Square is making up for all those years they never let us play Trials of Mana by giving us the game twice in one year. First there came the original, which finally arrived in translated form 24 years late on Nintendo Switch (check Collection of Mana if you haven’t already). Next comes the remake, which so far looks good.
It’s time to get acquainted with the colorful cast of Trials of Mana. The game’s main gimmick is that it contains six playable characters, and you can only choose three. This ensures that you can play the game many times with a different combination of characters each time, and with a game as classic as Trials of Mana, you’ll want to.
First there’s purple-haired princess Angela, who ran away from her kingdom as an act of rebellion against her corrupt mother. But can you blame her? Her mom’s latest idea is to kill Angela as part of a sacrificial spell to gain ultimate power. Forget her!
The redhead is Duran, a soldier from the neighboring kingdom of Valsena. Despite his tough-looking appearance, Duran is even-tempered, even under the current circumstances where he’s seeking revenge against an evil wizard.
The dude with the feathered hair is Kevin, heir to the throne of the Beast Kingdom of Ferolia. The Beasts are causing problems throughout the world, but Kevin is a good guy. Small Charlotte is granddaughter to Wendel’s Priest of Light, and her localization has proved controversial, as she officially TAWKS WIKE DEIS. None of the fan translations for Seiken Densetsu 3 put that kind of twist on it.
There are two more characters to control in Trials of Mana, but their trailers haven’t been released yet. The game will be out for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC on April 24.