Nintendo's launch line-up for the Nintendo Switch may have been sparse and, for many, underwhelming. However, variety is the spice of life and Nintendo is looking to add some new entries to their software menu for the Switch by reviving an old SNES classic in the form of The Secret of Mana.
According to Gamespot, however, the classic 16-bit hack-and-slash RPG will only be launching for the Switch in Japan... for now. The game will launch as part of the Seiken Densetsu Collection in Japan starting on June 1st.
The collection includes three games, including Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy Adventure, and Seiken Densetsu 3. Final Fantasy Adventure originally released in Europe as Mystic Quest, but it wasn't widely received that well. It turns out that Secret of Mana is actually Seiken Densetsu 2, which is why Seiken Densetsu 3 managed to get the third numerical listing in its name. Also, the third game was never officially released outside of Japan, which is why it's still referred to in its native Japanese name.
This news came out shortly after the Seiken Densetsu Twitter (the Japanese name for Secret of Mana) teased gameplay footage of the game running on the Nintendo Switch via a Twitter post.
According to the report, the three games will launch both in physical format and digitally by the Nintendo eShop. The physical game will come on a single cart with all three games packed in for 4,800 yen, which they estimate would be around $40 - $45.
The article also cites Gematsu as having revealed that there are some new features tossed into the Nintendo Switch version of the collection, including the quick-save feature so that you can save your progress at any time during the gameplay. This is equivalent of the quick save feature in most emulators that allow gamers to quickly save and reload their progress.
There's also a new music mode that they've added, allowing users to listen to the different songs from the soundtrack of all three games on the home screen.
There's no Western release date for this collection, so if you wanted to purchase the cartridge with these games on it... you're fresh out of luck. However, it is possible to import the cartridge if you're so inclined to get the Seiken Densetsu Collection for the Nintendo Switch and have something physical you can hold in your hands.
Otherwise, it's possible to simply head to the Japanese eShop and download the digital copy of the collection and play it on your system no matter where you are in the world given that the Nintendo Switch is region free.
Your only major hiccup would be that all three games are in Japanese, so you'll have to brush up on your Kanji if you want to play the games.