For over twenty-four years, Super Famicom’s Seiken Densetsu 3 — the fabled third entry in what we know as Secret of Mana/Final Fantasy Adventure — has remained exclusive to Japan, yet handy fan translations have fans singing its praises as a 16-bit classic. Regardless, they still desire an official localization, and their latest ray of hope lies within recent trademark filings by Square-Enix. As reported by Siliconera, the RPG giant registered trademarks in both America and Europe, producing rampant speculation over whether Seiken Densetsu 3 will finally arrive in the form of Switch’s Seiken Densetsu Collection.
For non-fans scratching their heads at all these names, here’s a brief breakdown: Seiken Densetsu:Final Fantasy Gaiden debuted in Western territories under Final Fantasy Adventure (America) and Mystic Quest (Europe) back in 1991 for Game Boy. While originally produced as a Final Fantasy spin-off, any and all ties with the legendary RPG series were shed upon Seiken Densetsu 2, which we know as Secret of Mana. The SNES RPG found itself a cult following thanks to its quirky cast and co-op play, and was recently subject to a PS4 remake of the same name.
Of course, as many weathered game fans are aware, trademarks aren’t always indicative of new games; for instance, it’s become a running joke how Nintendo repeatedly extends their Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem trademark and, to the surprise of no one, does absolutely nothing with the GameCube horror game. While notable trademark leaks such as Pokémon Sun and Moon have occurred in the past, they’re often nothing more than simply protecting developers’ intellectual property.
Regardless, who knows what the future holds? Do you think this Secret of Mana trademark filing will finally birth a Seiken Densetsu 3 miracle, or is it just a big nothingburger? Let us know in the comments below!