Square Enix Confirms Two Mana Games for North America

Continuing the legacy of the World of Mana series, Square Enix has officially announced North American release plans for both Dawn of Mana and Heroes of Mana. As the follow-up to Secrets of Mana, Dawn of Mana will bring the series into 3D for the first time exclusively for the PS2 when it ships on May 22nd. Taking the Mana series even more into new territory, Heroes of Mana is on the way to the Nintendo DS this summer (no specific date yet) in the form of a real-time strategy RPG, giving players a new perspective on the battle for the Mana Tree as they command armies and plan winning strategies using the DS touch screen.

“The two latest entries in the WORLD of MANA series push the boundaries established in past titles to provide players with a new gaming experience inside a familiar setting,” said Koichi Ishii, creator of the WORLD of MANA series. “DAWN of MANA sets itself apart from action-RPGs of the past as an action-adventure game with an emphasis on action while HEROES of MANA, a strategy RPG, introduces entirely new real-time strategy elements to the series.”

As a special limited-time gift to purchasers of Dawn of Mana, Amazon.com, Game Crazy, GameStop and EB Games will offer a soundtrack sampler disc originally released in Japan titled Breath of Mana. We’ll keep you posted as additional Mana-related news comes along, but for now check out the following galleries of new screenshots we have for both new titles.

Dawn of Mana:

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Heroes of Mana:

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