Secret of Mana
If you’re a diehard JRPG enthusiast but never got around to playing Secret of Mana, this February will give you a chance to see what all the hype is about. Faithfully adapting the beloved story and top-down gameplay of the original title while incorporating eye-catching 3D graphics and a modern control scheme, this remake follows in the footsteps of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, as it’s re-imagined from the ground up. If you’ve played the original back on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, you’ll be pleased to learn that this version of the classic includes voice-over and a newly arranged soundtrack, too. Of course, if you’d like to experience the game using Japanese voices and English subtitles, that option’s available to you as well.
Though some may be wondering why Square Enix didn’t forgo the PS Vita and make Secret of Mana available on the Switch instead, the move isn’t entirely unprecedented. Vita is home to a vast collection of JRPG titles and serves that niche market so well both in Japan itself and overseas, so it actually makes a lot of sense that the game’s publisher wants to strive to cater to that audience as best as they can.