“The amount of feedback at that point in time was actually quite surprising.”
One of the more underrated releases coming out of Square Enix in the coming months is its remake for Secret of Mana. Based on the classic SNES title, it features full 3D graphics, voice acting, rearrangements for classic tracks and auto save features. With a planned release for PS4, PS Vita and PC, the obvious question many asked was, “Why not Nintendo Switch?” Playing the game on handheld will already be possible on the PlayStation Vita, for instance.
Speaking to GameSpot during a demo session, producer Masaru Oyamada explained that it was more due to the remake being planned nearly two years ago before the Nintendo Switch was even announced or publicly revealed. “At that point in time, the Switch in itself wasn’t officially or publicly announced, so there wasn’t really much information in terms of the specifications. We weren’t completely sure if we’d be able to do it because we didn’t know that information. And there was always a question of, ‘Is it going to come out or not?’
“Our development progressed in tandem with everything, and so the Switch platform was removed from our targets. That said, once we announced this title around TGS – a couple of people in Japan, but more so among North America and European players – they were requesting a Switch version. So the amount of feedback we received at that point in time was actually quite surprising.”
As always, never say never when it comes to official Switch support. “Looking to the future, figuring out and making considerations for what’s possible or not, we’re definitely open to that.”
Secret of Mana is scheduled to release on February 15th worldwide. Would you like a version for Nintendo Switch? Let us know below.