The precursor to Secret of Mana is getting a major revival and overhaul on Game Boy Advance.
Although Seiken Densetsu for GBA was announced a while back, and there have been a few screens released, no one really knew much about the game until now. Square has updated its Japanese website with plenty of new info on the game, plus some new media that we'll try to have uploaded soon.
According to our Japanese correspondent, Bakudan Yoshinoya, the game's full title is Shin Yaku Seiken Densetsu, or "New Testament: Legend of the Sacred Sword". (The original was just "Legend of the Sacred Sword" and was released for Game Boy in North America as Final Fantasy Adventure.)
Here is Bakudan's translation of the website's new info:
Genre: Action RPG Game Boy Advance Supports Link Cable for 1-2 Players Release Date - Summer 2003 Price: N/A
In 1991, the Seiken Densetsu series, which started in the black and white era of Game Boy, held up as one of Square's three RPG pillars, but ever since "Seiken Densetu Legend of Mana" in 1999 (released on PlayStation), we have not seen the series.
However, responding to the voices of many fans that want a revival of the game, in summer 2003 the legend comes back on the Game Boy Advance.
The producer, current FFXI director and the father of the series, is Mr. Ishii Kouichi. All the previous staff that are now independent have come together again for the "Seiken." A very powerful Mana Project Collaboration is being realized as the development continues.
This game will be based on the Game Boy version where the legend started. Just like how the black and white screen of the Game Boy eolved into the high specs of the GBA,, after ten years, the latest game will also grow properly. Please look forward to "Shin Yaku Seiken Densetu."
Fans of the series will be excited to learn that Brownie Brown, a Nintendo second-party, is developing the new Seiken Densetsu. Brownie Brown was formed by many ex-Square employees who once worked on the Seiken Densetsu games. Apparently there were no hard feelings between the two companies.