. You get out of it what you put into it. The way everything comes together fascinates me. — Jenni