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Seiken Densetsu
The logo for Seiken Densetsu.
Developer(s)Square, Brownie Brown
Publisher(s)Square, SquareSoft, Square Enix
Year introduced1991
Genre(s)Action, Adventure, RPG

The Seiken Densetsu (聖剣伝説? lit. "Holy Sword Legend") series is developed and published by Square Enix (formerly Squaresoft and Enix). The original Seiken Densetsu was renamed Final Fantasy Adventure, Seiken Densetsu 2 was renamed Secret of Mana, and Seiken Densetsu 3 was renamed Trials of Mana when it was finally localized to the US as part of Collection of Mana (there are numerous English translations of the ROM, which generally refer to the game as Seiken Densetsu 3).

Trials of Mana was the first video game ever to be translated in English by fans.

Secret of Evermore is the only title developed in the USA instead of in Japan. It is just loosely related to the Mana series. The lead programmer declared in an interview: "We were, simply put, to make an American-flavored Secret-of-Mana-like game".[1]

World of Mana was a commercial process to revive the series. It includes four games released within one year (spring 2006 - spring 2007), as well as other media.


If you sort the table by Number (N.), the numbered titles will be displayed close to each other. This includes the first title and its remake.

N. Original/Japanese title Localized/English title Year Genre Systems
1 聖剣伝説 ~ファイナルファンタジー外伝~
Holy Sword Legend: A Final Fantasy Adventure
Final Fantasy Adventure (US)
Mystic Quest (EU)
1991 Globe.svg GB
Globe.svg (2016) Phones, PSV
2 聖剣伝説2
Holy Sword Legend 2
Secret of Mana 1993 Globe.svg SNES
Globe.svg (2018) PS4, PSV, MS-Win
3 聖剣伝説3
Holy Sword Legend 3
Trials of Mana 1995 Flag of Japan.svg SNES
Globe.svg SNES (fan translation)
9 - Secret of Evermore 1995 Flag of the United States.svg SNES
Holy Sword Legend: Legend of Mana
Legend of Mana 1999 Globe.svg PS1
1 新約 聖剣伝説
New Version: Holy Sword Legend
Sword of Mana 2003 Globe.svg GBA
4 聖剣伝説4
Holy Sword Legend 4
Dawn of Mana 2006 Globe.svg PS2
Holy Sword Legend DS: Children of Mana
Children of Mana 2006 Globe.svg NDS
9 聖剣伝説 HEROES of MANA
Holy Sword Legend: Heroes of Mana
Heroes of Mana 2007 Strategy Globe.svg NDS

Online games[edit]

Original title Localized title Released Shut down Genre Systems
聖剣伝説 フレンズ·オブ·マナ
Holy Sword Legend: Friends of Mana
- 2006 2011 Multiplayer Flag of Japan.svg Phones
Holy Sword Legend: Circle of Mana
- 2013 2015 Trading cards Flag of Japan.svg Phones
聖剣伝説 RISE of MANA
Holy Sword Legend: Rise of Mana
- 2014 2016 MMORPG Flag of Japan.svg Phones

Multiplayer option[edit]

The following games can be played cooperatively:

  • Secret of Mana (SNES, 1993): 1 to 3 players
  • Trials of Mana (SNES, 1993): 1 or 2 players
  • Legend of Mana (PS1, 1999): 1 or 2 players
  • Children of Mana (NDS, 2006): 1 to 4 players
  • Heroes of Mana (NDS, 2007): 1 or 2 players

The three Japan-only online games are multiplayer, too, but they are better described as massively multiplayer online (MMO).