I always like the good news first, so here it is: Secret of Mana for the iPhone will be released this year, presumably before the App Store freeze on the 23rd. The bad news? That's really all we know. The game's producer, Masaru Oyamada, isn't giving out any details on the Squre Enix Facebook page aside from the fact that it's done, and he's happy. Look how happy:

In addition, they're also not discussing pricing aside from the fact that it won't be 99¢, and it will cost less than Chaos Rings. So, basically, what we know for sure is that the game is being released at some undetermined point in the future, and it will cost money. Also, here are three new screenshots:

Secret of Mana was one of the many classic RPGs that SquareSoft released for the Super Nintendo. Instead of turn-based battles like previous games, Secret of Mana is played in real time, similar to a Zelda game. Also, Secret of Mana had a really awesome coop mode where you could play through the game with the help of another player. Last month, I would have doubted that this mode would make its way to the iPhone, but with Sega implementing Bluetooth multiplayer in their Genesis games, I'm not even sure what to think anymore.

At least it sounds like we won't have to wait much longer to find out.

  • Anonymous

    I'm not sure if they could've made those buttons and virtual analogue stick (for a d-pad game) any more intrusive! Sega's emulated games continue to get a lot of bad reviews with 50% transparancy, and here comes along a game with no transparancy on the buttons at all. Really strange design choice.

    Still, I'm kind of interested in this game, because grinding in mobile games is never as bad as grinding while sitting focused on a TV. The original SoM was pretty good for its time, although I don't think it's aged too well... 'teaming up with other players to mindlessly wail on unresponsive enemies in real-time with numbers popping out of their heads' is now the kind of genre restricted to Korean free-to-play MMOs, and isn't really considered to be a fun gaming experience.

    Of all the old Square/Enix RPGs they could've remade, I'm surprised they picked a non-turn-based action RPG, instead of something menu and turn-based which would've suited the iOS touchscreen perfectly (the dragon quest games, for example).

    All in all, bizarre design decisions all round!

  • Swinguy

    Seems like they won't support Retina display, at least for the first release.
    Arhhh, anyway, I have been waiting for THIS game since I have an iPhone, so...

    ENTERING CRAZY MODE!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=549312424 Anonymous

    My partner just got me iPod Touch 4G for Christmas - and with 7th Guest and this, I think I've died and gone to retro heaven. I weep, I weep ;)_

    • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

      @Checks Calendar. Um..... ok.. partner??

  • Bobby

    I've actually been looking forward to this one.

    I loved Children of Mana on the Nintendo DS. I played the crap out of it. Repetitive grinding, yes, but addictive.

    All of the reviews at the time had said that Children of Mana was good but not as good as the original. I've been wanting to play Secret of Mana ever since. :)

    Besides, it will give me a break from the thoroughly addictive, repetitive grinding in Dungeon Hunter 2.

    I was never into Nintendo as a kid, I was more of an Atari and later a PC gamer, so I missed out on a lot of these old SNES classics. As a retro gamer adult though I've generally enjoyed them.

    • http://twitter.com/Zakoholic Marius Friedrichs

      You should also check out "Sword of Mana", a GBA remake of the first "Seiken Densetsu" (which was released on the original Gameboy). If you don't already know, "Seiken Densetsu 2" = "Secret of Mana". =)

      • Bobby

        Ah - okay. Thanks! It's possible that "Sword of Mana" is the one I was thinking of, then.

        Those Japanese games can be so confusing, with their version numbering / naming that's different from the western releases. Especially when there are rereleases under the original Japanese name. Trying to keep all of the Final Fantasy releases straight is completely mind blowing.

        Still won't keep me from getting this. :)

  • xStatiCa

    I will be buying this for my significant other. That is her favorite game.

  • Chris

    I hadn't realized Square Enix had put out any games on the iOS platform until I saw this article. I just picked up Chaos Rings and I may shoot for one of the FF's afterward. I had always heard Secret of Mana was excellent and I attempted to begin playing it on ZSNES a few years ago but I never made much progress. I'm definitely interested in this, but like others have said; I do hope they add retina display support and clean up the control interface a bit and make it less intrusive.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cat-Astrophy/100000838113704 Cat Astrophy

      There won't be retina support. They're not going to re-draw every sprite in the game for a display update...at the very least w/o charging an exorbitant price.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Showers/100000900130483 Andrew Showers

    I never knew that Square Enix was making games for the iPhone. I wounder when will they finish FFVII remake. I also have a blog about gaming on http://www.myvgratings.com/blog come check it out :-).

    • Best_soup

      Ff7 remake comes out next year for 3ds

  • http://twitter.com/johnhood John Hood

    First day purchase. :)

  • E_Domina

    I actually want Legend of Mana that was on PS1. That was tight

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cat-Astrophy/100000838113704 Cat Astrophy

    Co-op was terrible on the SNES for this game because you constantly needed to access your ring menu which paused the game. Also any good SoM player spent an hour or two going back and forth between the inn and mobs to power level spells and that would be cumbersome with two people.

    They'd have to re-do the interface with two people and maybe with this platform they've done enough where it's worth bothering to try. I've already got this on the SNES emulator but I will buy it anyway just to support more classic Square games instead of their garbage gimmick apps that use your voice or iTunes music to "generate" content.

  • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

    @this

    Played this way too many times. Eternal Legacy owns this. Hurry up Square start porting FF6-10 for $5.

    • ff fanboy

      FF 7-9 is in psn for $10

  • Bingpi

    Ive been waiting for this for so long!

  • Vsfish

    HMmm little point though. Can just play this on Ipod touch snes emulator already

  • Vsfish

    And for that one can even play Seiken Densetsu III much better version in english patched

  • Vsfish

    And who care if remake with more touch features... game operate best as original