There have been a lot of grumblings about Square-Enix's lack of updates on some of their games, but the company has been slowly and quietly going through their back catalog in the last little while making little touches here and there. Final Fantasy 3 [$14.99 / $16.99 (HD)] and Final Fantasy 4 [$14.99] have both received updates for MFi controller support, Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99 / $15.99 (HD)] got a major overhaul, and now it seems like one of Square-Enix's first iOS ports, Secret of Mana [$7.99], has gotten its turn.

Originally released on the Super NES in 1993, Secret of Mana quickly became a cult hit, with many follow-ups but few re-releases. After being reissued on Nintendo's Wii Virtual Console service, it was released on the App Store in 2010, which might as well be a million years ago in app years. While it has received a few updates since then, they've only covered critical bug fixes and extra language support.


The new update that just hit today has added MFi controller support, an improved virtual stick for those without controllers, new high resolution UI elements, a fix for the long-standing bug with the background music, and support for retina and 4-inch displays. Since most of the complaints about Secret of Mana's iOS port centered around control difficulties, getting an update that addresses those issues for both people with controllers and without is great. The graphical updates are bit more of a mixed bag, with decorative borders making up the extra screen real estate on bigger displays and the new retina graphics mostly consisting of a filter that gives the game a blurred look. I guess there's only so much you can do without having to remake a lot of things from scratch. At the very least, the new UI elements look great.


Honestly, I'm just happy to see Secret of Mana getting a bit of attention. Since it's not technically a Final Fantasy game and it's fairly old, it would have been pretty easy for Square-Enix to pass on updating it. Instead, we've got a spiffy new version of the game and a great reason to give this old classic yet another playthrough. With any luck, this might mean updates for some of their other classics are on the way, too. Last one to beat up Santa Claus is a rotten egg!

  • KingAce34

    About time thank you

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  • Design by Adrian

    This is one of the best JRPGs of all time! Buy it if you haven't already!

  • Klonis

    Great update!Final fantasy tactics needs a widescreen support.Toucharcade app needs iOS7 update too!

    • curtisrshideler

      Would you want them to stretch FFT horizontally so all the characters and buildings look fatter and shorter or would you want them to zoom in so we lose a strip of the screen at the top and bottom? Because there's no way they'd go back to the original coding and add graphics to a game that is actually at its original aspect ratio. The iPhone 5's screen is the weird aspect ratio for screens back when FFT was originally released.

      • Design by Adrian

        Let a man dream!

      • Mnoz

        Isn't the psp version 16:9 ? That means they have the right assets.

      • Inaba-kun

        That makes zero sense. The game by and large takes place in a huge scrolling playfield. All hey had to do was to open up the matte and show more of the playfield.

  • Smaug

    Does it play good finally?

  • ImJPaul

    Now if they'd only do Chrono Trigger.

    • Zerol3onheart

      This all day. Chrono Trigger looks like they coated it in Vaseline.

    • curtisrshideler

      I'm just glad they recently updated Chrono Trigger to fix the iOS 7 iPhone 5 & 5S bugs that made it look weird.

    • Sora96

      Chrono Trigger was released in December 2011 on the Apple App Store. What's wrong with it?

      • Yannick Ciancanelli

        I think he's talking about graphics and controller support.

  • PoloBaquerizoH

    How this game looks on ipad? Someone have try it?

    • Inaba-kun

      It looks like Chrono Trigger, which to say, at 4:3 frame cropped to the old iPhone 3.5" screen ratio, then blown up to be horribly blurry. On an iPad you're looking at a letter boxed, cropped, fuzzy mess running at a poor frame rate.

  • Inaba-kun

    Square have always really struggled to use iOS hardware well, usually ruining their ports with dismal frame rates, lack of iCloud support, poor controls, and shoddy "unscaled" or "improved" visuals, and often no universal or even iPad support.

    Secret of Mana was one of their worst efforts on those regards. The frame rate in particular was truly atrocious. Quite how it's possible to get something so basic to run in anything less than 60fps boggles the mind, let alone to 20fps or so this miserable port ran in.

    • Sora96

      Secret of Mana was one of their first ports.

      • Design by Adrian

        That doesn't prevent them from updating it.

      • Sora96

        That wasn't my point. My point was it came during a time when they were pretty poor at ports. Their ports of FFI & II are pretty shocking to the point where they leave out content.

  • Morgan01

    ...and it only took almost 2 years for this update. Hopefully this is the start of SE providing better support for their games. Time will tell.

  • defunct32

    iOS 7, i'm keeping this iPod on iOS 6 and if Apple release a new iPod touch then that will be on the latest OS.

  • DJEmergency

    The FPS on this game is terrible. I'm better off using an emulator to run this game, I hope they fix this real soon. I'm on an iPhone 5.

    • curtisrshideler

      Yeah, save states are awesome. Don't know why developers don't add that to all ports. I know it's not how they were intended to be played, but they also weren't meant to be played on mobile phones for 5-10 minutes at a time!

    • Inaba-kun

      The frame rate in all of Square's iOS ports is awful. Even in their most recent effort, Final Fantasy 6, they still couldn't be bothered to make it run at 60fps even on a7 devices.

  • PoloBaquerizoH

    So is not worth on a ipad air?

  • Zaraf

    The new update has some sort of exp bug. I put a screenshot of it in the main game thread.

  • Goggles789

    The frame rate is ok, but could have been worse. That aside, I think I can start getting excited about ios gaming again 🙂

  • Bool Zero

    So how many years do we have to wait for a universal update so that it doesn't look like my eyes are dilated when playing it on an iPad?

  • dbagga84

    The only update this game really needs is its multiplayer, back in the day on the super NES and an attachment that allows up to 4 controllers to be plugged in this game really shined when you had 2 friends over and could play three players. If at the very least, add Bluetooth support so people can relive the old school multiplayer fun.

    • Tyler Lundberg

      true dat. Multi player or not buy

      • Design by Adrian

        What? It has excellent single-player. No reason not to buy just because of lack of multiplayer!

      • Tyler Lundberg

        Is the AI just as dump as the SNES version? if yes, then i have a very good reason not to buy.

      • Design by Adrian

        Yeah, it basically is. FFVI seemed to be new, but then they botched the sprites, so I won't get that either. SquareSoft has lost it's touch.

  • AJShadowz

    That's all fine and dandy but is there no iPad version of this game? I want to play it specially now that it has controller support but it's an SD version only... Bummer.

  • pkmaximum

    The biggest update this game needs is adding Bluetooth multiplayer!

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  • PoloBaquerizoH

    I just try it on my ipad with the new update and seems a little bit better than Chrono Trigger, for me a fan, is good to play it

  • PoloBaquerizoH

    Looks better actually